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Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 6 – Monday, May 7
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
Art in Context

Women Artists through the Lens of History

Tuesdays, September 12 – December 19, 11am – 1pm
Why are women artists underrepresented in museum collections? Learn how the socioeconomic conditions of the times suppressed the creativity of talented women.
The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, September 12 – December 19, 12 – 3pm
Focusing on developments in Western European art, this class looks at the evolution of modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Barnes Method

Collections Concentration: American Art in the Barnes Foundation

Tuesdays, September 12 – December 19, 6 – 9pm
Study the many manifestations of American arts at the Barnes and come to a broader understanding of what is “American” about American art.
Art in Context

Matisse: In Color and Light

Tuesdays, September 12 – December 19, 6 – 9pm
This class studies Matisse’s extraordinary life, which followed a trajectory from darkness into light and color.
The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Mondays, September 25 – December 18, 6 – 8pm
Learn to better understand Dr. Barnes’s unusual wall groupings, known as “ensembles.”
Horticulture

Contemporary Botanical Illustration

Thursdays, October 5 – November 30, 1 – 4pm
Using pencil and watercolor, develop the skills to create highly detailed botanical compositions.
The Barnes Method

The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, October 31 – December 5, 2 – 4pm
What was it about Cézanne’s painting that inspired generations of artists?
Art in Context

Impressionism at the Barnes

Mondays, November 20 – December 11, 6 – 8pm
This course will survey the movement’s stylistic innovations and major proponents through the unparalleled lens of Dr. Barnes's collection.
Art in Context

Kiefer in Context

Mondays, November 20 – December 11, 6 – 8pm
Animated by pieces in the Kiefer Rodin exhibition, this seminar will equip participants to engage Kiefer’s work in all its complexity.
Art in Context

The Art of Sculpture

Tuesdays, November 21 – December 12, 2 – 4pm
Through the Kiefer Rodin exhibition, which presents one artistic titan’s homage to an earlier one, we explore an art form that appears throughout the Barnes collection.
Horticulture

Introduction to Plant Taxonomy

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14, 10am – 12pm
This short course is ideal for hobby gardeners as well as for students interested in the relationships between plants and their names.
Horticulture

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 2, 9am – 4pm
This class offers simple techniques to transform a selection of fresh-cut evergreens, pods, cones, and berries into a festive wreath.
Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Monday, January 22 – Tuesday, May 1
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
Art in Context

A Brief History of French Cinema

Mondays, January 22 – February 12, 6 – 8pm
Learn about the history of French cinema from the silent era to the present—just in time for our upcoming Jean Renoir exhibition!
The Barnes Method

The Roots of Modernism: Impressionism and Beyond

Tuesdays, January 23 – May 1, 1 – 3pm
Through careful analysis of works in the Barnes collection, learn about the development of modern painting beginning in the late 19th century.
The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered

Tuesdays, January 23 – May 1, 1 – 4pm
Learn how Renoir’s work relates to the traditions of art and the development of impressionism, and explore the importance of his friendship with Paul Cézanne.
Art in Context

An Introduction to Contemporary Art

Tuesdays, January 23 – February 27, 1 – 3pm
What makes art “contemporary”? How do we determine what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.
Art in Context

Matisse: In Color and Light

Tuesdays, January 23 – May 1, 1 – 4pm
Explore the Barnes collection’s 59 works by Matisse, including the radiant Le Bonheur de Vivre and the monumental Dance mural.
Art in Context

Les Artistes et leurs musées sur la Côte d’Azur*

Tuesdays, January 23 – February 13, 2 – 4pm
Ce cours examine la vie et le travail des grands artistes du XXe siècle—Chagall, Cocteau, Léger, Matisse, Picasso, et Renoir—dont les noms sont associés à l’art du Riviera. * Taught in French.
The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, January 23 – May 1, 6 – 9pm
One of the oldest forms of expression, art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences.
Art in Context

