Programs: Calendar

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American Artists’ Innovations with Drawing and Color

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
American artists returning from studies in Paris implemented the language of 19th-century European masters in new ways. Instead of choosing to continue a rigid emphasis on color or line, American modernists challenged existing definitions of beauty. Artists like William Glackens, Ernest Lawson, Alfred Maurer, and Maurice Prendergast established a visual language that was both gritty and vibrant, like the experience of their urban milieu. Their innovations paved the way towards international recognition of American art.

Mondays, April 20–May 11 (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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Museum Additions: Reinventing Architectural Traditions

Instructor: Grace Ong Yan, PhD
How do architects design additions to historical buildings? Explore how new architecture has been forged from existing structures and traditions. Visit and discuss sites like the Liberty Bell Center, Independence National Historical Park, the Franklin Institute, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and Franklin Court, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including walking tours with the architects and landscape architects who designed them: Venturi Scott Brown Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Saylor Gregg, and Olin Partnership. 

Tuesdays, April 21–May 12 (4 classes)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Albert Barnes in the Company of Collectors

Instructor: Blake Bradford, Bernard C. Watson Director of Education
After 90 years, the Barnes Foundation’s collection continues to be a singular experience. Albert Barnes was not alone, however, in assembling an excellent collection or in engaging modernism. Explore Barnes’s accomplishments alongside those of Katherine Dreier, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Duncan Phillips, and other peers. This course offers a timeline for what was being collected by Barnes and his contemporaries, both individual and institutional.

Tuesdays, April 21–May 12 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Ensemble Introduction: Symbol, Metaphor, and Design

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
The Barnes Foundation’s eclectic ensembles combine diverse cultures and art forms. The juxtaposition of different pieces creates multiple levels of interpretation. This two-day workshop guides students through a process of discovery and provides a deeper understanding of the design, aesthetics, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations and ensembles.

Monday and Tuesday, June 15–16 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Drawing with Scissors: Matisse Cut Paper

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Henri Matisse remains among the rare artists whose late work was as original, vital, and controversial as their early work. In this two-day workshop, explore Matisse’s unorthodox method of using cut paper.  He originally used this practice to plan his compositions, but eventually developed the technique into finished works of art. Learn more about this fascinating medium as well as discovering your inner Matisse with a hands-on lesson in cut paper design.

Monday and Tuesday, June 22–23 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Dr. Barnes and the Women Artists of the Barnes Collection

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MEd
"Why are there so few women artists in the Barnes collection?" This workshop explores, through the lens of the Barnes collection, the history of female artists and their struggle for recognition. Learn about the women artists in the collection, including Mary Cassatt and Marie Laurencin, as well as unheralded female painters from the Renaissance through the modernist era.

Monday and Tuesday, June 29–30 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7200.