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

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Group Visits
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Group Visits

Thursday, March 15 – Wednesday, March 16
Research Notes: <br>July 2021
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Research Notes:
July 2021

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

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

Art Education at the Barnes
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Art Education at the Barnes

New 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.

Gift a Barnes Class
Special Offer

Gift a Barnes Class

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 31

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

Highlights Tour
Talks & Tours

Highlights Tour

Thursday–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.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

Special Exhibition Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Talks & Tours

Special Exhibition Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday–Monday, 1 – 2pm

Trace the fascinating career of the groundbreaking artist in this docent-led tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel.

Private Exhibition Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Talks & Tours

Private Exhibition Tour: Suzanne Valadon

October 1, 2021–January 9, 2022

Tour our newest exhibition and learn about Valadon’s extraordinary life. This tour is a private one-hour experience for you and up to five guests.

December Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
Talks & Tours

December Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

This tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection—Degas, Renoir, Modigliani, and more—who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

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

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.

Member Appreciation Days
Members / Special Event!

Member Appreciation Days

Fridays in December

This December, members get even more! Free talks, plus extra discounts!

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Faces
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Faces

Sunday, December 5, 10am – 5pm

Free access to the collection and Suzanne Valadon exhibition, plus fun games, storytime, and dance performances.

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.

Online Member Orientation
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Online Member Orientation

Thursday, December 9, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Member Appreciation Talk: “Cotton Revisited”—John E. Dowell, Jr. & James Claiborne
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Member Appreciation Talk: “Cotton Revisited”—John E. Dowell, Jr. & James Claiborne

Friday, December 10, 12 – 1pm

Artist John E. Dowell, Jr., discusses his latest photography exhibition with James Claiborne, our new curator of public programs.

Lecture: Caetlin Benson-Allott on the Female Gaze
Talks & Tours

Lecture: Caetlin Benson-Allott on the Female Gaze

Saturday, December 11, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Join a film and media expert for a look at how contemporary filmmakers, critics, and scholars are redefining the female gaze in the 21st century.

Members-Only Gallery Talk
Members

Members-Only Gallery Talk

Sunday, December 12, 10:15 – 11am

Each month, members of our Adult Education team present their ongoing research on the collection to members.

In Focus Gallery Talk: <i>Madame Cézanne with Green Hat</i>
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Madame Cézanne with Green Hat

Monday, December 13, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Jalen Chang, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Main Gallery

Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
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Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Tuesday, December 14, 2 – 3pm

This virtual collection tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Members-Only Online Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesday, December 15, 2 – 3pm

A free online tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel for members.

Member Appreciation Talk: Lydia Delectorskaya and the Making of Matisse
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Member Appreciation Talk: Lydia Delectorskaya and the Making of Matisse

Friday, December 17, 12 – 1pm

Art historian Ellen McBreen explores the critical role that Delectorskaya played in Matisse’s studio.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, December 30, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

January Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women
Talks & Tours

January Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn how the women in Renoir’s life influenced his career and found their way onto his canvases.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Happy Birthday, Dr. Barnes!
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Happy Birthday, Dr. Barnes!

Sunday, January 2, 10am – 5pm

Celebrate our founder's birthday with games, storytime, and dance performances. Plus, free access to the galleries and our Suzanne Valadon exhibition.

Cubism and Its Impact
Online / Art in Context

Cubism and Its Impact

Wednesdays, January 5 – January 26, 1 – 3pm

Cubism turned the art world on its head. Learn why this movement had such an enormous impact, and why that impact can still be felt today.

The Gothic Cathedral
Online / Art in Context

The Gothic Cathedral

Thursdays, January 6 – January 27, 1 – 3pm

Explore famous cathedrals constructed in Europe from the 12th to 16th centuries, then take a close look at Gothic Revival buildings throughout Philadelphia.

First Friday! Warren Oree & Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Warren Oree & Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble

Friday, January 7, 6 – 9pm

Kick off the new year with the eclectic sounds of Philly’s own Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.

