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Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 6 – Monday, May 7
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
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
Dive into 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, explore 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
With 181 works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the collection, the Barnes is the ideal place to learn about this important but often misunderstood artist.
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
Matisse presented the world with dazzling brilliance, and fauvism was only the beginning of his explorations.
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 1920s Paris, 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.

So You Want to Keep Honeybees . . .

Saturday, February 3, 1 – 4pm
Interested in hobby beekeeping? Learn about equipment requirements, hive location, honey production, and honeybee management from an expert beekeeper.

Your Small-Space Garden

Saturdays, February 10 – February 17, 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.

Grow Your Berry Best—Small Fruits for the Backyard

Saturday, February 10, 1 – 4pm
Learn from an agriculture expert what it takes to succeed in growing tasty and nutritious strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

Botanical Illustration

Thursdays, February 15 – April 19, 1 – 4pm
Using pencil and watercolor, develop the skills to create highly detailed, expressive, and accurate botanical compositions.
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?

Stressed Out! Using Botanicals as Phytotherapy

Thursday, March 15, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Learn how to make herbal home remedies for stress relief and relaxation, including teas, poultices, and aromatherapy, with calming herbs like chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm.

Eating Healthy: Maintaining a Plant-Based Diet

Thursday, March 15, 4:30 – 6:30pm
Have you ever wondered if what you eat is negatively impacting your health? Explore plant-based alternatives to help you on a journey toward wellness.
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
Examine 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—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

Mondays, April 9 – April 30, 6 – 8pm
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
Artists and garden designers share a strong sense of “place” and a heightened perception of the sensual qualities inherent in nature.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, June 26, 10am – 4pm
An in-depth look at the color techniques of painters working in oil across a range of artistic movements—from old master painting to impressionism to fauvism.
The Barnes Method

A Sense of Sight

Tuesday, July 10, 10am – 4pm
Focusing on several iconic paintings, this one-day workshop explores 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
Join us for a full day of discussion focusing 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 artwork, with Dr. Barnes’s concepts of formalism (color, light, line, and space) in mind.