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Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes, a leader in art education for nearly 100 years. We offer a full array of online and on-site classes, with new courses curated monthly. Barnes members receive a 10% discount. Online classes make great gifts.

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These courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?

Another Jasper Johns
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Another Jasper Johns

Mondays, November 1 – November 22, 6 – 8pm

Learn about the life and work of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. Just in time for the major Johns retrospective at the PMA this fall.

Online Class: Posers: A History of the Artist’s Model in European Painting
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Posers: A History of the Artist’s Model in European Painting

Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 6 – 8pm

This course explores the behind-the-scenes realities of the artist’s model across time, focusing especially on the class and gender dynamics of the 19th-century studio.

Online Class: <i>Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation</i>: Learn from the Authors
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation: Learn from the Authors

Thursdays, November 11 – December 9, 1 – 3pm

A special course team-taught by the authors of our much-anticipated new catalogue about the Cézannes in the Barnes collection. The book—and the class—are the culmination of years of research.

Online Class: Artistic Exchange along the Silk Road
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Artistic Exchange along the Silk Road

Thursdays, November 11 – December 9, 4 – 6pm

Along with goods, ancient trade routes led to an exchange of art and ideas. This course explores the visual cultures of empires that rose and fell along this storied network.

Matisse and Picasso
Online / Art in Context / On-Site

Matisse and Picasso

Wednesdays, December 1 – 22, 2 – 4pm

Explore the friendly rivalry between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso—a relationship that helped shape the course of modern art.

Online Class: Monet and Modernism
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Monet and Modernism

Tuesdays, December 7 – December 28, 2 – 4pm

This course explores Monet’s work and contributions to modernism in the 20th century and beyond.