Programs: Calendar

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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.

Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine

Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

This workshop explores Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine’s diverse emotional responses to their experiences in Paris in the 1920s. These artists, Jewish expatriates fascinated by the studio and café life of Montmartre and Montparnasse, earned the reputation of peintres maudits (cursed painters). The Barnes Foundation houses an incredible number of masterpieces by these artists. Through examination of the formal elements in their work, students consider how Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine responded to their unique artistic, historical, and social position.

July 13, 2015 (Start of 3-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $600; members $540

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Reading the Collection

Reading the Collection: Narrative Patterns and Visual Meaning

Instructor: John B Gatti, MFA

Read artists’ visual language and the elements that reveal their narrative intentions. Learn to recognize how pictorial content and visual styles create an artist’s voice. Consider Bonnard, Cézanne, Manet, Picasso, and Rousseau.

July 13, 2015 (Start of 2-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Exploring the Collection

Exploring the Collection: Line, Space, and Shape

Instructor: John B Gatti, MFA

Using masterworks in the Barnes collection, learn how artists use techniques like dynamic line and ambiguous perspective to engage the eye and invite viewer into the work. Explore the art of El Greco, Gauguin, Soutine, Van Gogh, and others.

July 27, 2015 (Start of 2-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Exploring the Collection

Exploring the Collection: Color, Mood, and Intention

Instructor: John B Gatti, MFA

Investigate how major artists use color to create mood and establish tension, balance, and space in their work. Learn color theory and the effects of color on design and composition, and see how artists apply color theory to depict their inspirations from nature, history, culture, and personal experience.

August 3, 2015 (Start of 2-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse and Picasso

Matisse and Picasso

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

Esteemed art scholar Yve-Alain Bois referred to Matisse and Picasso’s relationship as a “complicated tango.” From their first meeting in 1906, they inspired, provoked, and challenged each other to push boundaries. Explore their fascinating relationship and the dialogue they had through their art.

August 11, 2015 (Start of 2-class workshop)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Introduction to Visual Literacy

(Section I)

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.

Mondays August 31, 2015-May 9, 2016 (28 classes)
6 - 8pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Henri Matisse, Still Life With Gourds

Matisse: In Color and Light

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Color was an organizing principle in Matisse’s art. “All I thought about was making my colors sing,” he said. Study the range of the artist’s works in the Barnes collection—the radiant Bonheur de vivre, the monumental Dance mural, and his enchanting final paintings on canvas. Through discussions of the formal elements of art, explore how Matisse worked and learn about his unprecedented artistic journey.

September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
1–4 pm or 6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Reserve Section 1 (1-4pm) or Section 2 (6-9pm) online or call 215.278.7200.

Ensembles

Ensembles - Third Year

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.

September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
11 am–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900; members $810

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Traditions

Instructor: Linda Robinson, M.Ed, or Molly Walker, MA

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.

September 1, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
1–3 pm or 6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Reserve online for the 1-3 pm class or the 6-8 pm class or call 215.278.7200.

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Introduction to Visual Literacy

(Section II)

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.

Wednesdays, September 2–May 4 (28 classes)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Introduction to Visual Literacy

(Section II)

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.

September 2, 2015 (Start of year-long course)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.