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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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The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University
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The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University

Monday, July 31 – Monday, November 1

Visitors are invited to explore the grounds and learn about our rare plants and breathtaking blooms.

Research Notes: <br>September 2020
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Research Notes:
September 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Wednesday, September 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

READ Praxis
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READ Praxis

A one-of-a-kind professional development program
Art Education at the Barnes
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Art Education at the Barnes

New online classes curated monthly

Learn about art and the Barnes collection from home with online courses.

Art Education Classes
Online / On-Site

Art Education Classes

New offerings every month

Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes with a full array of online and on-site classes.

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program
Certificate Programs

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Ongoing

This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.

Members-Only Online Talks
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Members-Only Online Talks

Ongoing

Members can learn more about favorite works or artists in the collection, discover archival treasures, and see conservation practices behind the scenes.

Give the Gift of a Barnes Class
Special Offer

Give the Gift of a Barnes Class

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 31

Give the gift of lifelong learning with online art history classes taught by Barnes experts.

Join Now!
Special Offer

Join Now!

Thursday, April 1 – Thursday, July 15
Members-Only Tour: Soutine in the Barnes Collection: A Closer Look
Members

Members-Only Tour: Soutine in the Barnes Collection: A Closer Look

Friday–Monday, 10:30 – 11:30am

Members are invited to take a closer look at the work of Chaïm Soutine in-person in the Barnes collection.

Highlights Tour
Talks & Tours

Highlights Tour

Friday–Monday, 11:30am & 1:30pm

This one-hour tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes.

Private Tours: <i>Soutine / de&nbspKooning</i>
Talks & Tours

Private Tours: Soutine / de Kooning

Friday–Monday, 10, 10:30 & 11am
Through August 8

Tour our newest exhibition and see the visual relationship between two modern masters. This tour is a private one-hour experience for you and up to four guests.

Private Virtual Tours: <i>Soutine / de&nbspKooning</i>
Talks & Tours / Online

Private Virtual Tours: Soutine / de Kooning

Through August 8

Visit the special exhibition without leaving home! Book an online tour for your friends, family, or colleagues.

Private Collection Tours
Talks & Tours

Private Collection Tours

Friday–Monday, 10 & 10:30am

Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes. This tour is a private one-hour experience for you and up to four guests.

Private Virtual Tours
Talks & Tours / Online

Private Virtual Tours

Available Now

Visit the Barnes without leaving home! Book a custom online tour for your friends, family, or colleagues

Barnes in Bloom
Free / Talks & Tours / Special Event!

Barnes in Bloom

Throughout June

Enjoy online and on-site tours and café and shop specials all month long!

Virtual Tour: Masterpieces of Nature
Talks & Tours / Online

Virtual Tour: Masterpieces of Nature

Throughout June

Explore lush landscapes and floral still lifes by favorite artists in the collection from the comfort of home.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: <br>Family Activities
Free / Family / Online

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day:
Family Activities

Through July 3

We’re offering family activities to enjoy from home all month long. Explore floral works in the Barnes collection plus celebrate Black Music Month and Juneteenth.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

Musings and Inspiration: <br>Joan Levy Hepburn and Richard Shiff on de&nbspKooning
Members / Online

Musings and Inspiration:
Joan Levy Hepburn and Richard Shiff on de Kooning

Tuesday, June 22, 12 – 1pm

Two experts discuss painting, color, life, and memories from Willem de Kooning’s Long Island studio in this online presentation.

Members-Only Art Team Morning
Members

Members-Only Art Team Morning

Sunday, June 27, 10:15 – 11am

Each month, members of our Art Team present their ongoing research on the collection to members.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Soutine / de&nbspKooning</i>
Talks & Tours / Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Soutine / de Kooning

Tuesday, June 29, 10 – 11am

A free online tour of the special exhibition on the visual relationship between two important figures of 20th-century art.

Barnes on the Block with Mural Arts Philadelphia & Our America Now
Free / Nightlife / Music / Social

Barnes on the Block with Mural Arts Philadelphia & Our America Now

Friday, July 2, 6 – 10pm

Kick off Fourth of July weekend with local artists and live music, plus food trucks and a beer garden.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Joy
Free / Family / Online

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Joy

July 4, 2021

Free access to the collection and the Soutine / de Kooning exhibition on the Fourth of July—plus joyful activities to enjoy from home.

Online Class: Picturing New York
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Picturing New York

Wednesdays, July 7 – July 28, 1 – 3:10pm

Explore the visual representation of New York through history and examine the factors that shaped the city’s unique visual culture.

Online Class: Rooted in the Earth: The American Landscape Tradition
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Rooted in the Earth: The American Landscape Tradition

Wednesdays, July 7 – July 28, 6 – 8:10pm

This course examines the genre of landscape art—from Thomas Cole to Cauleen Smith—to reveal how American ideologies, aspirations, and fears are found rooted in the earth.

Online Class: <br>Profiles and Paradigms: Jews and Modern Art
Online / Art in Context

Online Class:
Profiles and Paradigms: Jews and Modern Art

Thursdays, July 8 – July 29, 6 – 8:10pm

Explore the work of four 20th-century artists with connections to the Jewish community—Vuillard, Soutine, Stettheimer, and Segal—and their place within modernism.

