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The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Ongoing

This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.

Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Drawing with Scissors

Tuesday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 7, 10am – 4pm

Explore the unique cut-paper method developed by Henri Matisse and discover your inner artist with a hands-on lesson.

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Bill Viola in Context

Saturday, August 17, 10am – 4pm

A look at the artist’s innovative contributions to video, sound, and installation art as well as the provocative themes that inspire his creations.

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Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 1 – 3pm

Get a better understanding of why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.

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Collection Concentration: Dawn of Modernism

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 1 – 4pm

This class explores the meaning of “modernism” and examines the relationship between painting, literature, and other media from the modern era.

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Seurat’s Models: The Artist’s Studio as Metaphor

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 1 – 3pm

Look closely at Seurat’s innovative technique, his engagement with optical theory, and his dialogue with the history of art.

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The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 3 – December 17, 6 – 9pm

Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying directly in the Barnes galleries.

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Demystifying Old Master Materials and Techniques

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 6 – 8pm

Through careful looking and in-class exercises, learn how the old masters layered materials to create luminous color and illusionistic precision.

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Looking at African American Art

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 6 – 8pm

Explore the rich history of African American art from the early 20th century to the present. This class provides a wider context for our upcoming 30 Americans exhibition.

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Medievalisms in Modern Art

Mondays, September 9 – October 7, 6 – 8pm

Some of the most prominent artists collected by Dr. Barnes adapted medieval forms to interpret and shape modernity. How has their work affected our understanding of the past?

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Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, September 10 – October 29, 2 – 4pm

Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.

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Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, September 10 – October 29, 6 – 8pm

What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists like Monet and Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?

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Jean-Luc Godard: Four Chapters of Genius

Mondays, September 16 – October 14, 6 – 8pm

This course surveys the career of one of the great geniuses of cinema, from his groundbreaking French New Wave films to his contemporary work in digital media.

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The Mysteries of Iron

Saturdays, September 21 – October 12, 10am – 12pm

Learn how the extraordinary metalwork in the Barnes collection was created and used, and see how it is preserved today.

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Blurred Lines: Intersections of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture

Saturday, September 21, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop looks at modern artists and architects who have pushed the limits of traditional painting, sculpture, and architecture.

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The Decisions Artists Make

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 5, 1 – 3pm

Explore how the creative choices made by artists communicate their vision and affect the viewer’s experience.

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Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 19, 6:30 – 8:30pm

What makes art “contemporary”? How do we decide what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.

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Inside the Mind of Matisse

Saturday, October 19, 10am – 4pm

Using examples from the collection, we will explore the art and objects that mattered to Matisse at the different phases of his career in this one-day workshop.

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Van Gogh

Mondays, October 21 – November 11, 6 – 8pm

Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, one of the greatest—and most mythologized—painters of the modern era.

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Rhythm in Chinese Art

Tuesdays, October 22 – November 12, 10am – 12pm

This course explores how Chinese artists have expressed rhythm in sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and ceramics.

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A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin

Tuesdays, October 29 – November 19, 1 – 3pm

These four painters were central to the avant-garde scene in early 20th-century Paris. How did their faith influence their outlook and their artwork?

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30 Americans: Black Art Across Time, Space, and Practice

Tuesdays, October 29 – November 19, 6 – 8pm

Inspired by our fall exhibition, this class explores the dynamic intersection of race, identity, and sexual politics in the work of several influential black artists featured in the show.

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African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings

Saturday, November 9, 10am – 4pm

Learn the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Dr. Barnes while considering the impact of colonialism and imperialism.

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Exploring Pictorial Space: From Giotto to Cézanne

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 1 – 3pm

Find out how Giotto and Cézanne opened up new ways of thinking about three-dimensional space in art.

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Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 2 – 4pm

What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists like Monet and Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?

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Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17, 6 – 8pm

Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.

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The Ancient World: Treasures from Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Mondays, November 18 – December 9, 6 – 8pm

This class takes an in-depth look at the major artistic and architectural moments of the ancient world.