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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.

Group Tours
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Group Tours

Thursday, March 15 – Wednesday, March 16
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Private Tours: Soutine / de Kooning

Thursday–Monday, 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 1pm
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

Thursday–Monday, 10, 10:30 & 11am

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

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

August Spotlight Tour: Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde
Talks & Tours / Members

August Spotlight Tour: Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde

Thursday–Monday, 1 – 2pm

Take a closer look at the work of Van Gogh and his radical contemporaries.

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

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Water

August 1, 2021

Free access to the collection and the Soutine / de Kooning exhibition—plus artful activities to enjoy from home.

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.

First Friday! A Tribute to Bob Marley
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! A Tribute to Bob Marley

Friday, August 6, 6 – 9pm

First Friday is back! Tonight, the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble pays homage to the legendary music of Bob Marley.

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.

Member Talk: A Trip into the Barnes Archives
Members / Online

Member Talk: A Trip into the Barnes Archives

Wednesday, August 11, 12 – 1pm

Our Associate Archivist sets the record straight about famous figures who visited the collection—and those who Dr. Barnes turned away.

Facing Change: Identity
Free / Talks & Tours / Online

Facing Change: Identity

Monday, August 16, 6 – 7:30pm

In our Facing Change series, artists, scholars, and community activists explore issues related to race in America.

Members-Only Art Team Morning
Members

Members-Only Art Team Morning

Sunday, August 29, 10:15 – 11am

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

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 24, 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 / Understanding 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.

First Friday! Larry McKenna
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Larry McKenna

Friday, September 3, 6 – 9pm

First Friday is back! Tonight, the legendary Philly saxophonist brings his signature jazz sound.

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.

Member Talk: Barnes Art Adventures
Members / Online

Member Talk: Barnes Art Adventures

Tuesday, September 14, 12 – 1pm

Learn all about our innovative online education program with members of our K–12 education team. See how we reached over 16,000 students this past academic year and take a preview art lesson.

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered
On-Site / The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered

Tuesdays, September 14 – December 14, 1 – 4pm

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.

The Elements of Art
On-Site / The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 14 – December 14, 6 – 9pm

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

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.

Demuth, Hartley, Sexuality, and American Modernism
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Demuth, Hartley, Sexuality, and American Modernism

Tuesdays, September 21 – October 12, 4 – 6:10pm

Trace the art and careers of Charles Demuth and Marsden Hartley against the backdrop of gay and lesbian history and visual culture.

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.

The Decisions Artists Make
On-Site / Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Decisions Artists Make

Wednesdays, October 6 – October 27, 11am – 1pm

Explore how the creative choices made by artists communicate their vision and affect the viewer’s experience.

No Apologies: Suzanne Valadon
On-Site / Art in Context

No Apologies: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesdays, October 6 – October 27, 1 – 3pm

Explore the legacy of the radical French artist, and see how her work is still relevant and relatable today.

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.

Poems and Paintings
On-Site / The Barnes Method

Poems and Paintings

Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 10am – 12pm

Discover analogies between the visual and the textual. Learn about the various strategies used by painters and writers to create imagery.

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles
On-Site / The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 12 – 2pm

Get a better understanding of why Dr. Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.