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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.

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.
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
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.

Unusual Annuals and Tender Perennials

Thursday, May 17, 6 – 8pm
See how these exceptional plants can be integrated into mixed borders, rock gardens, shade gardens, and containers.

Artfully Planted Containers

Saturday, May 19, 10am – 1pm
See examples of creative container gardening—a great way to brighten any home—and make your own arrangement.
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.