Please note: this education schedule is current as of September 2015. Updates and images can be downloaded at:


The Barnes-de Mazia Education Program offers a progressive approach to learning. Using an inquiry-based method, students of all ages are encouraged to develop their visual and analytical skills under the direction of dedicated instructors. In all Barnes courses, students debate, exchange ideas and engage in the discovery of new ways of seeing and thinking. 


The Wrath of the Gods: The Art of Prometheus Bound
Wednesdays, September 30–October 14 (3 sessions)
1–3 pm
Instructor: Christine Stoughton, PhD 
This course focuses on Peter Paul Rubens and his masterpiece Prometheus Bound in conjunction with the exhibition The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Examine Rubens and his work within the context of the traditions that influenced him and, in turn, his influence on artists that followed him. The first two sessions will be held at the Barnes preparing for the final session on October 14, where we will be viewing the exhibit at Philadelphia Museum of Art.
$150; members $135 

A Look at Cézanne
Wednesdays, October 7–21 (3 sessions; all off-site)
6:30–8:30 pm
Instructor: David Nolan, adjunct art instructor
Few artists of the late 19th century continue to engage today’s audiences as profoundly as Cézanne. More than 100 years after his death in 1906, Cézanne’s art is still fresh and surprising. This workshop explores Cézanne’s art, his relationship to artistic tradition, and his influence on the development of modern art.

Classes take place in the Paoli Room at Hershey’s Mill, 1500 Greenhill Road, West Chester, PA.

Includes an optional tour of Cézanne’s works at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, October 18, at 10 am.
$100; members $90 

Learning to See
Thursdays, October 8–November 12 (6 sessions; all off-site)
10:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Deborah Krupp, PhD
Learn how to look at paintings and sculptures and explore questions of medium and the nature of art in this workshop appropriate for the seasoned art enthusiast as well as the novice.

Classes takes place at Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, PA, with a final visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
$125. Register at or call 215.887.4882. 

Lessons from the Masters, part 1
Mondays, October 12–November 2 (4 sessions)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
As Albert Barnes built his collection, he witnessed the rapid evolution of modern art. Beginning with an examination of early modernism in Cézanne’s Toward Mont Sainte-Victoire, students in this workshop are guided on a unique exploration of the Barnes collection. Michael Rossman offers an artist’s perspective on the relationships between modern styles and on the formal connections between works by diverse artists in the Barnes ensembles.
$300; members $270 

Becoming Picasso: From the Academy to Modernism
Tuesdays, October 13–November 3 (4 sessions)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Al Gury, MFA, chair of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Like many early modern painters, Picasso was deeply influenced by his artistic formation in the academic tradition. This workshop is an artist-led discussion of Picasso’s development as a modernist painter, examining his academic training and the forces influencing his generation of artists. Lectures and gallery discussions illuminate Picasso’s techniques and personal life, as well as the world of early modernist painters in the 20th century.
$300; members $270 

Appreciating Impressionism Objectively
Thursdays, October 29–November 19 (4 sessions; all off-site)
1–3 pm
Instructor: Marilyn Bauman, adjunct art instructor
Dr. Barnes wrote in The Art in Painting: “The movement known as impressionism was more deeply revolutionary than any preceding movement except the departure by Giotto from the traditions of the Middle Ages.” This course examines the revolutionary art of impressionism’s founders, studies the movement’s sources in artistic tradition, evaluates impressionist techniques, and reviews the modernist legacy.

Classes take place in the Paoli Room at Hershey’s Mill, 1500 Greenhill Road, West Chester, PA.
$100; members $90

Discovering The Art of American Still Life
Thursdays, November 12–December 3 (3 sessions)
10 am–noon
Instructor: Christine Stoughton, PhD
There is surprising variety within the genre of American still life painting. In this workshop, discover the many subjects, techniques, and philosophies in still life. Includes a visit to Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
$150; members $135 

Lessons from the Masters, part 2
Mondays, November 16–December 7 (4 sessions)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
The impact of a great work of art is often the result of many small, calculated gestures. Painters create masterpieces by juxtaposing harmonies of color, line, and other elements. Michael Rossman offers a contemporary artist’s insight into the manipulation of form to create dramatic artistic outcomes. Beginning with the unique use of colors in Van Gogh’s Postman, students explore the art of Matisse, Maurer, and others in the Barnes collection.
$300; members $270 

