Programs: Calendar

Barnes Foundation

Ensembles

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

Albert Barnes arranged his art into “ensembles” that invite close looking by creating formal connections across traditional categories. Using techniques honed in Visual Literacy and Traditions, deepen your understanding of the design, aesthetic, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations.

Tuesdays, September 2–December 2 (14 classes)
11 am–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900, members $810

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Traditions, section I

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MEd or Molly Walker, MA 

Building on skills developed in Visual Literacy and the method of looking pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, make connections between artistic styles and techniques as you explore works of art from before the Renaissance to the 21st century and discuss the persistence and evolution of Western artistic forms over the last millennium.

Tuesdays, September 2–May 5 (28 classes)
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Traditions, section II

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MEd or Molly Walker, MA 

Building on skills developed in Visual Literacy and the method of looking pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, make connections between artistic styles and techniques as you explore works of art from before the Renaissance to the 21st century and discuss the persistence and evolution of Western artistic forms over the last millennium.

Tuesdays, September 2–May 5 (28 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Art Now

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

Examine the practice of artists working today and their response to cultural, social, political, and ideological issues. Meet artists, scholars, art dealers, and other visual arts professionals, and visit exhibitions, cultural institutions, and artists’ studios. Course highlights have included visits to the West Collection in Oaks, PA, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Wednesdays, September 3–December 17 (14 classes)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $900, members $810

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Introduction to Visual Literacy, section II

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

Part of the original Barnes curriculum. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning. 

Thursdays, September 4–May 7 (28 classes)
Noon–2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Museums, Modern Art, and the Shock of the New

Instructor: Ian Bourland, PhD

When Dr. Barnes showcased his collection at PAFA in 1923, the Philadelphia art establishment reviewed it as radical and even vulgar. Consider how America has been introduced to avant-garde practice and work by artists from abroad, and how exhibitions have exposed audiences to "the shock of the new.”

Mondays, September 8–29 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA

Renoir was unique in his broad subject matter—landscapes, interiors, still lifes, and portraits—and made deeply personal pieces as well as commissions. His 181 works in the Barnes have been recently catalogued and documented by Martha Lucy and John House in Renoir in the Barnes Foundation. Using this publication, examine Renoir’s blend of modern and classical.

Mondays, September 8–29 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Introduction to Visual Literacy, section I

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

Part of the original Barnes curriculum. Using ideas pioneered by Albert Barnes and John Dewey, learn to read the visual languages of art. By identifying and observing elements, content, and styles in paintings and other media, students discover how artists create form and meaning. 

Mondays, September 8–May 11 (28 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $1,500; members $1,350

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Alternative American Modernisms

Instructor: Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, PhD

The Barnes served many homegrown artists during the first half of the 20th century. Focusing on the work of black artists and queer white artists, examine the impact of Dr. Barnes and the Foundation on the development of "alternative" modernisms at the start of the 20th century.

Tuesdays, September 9–30 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Architecture in the Age of Renoir, Cézanne, and Picasso

Instructor: Grace Ong Yan, PhD

From the 1860s to the 1930s, Paris was a nexus for innovation in architecture and in painting, both steeped in tradition and progressively modern. Explore comparisons between select masterpieces in the Barnes collection and great architectural achievements like the Palais Garnier, the Eiffel Tower, and buildings by Le Corbusier.

Tuesdays, September 9–30 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Drawing Skills and Painting Outcomes

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA

At the Barnes and PAFA, examine paintings where the artist’s drawing skills influence brushstrokes and the depiction of subject matter. Emphases are integration of drawing as part of personal touch and its role in the spatial conception and graphic construction of a painting. Learn how drawing contributes to a painting’s outcome and to an artist’s plans for future work.

Tuesdays, September 30–November 4 (6 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm

To register, visit pafa.edu/CE or call 215.972.7632.

Monet studio boat

Monet and Cézanne

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA

Monet and Cézanne led painting away from representation and narrative toward a celebration of human vision. Their work established a new respect for the capacity of the human eye. A hallmark of Monet’s paintings is his depiction of color and light. Through three outstanding examples at the Barnes—Madame Monet EmbroideringThe Studio Boat, and Monsieur Coqueret (Father)—Monet displays his signature techniques. For Cézanne, the quarry at Bibémus, the valley of the Arc river, and the countryside near Gardanne are places of the heart. In Cézanne’s paintings of Aix-en-Provence in the 1880s, he applied the ideas he had honed to the landscape of his youth.

Mondays, October 13–November 3 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Glackens

William Glackens: Painter of Modern Life

Instructor: Heather Campbell Coyle, PhD

In 1908, the groundbreaking exhibition of The Eight heralded the arrival of modern American art, and William Glackens was at the center of the excitement. Get ready for the exhibition William Glackens by exploring Glackens’s formative years in Philadelphia, his work as an illustrator, his sense of humor, and the passion for modern painting that he shared with Albert Barnes.

Tuesdays, October 14–November 4 (4 classes)
6–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Including “the Creatives”

Instructor: Valerie V. Gay, executive director of Art Sanctuary

Gay discusses the “creative class” of workers, and why institutions of all kinds benefit from incorporating them in the organizational structure, from entry-level positions to executive leadership. Gay covers why and how creatives produce a positive impact. Part of the Lincoln University–Barnes Foundation lecture series.

October 16, 2014
6:30–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free, reservations required.

Collection admission not included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Glackens

Seurat and Van Gogh

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA

When Van Gogh arrived in Paris in 1886, he immediately visited the eighth and last impressionist exhibition, where he saw the work of George Seurat. Enthralled by Seurat’s theories of color and his understanding of the interaction of hues, Van Gogh may have begun to emulate Seurat’s methods. This seminar examines the Barnes’s Seurats and select works by Van Gogh to compare their conception of color. This workshop also considers works like The Postman, in which Van Gogh advanced innovations that have influenced several generations of twentieth- and twenty- first-century artists.

Mondays, November 17–December 8 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Glackens

The Urban Experience

Instructor: Susanna W. Gold, PhD

The city as a significant subject in American and European art emerged in the 19th century and developed into the 20th century. Looking at art produced in America and Europe from the 1870s to the 1930s, consider how the urban experience was influential for artists and viewers in terms of style, environment, and social experience. 

Mondays, November 17–December 8 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.