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

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Tuesday, September 4 – Tuesday, December 18
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
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Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 5 – Monday, May 13
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 1 – 4pm
Study the ways in which artists draw upon earlier artistic traditions, focusing especially on the development of modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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Understanding Modern Art

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 1 – 3pm
Unravel the mystery behind paintings that distort their subjects or banish them altogether.
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Painting with Pissarro:
The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, January 22 – February 26, 2 – 4pm
Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.
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Collection Concentration:
Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 6 – 9pm
Trace the development of Cézanne’s style and explore his enormous impact on the art that followed.
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Matisse:
In Color and Light

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 6 – 8:30pm
Study Matisse’s extraordinary life, which itself followed a trajectory from darkness into light and color.
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Weeds: The Wacky World of Unwanted Plants

Saturday, January 26, 1 – 4pm
Look at some of the region’s worst weeds and learn effective ways to manage them.
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Jewish Art and Artists in the Barnes Foundation

Mondays, January 28 – May 6, 6 – 8pm
Learn about the Jewish artists represented in the collection as well as Barnes faculty members Violette de Mazia and Harry Sefarbi.
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So You Want to Keep Honeybees . . .

Saturday, February 2, 1 – 4pm
Interested in hobby beekeeping? Learn about equipment requirements, hive location, honey production, and honeybee management from an expert beekeeper.
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Visions of Paris

Mondays, February 4 – March 4, 6 – 8pm
What lies beyond the “City of Light” postcard? This short course will use a variety of media to question Paris’s ever-evolving identity.
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Botanical Illustration

Thursdays, February 7 – April 11, 1 – 4pm
Develop the skills to create highly detailed, expressive, and accurate botanical compositions using pencil and watercolor.
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Your Small-Space Garden

Saturdays, February 9 – February 16, 10am – 12:30pm
Even the tiniest patches of soil can produce vegetables, a beautiful display, or both. Find out how container gardening, vertical gardening, and specific plants can be deployed in small spaces.
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Grow Your Berry Best—Small Fruits for the Backyard

Saturday, February 9, 1 – 4pm
Learn from an agriculture expert what it takes to succeed in growing tasty and nutritious strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
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Histories of Photography

Tuesdays, February 19 – March 12, 4 – 6pm
Delve into the history and theory of photography through lectures and visits to our special exhibition.
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Learning to See

Tuesdays, March 5 – April 9, 1 – 3pm
In a contemporary art world filled with conceptual art and installations, why do paintings continue to hold our interest?
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Spirituals, Integration, and Social Justice: Black American Culture and Albert Barnes

Wednesdays, March 6 – March 27, 6 – 8pm
Explore the complex history of the civil rights movement and Dr. Barnes’s role in championing black culture and integration.​
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She Persisted:
Pioneering Women Artists Since 1900

Saturday, March 9, 10am – 4pm
This one-day workshop highlights the work of trailblazing women artists, from Georgia O’Keeffe to Marina Abramović and Pat Steir.​​​
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Painting with Pissarro:
The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, March 12 – April 16, 2 – 4pm
Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.
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Exploring the Marvelous: Surrealism

Tuesdays, March 19 – April 23, 1 – 3pm
Journey into the marvelous world of dreams, psychic terror, and liberation from the ordinary in this short course on surrealism.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Fauve Palette

Tuesdays, March 19 – April 9, 6 – 8pm
Learn how Fauve painters like Henri Matisse and Alfred Maurer drew upon theories about color and perception in their canvases.
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“Dear Barnes”:
Letters Between Albert C. Barnes and His Artist Friends

Tuesdays, March 19 – April 9, 6 – 8pm
Archivist and historian Barbara Anne Beaucar shares the history of the Barnes through authentic archival documents—including newly discovered letters.
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Hot Art and Cold War:
American Art at Midcentury

Mondays, April 1 – April 29, 6 – 8pm
From abstract expressionism to pop, learn about the art and history of the United States at midcentury, when American artists moved to the forefront of the avant-garde.
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Early Photographic Processes

Mondays, April 8 – April 29, 6 – 8pm
This course looks at how the earliest photographs were created, with hands-on opportunities to experience those original processes.
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Pennsylvania German Decorative Arts

Mondays, April 8 – April 29, 6 – 8pm
Explore the Pennsylvania German artifacts collected by Dr. Barnes and learn about the culture in which they were originally made and used.​
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The Painted Garden

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 1 – 3pm
Explore the visual vocabulary shared by painters and garden designers.
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Manet, Impressionism, and Modernism

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 6 – 8pm
An introduction to the work of Édouard Manet, with special attention to his paintings of the 1870s.
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Understanding Video Art

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 6 – 8pm
Explore key works of video art and learn about the theories behind them.
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The Battle Between Line and Color

Tuesdays, April 23 – May 14, 1 – 3pm
Trace the long-running debate on the relationship between line and color through close looking at paintings in the Barnes collection.
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Homegrown Concerns:
American Modernism c. 1900–1950

Tuesday, June 4, 10am – 4pm
This one-day workshop explores key artists from one of the most prolific moments in American history, including Alfred Stieglitz, Jacob Lawrence, and Edward Hopper.
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Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesday, June 18, 10am – 4pm
Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way in this one-day workshop.
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The Living Still Life

Tuesday, July 9, 10am – 4pm
In this one-day workshop, learn how the once-humble still life became an important genre in contemporary art.
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Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, July 16, 10am – 4pm
Explore the history and use of color in paintings from the Barnes collection.
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Drawing with Scissors

Tuesday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 7
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.