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The Bauhaus: Unity of the Arts
Online

The Bauhaus: Unity of the Arts

Mondays, March 4 – March 25, 12 – 2pm

Delve into the Bauhaus school and movement and explore how we are still unpacking its remarkable legacy. Instructor: Matthew Palczynski

Flower Power: Symbolism and Science in the Barnes Collection
On-Site

Flower Power: Symbolism and Science in the Barnes Collection

Tuesdays, March 5 – March 26, 1 – 3pm

In celebration of spring, take a closer look at floral works in the collection, considering the aesthetics and symbolism of nature in art. Instructor: Amy Gillette

Art and Splendor in Ancient Rome
Online

Art and Splendor in Ancient Rome

Tuesdays, March 5 – March 26, 6 – 8pm

Explore the major achievements of the Roman world by looking closely at key examples of architecture, painting, and sculpture. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Art of the Great Migration
Online

Art of the Great Migration

Wednesdays, March 6 – March 27, 1 – 3pm

Examine important works by African American artists who migrated from south to north after the Reconstruction era. Instructor: Michael Williamson

The French Revolution and the Arts
Online

The French Revolution and the Arts

Wednesdays, March 6 – March 27, 5 – 7pm

Study the cultural, social, and visual changes that occurred during and after the French Revolution. Instructor: André Dombrowski

Close-Looking Immersion: Cézanne’s <i>Ginger Jar</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Cézanne’s Ginger Jar

Wednesday, March 13, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions focuses on individual works in the collection. Instructor: William Perthes

Paintings from an Artist’s Perspective
On-Site

Paintings from an Artist’s Perspective

Wednesdays, April 3 – April 24, 1 – 3pm

This class explores visual imagination from an artist’s point of view, revealing how a painter transforms ideas into physical works of art. Instructor: Stuart Shils

Dutch Art in the Time of Rembrandt and Vermeer: A Look at the “Non-Golden Age”
Online

Dutch Art in the Time of Rembrandt and Vermeer: A Look at the “Non-Golden Age”

Fridays, April 5 – April 26, 12 – 2pm

Examine the masters of the Dutch Golden Age while also considering the social and political issues of the time. Instructor: Ashley West

The Classical Tradition in Modern Art
Online

The Classical Tradition in Modern Art

Mondays, April 8 – April 29, 6 – 8pm

Learn how some modern artists looked to classical myths, artifacts, and ideas for inspiration. Instructor: Naina Saligram

Artists As Cultivators
Online

Artists As Cultivators

Tuesdays, April 9 – April 30, 6 – 8pm

This course, taught by the curators of the PAFA exhibition, examines how artists use nature to explore issues of American identity. Instructors: Anna O. Marley, Leah Triplett Harrington

Close-Looking Immersion: Picasso’s <i>Acrobat and Young Harlequin </i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Picasso’s Acrobat and Young Harlequin

Wednesday, April 10, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions focuses on individual works in the collection. Instructor: Michael Williamson

Fashion Photography: The Magazine as Canvas
Online / Exhibition-Related

Fashion Photography: The Magazine as Canvas

Wednesdays, April 24 – May 15, 6:30 – 8pm

Survey the key artists who blurred the lines between fine art and commercial photography, forever changing print media. Instructor: Stephanie Sporn

Works on Paper in the Barnes Collection
On-Site

Works on Paper in the Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, May 1 – May 22, 1 – 3pm

Explore the Barnes collection’s rich array of works on paper, including images in ink, graphite, watercolor, tempera, pastel, and gouache. Instructor: Christine Stoughton

Portraiture at the Barnes: From the 15th Century to Modernism
Online

Portraiture at the Barnes: From the 15th Century to Modernism

Thursdays, May 2 – May 23, 6 – 8pm

Uncover the wide range of expression that portraits at the Barnes offer. Instructor: Laura L. Watts

The Japanese American Century: Noguchi, Nakashima, and Asawa
Online

The Japanese American Century: Noguchi, Nakashima, and Asawa

Fridays, May 3 – May 24, 1 – 3pm

Examine the critical contributions Japanese American artists made to the 20th-century art world. Instructor: Joseph Tokumasu Field

Exploring Pictorial Space
On-Site / Barnes Method

Exploring Pictorial Space

Tuesdays, May 7 – May 28, 1 – 3pm

Take a closer look at the ways artists create the illusion of depth in paintings and other works of two-dimensional art. Instructor: Michael Williamson

Close-Looking Immersion: Matisse’s <i>Red Madras Headdress</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Matisse’s Red Madras Headdress

Wednesday, May 8, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions focuses on individual works in the collection. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Mary Cassatt at Work
Online

Mary Cassatt at Work

Tuesdays, June 4 – June 25, 4 – 6pm

Explore Cassatt's methods, materials, and contributions to modernism with the curators of the PMA exhibition. Instructors: Laurel Garber, Jennifer Thompson.

The Barnes–de Mazia Certificate Program
Certificate Program

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 Certificate Program
Certificate Program / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.