Programs: Calendar

education class

Reading the Collection: Narrative Patterns and Visual Meaning

Instructor: John Gatti, MFA

Read artists' visual languages 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, Picasso, Manet, and Matisse.

Monday and Tuesday, August 11–12 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $450; members $405

Register online or call 215.278.7300.

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.

Barnes Foundation

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.

Barnes Foundation

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.

Barnes Foundation

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.

Barnes Foundation

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.

Barnes Foundation

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.

Barnes Foundation

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.

Barnes Foundation

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.

Barnes Foundation

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.

Barnes Foundation

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.