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The Traditions of Art

The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 1 – 4pm

Salomon van Ruysdael. Rhine River View near Rhenen (detail), c. 1660–1665. BF808. Public Domain.

$500; members $450;
with accreditation through PAFA $1,475 (3 credits)

(14 classes)

Class is full; to be wait-listed, email us. Scholarships are still available.

About the Class

Art is a visual record of human ideas and perceptions. Focusing primarily on developments in Western European art, this class explores how artistic traditions influence one another, how artists learn from and adapt these traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Capacity: 18


William Perthes

Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.