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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.
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.
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.
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.
Talks & Tours / Members

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!
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Wednesday, February 14 – Thursday, May 31
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.
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.
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.
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine

Thursday, March 1 – Saturday, March 31
Each month, our Spotlight Tours focus on a particular artist or theme in the collection. Join us for our March tour, all about Modigliani and Soutine!
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!
Free / Talks & Tours

A Conversation with Walé Oyéjidé and Isaac Ewell

Sunday, March 4, 3 – 4:30pm
Walé Oyéjidé, founder of the label Ikiré Jones, talks to Onehunted’s Isaac Ewell about designing for Black Panther and creating fashion to the left of the status quo.
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: Renoir and Matisse

Wednesday, March 7, 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.
Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

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

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, March 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

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.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Daumier’s The Ribalds

Monday, April 2, 2 – 2:30pm
Find out more about Daumier’s work in this talk led by Roksana Filipowska, a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 14
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.
Free / Talks & Tours

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Keynote Lecture

Thursday, April 5, 6:30 – 8pm
Megan Holmes, professor of art history at the University of Michigan, speaks about interpreting scratches on Italian panel paintings.
Free / Talks & Tours

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art

Friday, April 6, 10am – 4:30pm
Discover current research in art history through presentations and moderated discussions in the 23rd year of our symposium.
Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture Series: A la Mode: Fashion and Impressionism

Saturday, April 7, 11:30am – 12:30pm
A look at the impact of Parisian fashion on impressionism with Therese Dolan, professor of art history at Temple University.
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.
Talks & Tours

International Slow Art Day 2018

Saturday, April 14, 11am – 1pm
Discover the joy of looking at art at the Barnes. Spend an hour examining works in the galleries, then join a discussion about your experience.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: de Chirico’s The Arrival

Monday, April 16, 2 – 2:30pm
Take a closer look at de Chirico’s The Arrival, with Miriam Stanton, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 19
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.
Members

Member Previews for Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema

Friday, May 4 – Saturday, May 5
Members are invited to see our new exhibition before the public opening.
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Preview Party for Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema

Friday, May 4, 6 – 9pm
Join us for cocktails and music by La Vie en Rose at a preview for our new special exhibition.
Free / Social

Arboretum Plant Sale

Saturday, May 5, 9am – 2pm
Trees, shrubs, perennials, and tropical plants are all available at the Barnes Arboretum's annual plant sale.
Talks & Tours

Plants, Glorious Plants with Stephanie Cohen

Saturday, May 5, 12 – 1pm
Analyze your existing or new garden and start looking for great plants to fill in the gaps, with help from the award-winning horticulturalist and author.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Jean Renoir’s Vase

Monday, May 7, 2 – 2:30pm
Roksana Filipowska, PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss Jean Renoir’s Vase. Free with admission; Room 7
Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture Series: Why We Love to Hate Renoir

Sunday, May 13, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Learn about Renoir’s reputation and why his paintings may disconcert the modern viewer in this talk by Martha Lucy, author of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation.
Members

Guided Gallery Talk: Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema

Wednesday, May 16, 12 – 1pm
Explore our special exhibition with a Barnes docent in this in-depth tour for members.
Horticulture

Unusual Annuals and Tender Perennials

Thursday, May 17, 6 – 8pm
See how these exceptional plants can be integrated into mixed borders, rock gardens, shade gardens, and containers.
Nightlife / Music / Social

Young Professionals Night: Sirens of the Screen

Friday, May 18, 7 – 10pm
After-hours art, style, and live beats await Philadelphia's young leaders and Contemporaries members.
Horticulture

Artfully Planted Containers

Saturday, May 19, 10am – 1pm
See examples of creative container gardening—a great way to brighten any home—and make your own arrangement.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Reading

Monday, May 21, 2 – 2:30pm
Explore this 1892 painting with Miriam Stanton, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 14
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Cézanne’s The Card Players

Monday, June 4, 2 – 2:30pm
Get the story behind the painting with Roksana Filipowska, a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 1
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Matisse’s High Tide

Monday, June 18, 2pm – 2:30am
Miriam Stanton, a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss this 1920 work. Free with admission; Room 9
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.
Members

Guided Gallery Talk: Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema

Wednesday, June 20, 12 – 1pm
Take a closer look at Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema with this in-depth tour for members.
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