Online Member Morning
Members / Online

Online Member Morning

Friday, July 9, 10:30 – 11:30am

Members are invited to join Barnes staff online for a chat about membership and benefits, followed by a virtual docent tour of the collection.

Online Class: Albrecht Dürer and the Northern Renaissance
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Albrecht Dürer and the Northern Renaissance

Mondays, July 12 – August 2, 6 – 8:10pm

A careful analysis of Dürer’s prints, paintings, and drawings will shed light on the important role he played in the culture of early modern Europe.

Online Class: Light in the Dark Ages
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Light in the Dark Ages

Tuesdays, July 13 – August 3, 1 – 3:10pm

A closer look at art during the Dark Ages shows a visual culture bursting at the seams with complex ideas achieved through light and color.

Online Talk: Arthur Lubow and Mark Stevens on <i>Soutine / de&nbspKooning</i>
Free / Talks & Tours / Online

Online Talk: Arthur Lubow and Mark Stevens on Soutine / de Kooning

Wednesday, July 14, 12 – 1pm

The art critics explore how Soutine and de Kooning pushed the capabilities of oil paint.

Members-Only Online Tour: Barnes in Bloom
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Barnes in Bloom

Tuesday, July 20, 10 – 11am

The Barnes collection is full of masterworks of nature. Explore paintings that highlight natural world in this virtual docent-led experience.

Members-Only Online Tour: Barnes in Bloom
Members / Online

Members-Only Online Tour: Barnes in Bloom

Tuesday, July 27, 10 – 11am

The Barnes collection is full of masterworks of nature. Explore paintings that highlight natural world in this virtual docent-led experience.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Soutine / de&nbspKooning</i>
Talks & Tours / Members / Online

Members-Only Online Tour: Soutine / de Kooning

Wednesday, July 28, 2 – 3pm

A free online tour of the special exhibition on the visual relationship between two important figures of 20th-century art.

One-Day Workshop: Discover the Barnes
On-Site / The Barnes Method

One-Day Workshop: Discover the Barnes

Tuesday, August 3, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop offers an introduction to the remarkable history and extraordinary collections of the Barnes Foundation.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Soutine / de&nbspKooning</i>
Talks & Tours / Members / Online

Members-Only Online Tour: Soutine / de Kooning

Wednesday, August 4, 2 – 3pm

A free online tour of the special exhibition on the visual relationship between two important figures of 20th-century art.

Online Class: The Art of Ancient Nubia: Egypt’s Rival on the Nile
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: The Art of Ancient Nubia: Egypt’s Rival on the Nile

Thursdays, August 5 – August 26, 1 – 3:10pm

From stone pyramids to winged giraffes, get to know the fabulous and fantastical art of ancient Nubia.

One-Day Workshop: Discover the Barnes
On-Site / The Barnes Method

One-Day Workshop: Discover the Barnes

Tuesday, August 10, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop offers an introduction to the remarkable history and extraordinary collections of the Barnes Foundation.

Members-Only Online Tour: Above the Doors
Members / Online

Members-Only Online Tour: Above the Doors

Tuesdays, August 10 & 24, 10 – 11am

Take a closer look at some hidden gems and underappreciated artworks in the collection in this unique virtual tour.

Online Member Orientation
Members / Online

Online Member Orientation

Wednesday, August 11, 10:30 – 11:30am

New members are invited to join us online to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.

Online Class: Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception

Thursdays, September 2 – September 30, 2 – 4:10pm

This course looks at forgeries—how they're made and why, and how scholars distinguish between fake and real.

Online Class: Michelangelo in Focus
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Michelangelo in Focus

Fridays, September 3 – September 30, 10am – 12:10pm

Take a deep dive into the creative process and masterworks of the Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet.

Online Class: Modernist Watercolor Techniques: Cézanne and Demuth
Online / Materials and Techniques

Online Class: Modernist Watercolor Techniques: Cézanne and Demuth

Fridays, September 3 – September 24, 1 – 3:10pm

This class explores the working methods of two virtuoso watercolorists in the Barnes collection: Paul Cézanne and Charles Demuth.

Members-Only Online Tour: Wicked Paris
Members / Online

Members-Only Online Tour: Wicked Paris

Tuesdays, September 7 & 21, 10 – 11am

Learn about the revolutionary artists drawn to the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre at the turn of the 20th century in this virtual collection tour.

Online Class: The Traditions of Art
Online / The Barnes Method

Online Class: The Traditions of Art

Mondays, September 13 – December 13, 3 – 6pm

Study how artists learn and adapt previous traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Online Class: What Is Minimalism?
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: What Is Minimalism?

Tuesdays, September 14 – October 5, 12 – 2:10pm

Trace the roots of minimalism in the Bauhaus, De Stijl, and constructivism movements, and discover how Agnes Martin and other pioneering women have reshaped the canon.

Online Member Morning
Members / Online

Online Member Morning

Wednesday, September 15, 10:30 – 11:30am

Members are invited to join Barnes staff online for a chat about membership and benefits, followed by a virtual docent tour of the collection.

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes&nbspCollection
Members / Online

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection

Wednesday, September 22, 5:30 – 6:30pm

A free virtual tour of the collection for members. See details of favorite artworks like never before.

2021 Barnes Art Ball
Nightlife / Social

2021 Barnes Art Ball

Friday, October 15

Join us for a celebration of art, community, and philanthropy. Enjoy creative encounters and see the new exhibition Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel.