Semester Courses

Art Classes

Category I: THE BARNES METHOD
Courses derived from the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia, focusing on visual confrontation with the object and formal analysis. 


John Dewey’s Art as Experience
Wednesdays, September 14–December 7 (12 classes)
6–8 pm
Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics
In Art as Experience, first published in 1934, Dewey explored the nature of lived experiences, their connection to the learning process, and their role as the source of artistic expression. Dedicated to Albert C. Barnes, Art as Experience is a cornerstone of American pragmatism and aesthetics. Discover how art and life are intertwined through close reading and group discussion.
$350; members $315

Register online or call 215.278.7200.


Collections Concentration: The Art of Paul Cézanne
Tuesdays, September 6–December 20 (14 classes)
Noon–3 pm
Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics
Matisse called Cézanne the “father of us all.” This course traces Cézanne’s development from his earliest works to the Barnes Foundation’s 1906 Large Bathers, completed the year of his death.  Participants will explore Cézanne’s use of the traditions of art, his relationship to his contemporaries, and consider his lasting impact on the art that followed.
$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475

Class is full; to be wait-listed e-mail education@barnesfoundation.org


The Elements of Art
Tuesdays, September 6–December 20 (14 classes)
6–9 pm
Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics
One of the oldest forms of expression and communication, art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences. Learn the principles that underlie all art and discover its communicative power—teaching in the galleries allows students to see paintings up close.  
$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475

Class is full; to be wait-listed e-mail education@barnesfoundation.org


Ensembles
Tuesdays, September 6–December 20 (14 classes)
11 am–1 pm
Instructor: Molly Walker, MA
Why did Albert Barnes arrange his collection in such unconventional groups, mixing together paintings, decorative arts, and utilitarian objects from different cultures and time periods? Learn about the educational philosophy behind his installation and explore how the works in each group connect to one another.
$500; members $450

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

 


Category 3: ART IN CONTEXT
Connect works of art to history: what was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time the piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?


Modigliani, Pascin, Soutine: Life in Montparnasse
Tuesdays, September 6–December 20 (14 classes)
2–4 pm
Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
These three artists were Jewish ex-patriots living in Paris in the 1920s. They shared a fascination with the studio and café life of Montmartre and Montparnasse and earned a reputation as peintres maudits (cursed painters). Explore their emotional responses to their surroundings and the culture in which they lived and worked. 
$500; members $450

Class is full; to be wait-listed e-mail education@barnesfoundation.org

 

 

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