Albert Barnes and African Art
Tuesdays, November 17–December 8 (4 sessions)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Christa Clarke, PhD, senior curator of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum
In the 1920s, Albert Barnes assembled one of the nation’s earliest and most influential collections of African art. This workshop explores the development of the collection and its significance to the Foundation’s vision, as well as Barnes’s role in the Harlem Renaissance. Students gain a deeper understanding of the sculptural traditions at the core of the African art collection and their cultural context. 
$300; members $270

Semester Courses

Ensembles - Third Year
September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
11 am–1 pm
Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
The Barnes collection contains a diverse range of objects: paintings, furniture, metalwork, other decorative arts, and more. Albert Barnes arranged them into “ensembles” that invite close looking by creating formal connections across traditional categories. Students deepen their understanding of the design, aesthetic, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations.
$900; members $810 

This class is sold out. If you wish to be added to our waitlist, please call 215.278.7300.

Part I: Informed Perception
Tuesdays, September 1–December 15 (14 classes) (NOTE: this course has already begun)
Noon–3 pm
Instructor: William Perthes
Having the galleries of the Barnes Foundation as your classroom is an experience you won't soon forget! Informed Perception introduces the concepts and application of the objective method of art analysis through direct engagement. This class provides highly motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves through immersion in our objective approach to the arts. While there are no prerequisites for this course, students should expect a dynamic and rigorous learning experience including required readings, written assignments, and papers.
$750; members $675.

Part II: Traditions in Art
Tuesdays, September 1–December 15 (14 classes) (NOTE: this course has already begun)
6–9 pm
Instructor: William Perthes
An overview of art as it has developed through history. Includes required readings and written assignments. Completion of Part I: Informed Perception is helpful but not required.
$750; members $675.

This class has been sold out. If you wish to be added to our waitlist, please call 215.278.7308.

Year-Long Courses

Introduction to Visual Literacy
August 31, 2015 (Start of year-long course)   
Section I: Mondays August 31, 2015-May 9, 2016, 6-8pm (28 classes)
Section II: Wednesdays September 2, 2015-May 4, 2016, Noon–2 pm (28 classes)
Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
This engaging course is part of the original curriculum of the Barnes Foundation. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, students explore the entire collection as they learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing the elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning.
$1,500; members $1,350

September 1, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
1–3 pm 
Instructor: Linda Robinson, M.Ed.
Study the evolution of art in the Barnes collection. Discover how artists learned from and developed creative responses to their predecessors, explore the influence of old masters like Michelangelo and Rembrandt on artists as diverse as Matisse and Renoir, and learn how 20th-century innovations like cubism, fauvism, and abstract expressionism were inspired by the impressionists and post-impressionists.
$1,500; members $1,350


The Barnes Foundation's Arboretum School has been educating students in the field of horticulture since its creation under Laura Leggett Barnes in 1940. Experienced instructors integrate a combination of classroom lectures, field study, hands-on practice, and visits to other gardens in this comprehensive program incorporating science, design, and plant knowledge. Upon successful completion of the three-year program that meets one day per week, students receive a certificate of merit in horticulture.


Design with Confidence! A step-by-step approach
September 25, 2015 (Start of 3-class workshop)       
1–3:30 pm
300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA
Instructor: Jules Bruck, APLD
Designing a garden should be fun, but it can easily become overwhelming. By learning to measure your garden space, put it on paper, make design decisions, and communicate your ideas using quick landscape graphics, you’ll save money, time, and back pain. Students practice landscape design and plant combination skills to get a boost of gardening confidence.
$105; members $94. 

