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Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

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

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

Thursdays, October 10 – October 31, 2 – 4pm

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 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: The Artist’s Tour

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.