Modigliani, Pascin, Soutine: Life in Montparnasse

Tuesdays, January 23 – May 1, 6 – 8pm
Living in Paris in the 1920s, the artists shared a fascination with café life and earned a reputation as peintres maudits (cursed painters). Explore their emotional responses to their surroundings.
Art in Context

Chinese Buddhist Art: A Journey Across Time and Space

Tuesdays, January 23 – February 13, 6 – 8pm
Buddhism’s spread from India to China led to the emergence of a distinctive Chinese Buddhist art. Discuss some of the major works, including paintings, sculptures, cave temples, and monasteries.
Art in Context

African-American Culture and Music: Part I

Wednesdays, February 21 – March 14, 6 – 8pm
DJ Rich Medina explores Dr. Barnes’s relationship with the African-American community, focusing on Barnes’s love of spirituals and involvement with the Harlem Renaissance.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Renoir: A Painter’s Painter

Mondays, February 26 – March 19, 6 – 8pm
Artist, printmaker, and author Bill Scott offers his personal reflection on why Renoir resonates so deeply with fellow painters.
The Barnes Method

Learning to See

Tuesdays, March 6 – April 17, 2 – 4pm
In a contemporary art world filled with conceptual art and installations, why do paintings continue to hold our interest?
Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Decisions Artists Make

Tuesdays, April 3 – April 24, 3:30 – 5:30pm
Learn why artists create, what decisions they make as they engage in the artistic process, and how these decisions affect the viewer’s experience.
Art in Context

Impressionism and Japonisme

Wednesdays, April 4 – April 25, 6 – 8pm
Investigate how Monet, Whistler, Van Gogh, Degas, and other painters incorporated Japanese themes and imagery into their respective work.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Barnes Collection: Painting Practice and Materials of the Artist

Mondays, April 9 – April 30, 6 – 8pm
Look closely at paintings in the collection and learn about media and techniques like fresco, egg tempera, oil, and modern synthetic paints.
Art in Context

Drawing as "Feminine" Practice?

Mondays, April 9 – April 30, 6 – 8pm
A look at drawings in the Barnes collection—works often dismissed in their day as "feminine"—and those by contemporary artists, including Kara Walker, who use the medium to make powerful political statements.
Art in Context

Modern Municipal Progress: A History of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Monday, April 9 – Monday, April 30
Explore the history of Philadelphia before, during, and after construction of the parkway, and find out why the optimistic vision of its planners was not fully realized.
Art in Context

Art, Craft, Design: What’s the Difference?

Mondays, April 16 – May 7, 6 – 8pm
Spanning the 18th to 20th centuries, this course considers the changing relationships—and often exciting overlaps—between art and craft.
Art in Context

Cézanne and His Land

Tuesdays, May 1 – May 22, 6 – 8pm
Cézanne felt a passionate, visceral bond to his native Provence, feelings that manifested themselves above all in his landscape paintings.
Art in Context

African-American Culture and Music: Part II

Wednesdays, May 2 – May 23, 6 – 8pm
Join DJ Rich Medina for part two of this special course exploring Dr. Barnes’s relationship with the African-American community during the period of the Harlem Renaissance.
The Barnes Method

The Painted Garden

Tuesday, June 19, 10am – 4pm
This one-day workshop will focus on paintings in the Barnes collection with gardens or landscapes as their subject.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, June 26, 10am – 4pm
Focusing on masterworks from the Barnes collection, this one-day workshop is an in-depth look at the history and use of color in painting.
The Barnes Method

A Sense of Sight

Tuesday, July 10, 10am – 4pm
This one-day workshop, focusing on several iconic paintings, will explore the ways that paintings engage our sense of sight and how artists communicate using their own visual language.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Through the Artist’s Eyes

Tuesday, July 17, 10am – 4pm
This one-day workshop focuses on the artistic process, from the initial concept to the choice of materials to the final product.
The Barnes Method

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesday, August 14 – Wednesday, August 15
What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists from Monet to Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?
The Barnes Method

The Practice of Meditation and Close Looking

Tuesday, August 21, 10am – 4pm
A daylong immersion in close looking and meditation. Enjoy the quiet experience of looking at a work of art.