Programs: Calendar

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The Nude in Art: Artist, Model, and Sexuality

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Artists have used the unclothed figure to represent knowledge vs. ignorance, morality vs. sin, beauty vs. vulgarity. Using the Barnes's extensive collection of figure paintings, compare and contrast nudes by Cézanne, Courbet, Degas, Matisse, Modigliani, Pascin, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec and discuss public reaction to nudes, the artist's intentions, and the relationship between artist and model. Includes a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tuesdays, January 27-May 5 (14 classes)
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

education

Third Year Thesis Seminar

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
Use discussions and research to develop an original thesis and final paper on a topic related to the collection. Upon successful completion of the Thesis Seminar, students who have completed the other elements of the certificate sequence are eligible to receive their certificate and be recognized at the annual graduation ceremony.

Tuesdays, January 27-May 5 (14 classes)
11 am–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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The Active Eye

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
The artist's active eye integrates observation of visual phenomena with a broader sensory awareness. Using paintings by De Chirico, Gauguin, Klee, Miró, and Rousseau, this course explores how artists' thoughts, emotions, and sensations inform their art. Students in this course discover how artists think, see, and create, and activate their own visual, tactile, and olfactory senses in interactive exercises and projects.

Wednesdays, January 28-May 6 (14 classes)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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From Periphery to Center: Institutionalizing Modern Art

Instructor: Matthew Palczynski, PhD
When did modern art become modern? What role did patrons, collectors, dealers, exhibitions, galleries, and museums play in shaping and structuring our view of vanguard art? This workshop explores the institutionalization of modern art since the late 19th century, with particular emphasis on its inclusion in the canon of art history.

Mondays, February 2–March 2 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Antique Genius and Dramatic Romantics: Drawing, Color, and Modern Painting

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
In 19th-century France, artists were challenged to choose between two schools of thought. Some maintained an allegiance to drawing and the academic training of the École des Beaux-Arts, while others pursued emerging theories about color and new pigments. Focusing on David, Corot, and Manet, this workshop examines the evolution of modern painting from the tensions between old and new.

Mondays, February 2–March 2 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Ingres, Delacroix, and the Battle of Line and Color

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
Focusing on Ingres and Delacroix, examine the tensions that energized painting in 19th-century Paris. While some artists advocated for classical motifs and focused on line and drawing, a new generation emphasized color as the most important compositional element. Study these artists’ works and learn how they gave rise to a more modern style.

Mondays, March 9-April 6 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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The Barnes Collection: Painting Practice and a Look Beneath the Surface

Instructor: Barbara Buckley, Barnes senior director of conservation
How do the artist's materials affect the appearance of a painting? Led by Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings Barbara Buckley, this workshop explores historic painting materials and techniques with a focus on impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings. Students look closely at paintings in the collection and are introduced to painting media including fresco, egg tempera, oil, and modern synthetic paints. Includes a visit to the Barnes conservation studio.

Tuesdays, March 10–April 7 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.