Programs: Calendar

The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook

The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook

Instructor: Jeff Charlesworth

Learn various graphic techniques that go beyond traditional record-keeping to record and enrich your observations about the natural world and your garden. Using graphic illustration (pencil, watercolor, and other media) and principles of landscape architecture, create a beautiful and valuable reference to inspire you, help you see more creatively, and make you a better gardener.


Fridays, September 11, 18, 25 (3 classes)
10 am–12:30 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $105; members $94*

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Rittenhouse Square

The Art of Architecture – Rittenhouse Square

Instructor: Ross Mitchell
How many times have you passed a remarkable example of architecture and not noticed? Slow down and join us for a walking tour of the unique buildings surrounding Rittenhouse Square in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. These buildings will be examined in terms of the aesthetics of each design and the building’s relationship to other nearby buildings. Philadelphia’s built environment offers a wide range of shapes and textures open to creative understanding. Explore the art in the architecture of these buildings and their ever evolving cultural legacy.


September 12, 2015
10 am - 12 pm This tour will meet at the Guard House in the center of Rittenhouse Square at 9:45 am. $20; members $18

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Ellen Philips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden

The Art of Sculpture - Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden

Instructor: David Nolan
This discussion explores the unique sculpture environment of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden along the banks of the Schuylkill River below Boat House Row. Developed over nearly thirty years, this sculptural landscape offers the viewer a wide range of works by both national and international artists presenting a variety of subjects and forms for consideration. This tour involves a minimum of walking. Parking is available below the Girard Avenue Bridge on Kelly Drive.


September 19, 2015
10 am - 12 pm This tour will meet at 9:45 AM at the Lipchitz Sculpture in the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden located on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River, south of the Girard Avenue Bridge. $20; members $18

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Design with Confidence! A step-by-step approach

Instructor: Jules Bruck, APLD

Designing a garden should be fun, but it can easily become overwhelming. By learning to measure your garden space, put it on paper, make design decisions, and communicate your ideas using quick landscape graphics, you’ll save money, time, and back pain. Students practice landscape design and plant combination skills to get a boost of gardening confidence.

September 25, 2015 (Start of 3-class workshop)
1–3:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $105; members $94

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Prometheus Bound

The Wrath of the Gods: The Art of Prometheus Bound

Instructor:  Christine Stoughton, Ph.D.
This course will focus on Peter Paul Rubens and his masterpiece Prometheus Bound in conjunction with the exhibit The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens being shown at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rubens and his work will be examined within the context of the traditions that influenced him and, in turn, his influence on artists that followed him.The first two sessions will be held at the Barnes preparing for the final session on October 14, 2015 where we will be viewing the exhibit at PMA.

9/30/15 – 10/14/15 (3 sessions; 2 at Barnes and one at PMA)
1-3 pm Barnes Foundation/Philadelphia Museum of Art $150; members $135

Register online or call 215.278.7200.