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.

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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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Cracking the Container

Instructor: Dan Benarcik, horticulturist at Chanticleer
Learn how to make your next planter a massive success with instructor Dan Benarcik, container specialist at Chanticleer. Select the right container and medium and get specific instructions on how to achieve various design outcomes using a variety of plant material. The last class is a practicum, where students select from among Dan’s favorite plants to design and install their own fabulous container to take home.

Thursdays, May 21, 28, and June 4, 11 (4 classes)
10 am–noon Held at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $104; members $93; + materials fee (based on selection)

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Roses: growing and knowing the world’s favorite flower

Instructor: Nicole Juday
Despite its reputation for being tricky, no flower is more beloved or culturally symbolic than the rose. Learn about the history of this plant in order to gain clues on how to grow it successfully. The lecture is followed by a tour of the Barnes Arboretum’s rose garden.

May 31, 2015
2–3 pm Held at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066. $15; members $12

Register 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

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Ferns and their Allies of the Barnes Arboretum

Instructor: Harriet Cramer
The Barnes Arboretum is home to one of the most extensive collections of hardy ferns in the country. Expand your knowledge about both native and notable non-native ferns suitable for this region, and learn how to identify, cultivate, and create effective designs using ferns. Participants should bring a lunch to enjoy in the garden.

June 16, 2015
10 am–2 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $55; members $49

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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.