Contemporary Botanical Illustration
Thursdays, October 1–November 19 (8 classes)
1–4 pm
Instructor: Marylyn Waltzer, certified botanical instructor
Using both pencil and watercolor, develop the skills to create highly detailed, expressive, and accurate botanical compositions. Learn how colors interact in watercolor and explore floral structure, form, and elements of composition. All levels welcome.
$360; members $324 

Wednesdays, October 28–December 16 (6 classes)
1:30–4 pm
Instructor: Richard Bitner, horticulturalist
Explore the world of evergreen and deciduous conifer plants, ranging from shrubby dwarfs to towering trees. Focus is on the major coniferous genera, emphasizing identification, growth patterns, and landscape use. Through classroom lectures, examination of cut specimens, and field observation, learn about conifers for larger landscapes, as well as dwarf or slow-growing cultivars for smaller gardens.
$210; members $189 

Holiday wreath workshop
Friday, December 4, or Saturday, December 5
10:30 am–noon
Instructor: Rachel Burlington, Barnes gardener
Learn simple techniques to transform a selection of fresh-cut evergreens, pods, cones, and berries from the Barnes Arboretum into a wreath embellished with unusual decorative elements inspired by nature. More beautiful than anything commercially available, your custom wreath will last well beyond the holiday season.
$88; members $79

Horticulture Certificate Program

First-year horticulture certificate program

Two semesters
August 31–December 14, 2015
January 25–May 9, 2016
Mondays, 8:30 am-4:15 pm

$2,750; members $2,475
For more information on courses, visit the website.

All classes meet once a week in the Barnes Residence at the 
Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066

Cultivating Passion
A daylong symposium exploring how plants inspire artists, writers, gardeners, and designers
Thursday, October 1
9 am–6 pm

Join us for a day of discussion about plants and horticulture as catalysts for creativity. Speakers include poet Molly Peacock discussing the fascinating Mrs. Delany, a pioneering botanical artist in 18th-century England; renowned landscape architect, author, and environmental artist W. Gary Smith; and local thinkers, makers, and gardeners Dan Benarcik, Syd Carpenter, Roy Diblik and Rob Cardillo.

Cultivating Passion commemorates 75 years of horticulture education at the Barnes Arboretum. Founded by Laura Barnes in 1940 as the Arboretum School, the Barnes Horticulture Education program has educated generations of passionate horticulturists and today continues the tradition of transforming good gardeners into great gardeners.

Includes box lunch, wine reception, and a private viewing of the Barnes collection

$130; members $117


The Barnes Foundation’s K-12 programs promote interdisciplinary connections to meet Pennsylvania Core Standards and National Visual Arts Standards. Programs focus on all aspects of the school curriculum.

General programs are available to students from all school districts and from any educational setting: we tailor lessons to meet the needs, abilities, and grade level of each group. Gallery lessons run October–June. Registration is required.

Sponsored programs supporting cross-curricular outreach are available for up to 7,500 students in the School District of Philadelphia (K-12) and some Catholic schools (grades 5–8). They combine in-class learning led by Barnes educators with a structured tour of the Philadelphia Collection Gallery and the Roberts Gallery. They also include curricular materials, transportation, and gallery admission.

The Barnes Foundation smART Fund for Education, established by GSK 

LOOK! REFLECT! CONNECT!a PNC Grow Up Great Initiative

Educator Resources 


The Barnes Foundation ( was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the world’s finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, and Giorgio de Chirico; works by American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin, and Maurice Prendergast; old master paintings; important examples of African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; decorative arts and ironwork; and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged in ensembles structured according to light, line, color, and space—principles that Dr. Barnes called “the universal language of art.” The Foundation’s programs include First Fridays, young professionals nights, tours, tastings, and family programs, as well as Barnes-de Mazia Education Program courses and workshops. These programs advance the Foundation’s mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The Barnes Foundation is open Wednesday–Monday and tickets can be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215.278.7200. Ticket prices and current hours are listed on our website

The Barnes Arboretum in Merion contains more than 2,000 varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and expanded under the direction of Laura Leggett Barnes, the living collections include 40 state champion trees, a Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include lilacs, peonies, stewartias, ferns, medicinal plants, hostas, and magnolias. The Horticulture Education Program has offered a comprehensive three-year certificate course in the botanical sciences, horticulture, garden aesthetics, and design since its establishment in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes. The arboretum also offers horticulture workshops and lectures, and is open to the public Friday – Sunday from May through November. Tickets can be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215.278.7200. Ticket prices and current hours are listed on our website.


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