Toddler Time
Family / Social

Toddler Time

Friday, January 14, 10 – 11am

Toddler Time is back! Join us for art activities, stories, and an adventure through the galleries.

The Elements of Art
Online / The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, January 25 – April 26, 1 – 4pm

Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying works in the Barnes collection.

The Traditions of Art
On-Site / The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, January 25 – April 26, 6 – 9pm

Learn about how modern artists adapted earlier traditions in developing their own visual languages.

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered
Online / The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered

Tuesdays, January 25 – May 3, 6 – 9pm

With 179 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the collection, the Barnes is the ideal place to learn about this important but often misunderstood artist.

Learning to See
Online / On-Site / The Barnes Method

Learning to See

Tuesdays, February 1 – February 22, 1 – 3pm

Learn how to see like an artist and better understand how painters, sculptors, and other creators express their unique experiences of the world.

February Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women
Talks & Tours

February Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn how the women in Renoir’s life influenced his career and found their way onto his canvases.

Introduction to Color Theory
On-Site / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Introduction to Color Theory

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 11am – 1pm

Learn about basic color theory by studying paintings in the Barnes collection and watching demonstrations led by a practicing artist.

Italian Masters: Giotto to Caravaggio
Online / Art in Context

Italian Masters: Giotto to Caravaggio

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 12 – 2pm

Study the work of Donatello, Raphael, Caravaggio, and other Italian artists who changed the course of western European art history.

Impressionism: Rebellion & Rivalry
Online / Art in Context

Impressionism: Rebellion & Rivalry

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 2 – 4pm

Explore how the impressionists broke the rules for painting and turned the 19th-century art establishment on its head.

American Modernism in the Southwest: O’Keeffe to Peña
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

American Modernism in the Southwest: O’Keeffe to Peña

Thursdays, February 3 – February 24, 1 – 3pm

In the early 1900s, modernist painters like Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley found inspiration in the American Southwest's natural beauty and Indigenous culture.

First Friday! Lee Mo
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Lee Mo

Friday, February 4, 6 – 9pm

Enjoy an evening of art and live music with Philadelphia-based jazz and soul vocalist Lee Mo.

March Spotlight Tour: Dr. Barnes and American Art
Talks & Tours

March Spotlight Tour: Dr. Barnes and American Art

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Dr. Barnes collected American paintings, pottery, furniture, and more. Learn how and why these works ended up in his ensembles.

Seeing Cézanne
On-Site / Art in Context

Seeing Cézanne

Tuesdays, March 1 – March 22, 2 – 4pm

It has been said that Cezanne’s art expresses the process of seeing. What does that mean?

Jerusalem in the Middle Ages
Online / Art in Context

Jerusalem in the Middle Ages

Wednesdays, March 2 – March 23, 4 – 6pm

Explore the arts of medieval Jerusalem, a bustling commercial center and home to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all of whom regarded the city as integral to their faiths.

Painting Methods and Techniques in the Barnes Collection
Online / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Painting Methods and Techniques in the Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, March 2 – March 23, 6 – 8pm

Taught by a practicing artist, this course offers an in-depth look at the techniques and aesthetic thinking behind a range of artworks.

Visualizing Race
Online / Art in Context

Visualizing Race

Thursdays, March 3 – March 24, 6 – 8pm

How has visual imagery shaped our ideas about race and racial categories?

First Friday! Laura Lizcano
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Laura Lizcano

Friday, March 4, 6 – 9pm

Singer-songwriter Laura Lizcano combines her formal jazz training with a love for folk and pop music.

Salvador Dalí: Surrealism and Beyond
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Salvador Dalí: Surrealism and Beyond

Wednesdays, March 16 – April 6, 1 – 3pm

This course explores Dalí’s dazzling, often shocking imagery through a diverse range of media spanning over 60 years.

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community
On-Site / Art in Context

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community

Mondays, March 21 – April 11, 6 – 8pm

Explore the histories of the Native objects in the collection, including Pueblo water jars, colorful Navajo blankets, and hand-wrought silver jewelry.