Programs: Calendar

Barnes Foundation

Plant Pathology

Instructor: Mark Shaw, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist at Bartlett Tree Experts

Learn to identify signs and symptoms of woody plant diseases, including the most common biotic and abiotic diseases in the Delaware Valley. Emphases are the diagnostic process, systematic assessment, and the concepts of abiotic disorder and predisposing stresses. Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum.

Wednesdays, September 3–October 22
1:30–3:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion $180; members $162

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.

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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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ArtKids Workshop: Profile a Pot

Observe the shape of things we use all the time but often take for granted. After exploring the work of Jean Renoir and other artisans in the galleries, form a picture-perfect pot.

A drop-off workshop for budding artists aged 9–12!

September 28, 2014
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20

Register: 215.278.7200. No caregivers or unregistered siblings, please.

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.

Botanical illustration

Contemporary Botanical Illustration: Mastering the Art of Illustrating Plants

Instructor: Marylyn Waltzer

Develop techniques in line drawing and watercolor to create highly detailed and accurate botanical paintings. Understand the properties of the watercolor medium and explore floral structure, form, and elements of composition. All levels welcome.

Thursdays, October 2–November 20 (8 classes)
1–4 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion $360; members, $324

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

A class at the Barnes Arboretum

Peony propagation workshop

Instructor: Kathleen Gagan, owner of Peony’s Envy peony farm

Learn how to divide herbaceous peony roots, graft tree peony scions, and propagate peonies from seed. Participants bring home their own grafted tree peony.

October 8, 2014
6–7:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion $25; members $22

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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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ArtKids Workshop: Super Selfie

Pictured in portraits, faces display a range of emotions and many mysteries. After exploring the galleries, ArtKids fashion a self-portrait inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso and others on view.

Drop-off workshop for ages 9–12; no parents or unregistered siblings, please!

October 26, 2014
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20. Collection admission and art materials included.

Register: 215.278.7200.

A class at the Barnes Arboretum

Designing with Plant Ensembles

Instructor: Dan Benarcik, Chanticleer horticulturist

Often we feel that a garden must be design-driven, based on principles above our heads or beyond our means. This workshop introduces the discipline of designing with plants, including selecting plant combinations and presenting them in an aesthetically successful manner. Different elements of the garden are featured each session. The course also covers how to incorporate must-have plant purchases.

Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20 (3 classes)
9:30 am–noon 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion $105; members $94

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

A class at the Barnes Arboretum

Moss is Boss!

Instructor: Przemek Walczak, Chanticleer horticulturist

Moss, the oldest living plant, is enjoying a surge of popularity among gardeners. This two-part lecture covers mosses and their role in the ecosystem, anatomy and reproductive cycle, growing conditions, garden uses, and design ideas for a variety of mosses.

Fridays, November 7, 14 (2 classes)
9:30 am–noon 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion $55; members $49

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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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.

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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.

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Moss is Boss make-and-take

Instructor: Przemek Walczak, Chanticleer horticulturist

A complement to the Moss is Boss lecture, this workshop includes demonstrations on propagating and cultivating moss, along with a hands-on moss project to take home.

November 21, 2014
10 am–noon Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $35; members $31

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Moss is Boss make-and-take

Instructor: Przemek Walczak, Chanticleer horticulturist

A complement to the Moss is Boss lecture, this workshop includes demonstrations on propagating and cultivating moss, along with a hands-on moss project to take home.

November 21, 2014
1–3 pm Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $35; members $31

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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ArtKids Workshop: Fall Fashions

Strut your stuff! Fall is the time for a new wardrobe that needs to be seen. After exploring the work on view in the William Glackens exhibition, ArtKids design some decked-out fashions inspired by earth colors and shapes.

Drop-off workshop for ages 9–12; no parents or unregistered siblings, please!

November 23, 2014
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20. Collection admission and art materials included.

Register: 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Holiday wreath workshop

Instructors: Nicole Juday, horticulturist, and Rachel Burlington, Barnes gardener

Using fresh-cut greens from the Barnes Arboretum and unusual natural decorative elements, learn simple techniques to create a custom wreath more beautiful and long-lasting than anything commercially available.

December 5, 2014
10 am–noon Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $88; members $79

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Holiday wreath workshop

Instructors: Nicole Juday, horticulturist, and Rachel Burlington, Barnes gardener

Using fresh-cut greens from the Barnes Arboretum and unusual natural decorative elements, learn simple techniques to create a custom wreath more beautiful and long-lasting than anything commercially available.

December 6, 2014
10 am–noon Takes place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $88; members $79

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.