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Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program


This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Living Still Life

Tuesday, July 9, 10am – 4pm

In this one-day workshop, learn how the once-humble still life became an important genre in contemporary art.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, July 16, 10am – 4pm

Explore the history and use of color in paintings from the Barnes collection.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Drawing with Scissors

Tuesday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 7, 10am – 4pm

Explore the unique cut-paper method developed by Henri Matisse and discover your inner artist with a hands-on lesson.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Demystifying Old Master Materials and Techniques

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 6 – 8pm

Through careful looking and in-class exercises, learn how the old masters layered materials to create luminous color and illusionistic precision.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Mysteries of Iron

Saturdays, September 21 – October 12, 10am – 12pm

Learn how the extraordinary metalwork in the Barnes collection was created and used, and see how it is preserved today.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Decisions Artists Make

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 5, 1 – 3pm

Explore how the creative choices made by artists communicate their vision and affect the viewer’s experience.