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We're now offering a greater number of art classes, at a lower cost. We also have need-based scholarships to help make art accessible for everyone. 


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Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 6 – Monday, May 7
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
Talks & Tours

Spotlight Tour: Picasso

Saturday, January 6 – Wednesday, January 31
Our new daily tours focus on a different artist or theme each month, allowing for a deeper dive into specific areas of the collection.
Free / Social

Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes

Wednesday, January 17 – Sunday, March 31
The Barnes is collaborating with Mural Arts Philadelphia on a variety of projects this year.
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.
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: The Americans

Wednesday, January 24, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Take a closer look at some of the many works of American artists in the Barnes collection.
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: Cézanne

Thursday, January 25, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Considered by many to be the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne captured Dr. Barnes’s attention early in his career as a collector.
Nightlife / Social

Cider Dinner

Friday, January 26, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Join us in the Garden Restaurant for a multi-course experience featuring paired local ciders crafted from fresh pressed apples.
Nightlife / Film

Film: Rodin and the Gates of Hell

Monday, January 29, 8 – 9pm
This visually stunning documentary tells the story of Rodin’s life through The Gates of Hell, the artist’s monumental sculptural project.
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: Renoir and Matisse

Wednesday, January 31, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Learn about the close friendship between the two artists and the lasting impact Renoir had on Matisse as a painter and colorist.
Talks & Tours

Spotlight Tour: Matisse

Thursday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 28
Each month, our Spotlight Tours focus on a particular artist or theme in the collection. Join us for our February tour, all about Matisse!
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: The Americans

Thursday, February 1, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Take a closer look at some of the many works of American artists in the Barnes collection.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! “Louis, Louis, Louis” with Jumaane Smith

Friday, February 2, 6 – 9pm
Musician Jumaane Smith celebrates the origins of jump blues and jazz with new renditions of timeless classics by Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, and Louis Jordan.
Horticulture

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.
Members

Cézanne's People: The Artist, His Wife, Some Card Players, and the Bathers

Saturday, February 3, 2 – 3pm
This talk focuses on the subjects to which Cézanne repeatedly turned, including bathers and card players,
Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

Free First Sunday: Shine the Light

Sunday, February 4, 10am – 5pm
Today, we're shining a light on the power of unity, with songs of freedom, reflections on the past, and a drive to make a positive impact right here in Philly.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Picasso’s Acrobat and Young Harlequin

Monday, February 5, 2 – 2:30pm
Examine this 1905 painting in detail with Roksana Filipowska, a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 19
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: Cézanne

Wednesday, February 7, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Considered by many to be the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne captured Dr. Barnes’s attention early in his career as a collector.
Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, February 8, 10:30 – 11:15am
Our new Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: Renoir and Matisse

Thursday, February 8, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Learn about the close friendship between the two artists and the lasting impact Renoir had on Matisse as a painter and colorist.
Horticulture

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.
Horticulture

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.
Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, February 15, 10 – 11:45am
Join us for a combination of storytime, art making, and movement activities just for kids ages 2–4 and their parents or caregivers.
Horticulture

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.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Seurat’s Models

Monday, February 19, 2 – 2:30pm
Find out more about George Seurat’s Models in this talk led by Miriam Stanton, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 1
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: The Americans

Wednesday, February 21, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Take a closer look at some of the many works of American artists in the Barnes collection.
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.
Talks & Tours

Noontime Lecture: Anselm Kiefer: The Shadow of Women

Thursday, February 22, 12 – 1pm
Art historian Dorothea Dietrich leads a discussion on Kiefer’s representation of women throughout his career.
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: Cézanne

Thursday, February 22, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Considered by many to be the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne captured Dr. Barnes’s attention early in his career as a collector.
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Artist Bash: Heartache

Friday, February 23, 8 – 11pm
Art inspires, but a broken heart creates! Join us for the third Artist Bash as we welcome performers who transform heartache and pain into beauty.
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.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! Twin Powers

Friday, March 2, 6 – 9pm
Twin sisters and singer-songwriters Leila and Omnia Hegazy bring a unique blend of driving guitars, smoky keyboards, and infectious pop melodies.
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday, Family Day: From Concept to Creation

Sunday, March 4, 10am – 5pm
Today we're hosting a STEAM fair, featuring projects created by local K-12 students using math and art. Create your own artworks, see a Hula-Hoop dance performance, and more!
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Glackens's Decoration

Monday, March 5, 2 – 2:30pm
Learn more about this 1914 work by William Glackens in this talk led by Roksana Filipowska, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 23
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?
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: The Americans

Thursday, March 8, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Take a closer look at some of the many works of American artists in the Barnes collection.
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: Cézanne

Wednesday, March 14, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Considered by many to be the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne captured Dr. Barnes’s attention early in his career as a collector.
Horticulture

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.
Horticulture

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.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Picasso's The Ascetic

Monday, March 19, 2 – 2:30pm
Explore The Ascetic in depth with Miriam Stanton, a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 18
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: Renoir and Matisse

Wednesday, March 21, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Learn about the close friendship between the two artists and the lasting impact Renoir had on Matisse as a painter and colorist.
Members

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: The Americans

Wednesday, March 28, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Take a closer look at some of the many works of American artists in the Barnes collection.
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.
Music / Performance

Barnes Ensemble Festival

Monday, June 11 – Saturday, June 16
Young musicians from around the world will gather in Philadelphia to play at the next Barnes Ensemble festival.
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.
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The Barnes Arboretum

Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 27