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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 classes, with new courses curated monthly. Need-based scholarships available. 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?

Online Class: Abstract Expressionism: de Kooning to Mitchell
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Online Class: Abstract Expressionism: de Kooning to Mitchell

Thursdays, March 4–25, 1 – 3:10pm

Survey important artists and works from this American art movement ahead of our spring exhibition Soutine / de Kooning.

Online Class: The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt
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Online Class: The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt

Fridays, March 5–26, 1 – 3:10pm

Explore major monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting from the predynastic period through the New Kingdom.

Online Class: On the Run: European Artists/Intellectuals Flee WWII
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Online Class: On the Run: European Artists/Intellectuals Flee WWII

Mondays, March 8–29, 1 – 2:30pm

Examine key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe as well as the work of those who stayed behind.

Online Class: The Surrealist Revolution
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Online Class: The Surrealist Revolution

Mondays, March 8–29, 6 – 8:10pm

Trace the surrealist movement from formal inception in 1924 through its international expansion in the 1930s.

Online Class: A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin
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Online Class: A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin

Wednesdays, March 10–31, 2 – 4:10pm

These four painters were central to the avant-garde scene in early 20th-century Paris. How did their faith influence their outlook and their artwork?

Online Class: Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations
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Online Class: Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations

Wednesdays, March 10–31, 6 – 8:10pm

What makes art “contemporary”? How do we decide what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.

Online Class: The Baroque Curve: 17th-Century European Architecture
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Online Class: The Baroque Curve: 17th-Century European Architecture

Mondays, April 5–26, 5 – 7:10pm

Explore some of the major architectural monuments of 17th-century Rome, Paris, Versailles, London, and Vienna.

Online Class: Willem&nbspde&nbspKooning in Context
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Online Class: Willem de Kooning in Context

Tuesdays, April 6–27, 1 – 3:10pm

See how de Kooning shaped the iconic abstract expressionists of the New York School and continued to inspire subsequent generations.

Online Class: Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Modernity
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Online Class: Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Modernity

Wednesdays, April 7–28, 3 – 4:30pm

Learn how the influential modernist grappled with the connections between art and philosophy throughout his career.

Online Class: The Arts of Medieval Islam
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Online Class: The Arts of Medieval Islam

Thursdays, April 8–29, 2 – 4:10pm

Get introduced to the rich artistic traditions and architectural achievements of Islamic culture throughout the medieval period.

Online Class: African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings
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Online Class: African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings

Fridays, April 9 – April 30, 2 – 4:10pm

Learn the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Dr. Albert C. Barnes while considering the impact of colonialism and imperialism

Online Class: Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt
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Online Class: Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt

Mondays, May 3–24, 1 – 3:10pm

During the golden age of the Dutch Republic artists like Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer defined the rich visual culture of the 17th century.

Online Class: Manet and Modern Paris
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Online Class: Manet and Modern Paris

Tuesdays, May 4–25, 5 – 7:10pm

This class will place Édouard Manet’s influential paintings within the context of modern Paris, the French Empire, and the city’s increasingly global reputation.

Online Class: Impressionism and Japonisme
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Online Class: Impressionism and Japonisme

Mondays, June 7–28, 1 – 3:10pm

See the extraordinary impact Japanese art and design had on French visual culture—impressionist painting in particular.

Online Class: When the Camera Was New: 19th-Century Photography
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Online Class: When the Camera Was New: 19th-Century Photography

Tuesdays, June 8–29, 2 – 4:10pm

Focus on the technological innovations of some of the first photographers and delve into early debates around the purpose and potential of the new medium.

Online Class: Ride or Die: The Black Cowboy and Urban Rider in Contemporary Art
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Online Class: Ride or Die: The Black Cowboy and Urban Rider in Contemporary Art

Wednesdays, June 9–30, 6 – 8:10pm

Rediscover the timeless archetypes of the Cowboy and the Equestrian through the lens of the African diaspora and contemporary art.