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

Online Class: What Is Minimalism?

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

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.

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

Demuth, Hartley, Sexuality, and American Modernism

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

Barnes director Thom Collins teaches this special course exploring the work of two major American modernists against the backdrop of gay and lesbian history.

Online Class: Mexican Muralism
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Mexican Muralism

Thursdays, October 7 – October 28, 10am – 12pm

Examine the origins and development of the Mexican muralist movement in the 20th century, with a focus on Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros.

Online Class: Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Painting with Pissarro: The Journey into Modernism

Thursdays, October 7 – October 28, 6 – 8pm

Explore Pissarro’s practice, his relationships with other artists, and his influence on the evolution of modern art in the late 19th century.

Online Class: History of Modern Design
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Online Class: History of Modern Design

Fridays, October 8 – October 29, 12 – 2pm

This course traces major moments in the history of modern design, including material innovations and the ideas behind Bauhaus, art deco, postmodernism, and other movements.

Online Class: The Nude in France: From the Ideal to the Real
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: The Nude in France: From the Ideal to the Real

Saturdays, October 9 – October 30, 11am – 1pm

From the playful boudoir scenes of the rococo to the provocative working-class models of the avant-garde, this course explores the critical transformation of the nude over the 19th century.

Another Jasper Johns
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Another Jasper Johns

Mondays, November 1 – November 22, 6 – 8pm

Learn about the life and work of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. Just in time for the major Johns retrospective at the PMA this fall.

Online Class: Posers: A History of the Artist’s Model in European Painting
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Posers: A History of the Artist’s Model in European Painting

Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 6 – 8pm

This course explores the behind-the-scenes realities of the artist’s model across time, focusing especially on the class and gender dynamics of the 19th-century studio.

Online Class: <i>Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation</i>: Learn from the Authors
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation: Learn from the Authors

Thursdays, November 11 – December 9, 1 – 3pm

A special course team-taught by the authors of our much-anticipated new catalogue about the Cézannes in the Barnes collection. The book—and the class—are the culmination of years of research.

Online Class: Artistic Exchange along the Silk Road
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Artistic Exchange along the Silk Road

Thursdays, November 11 – December 9, 4 – 6pm

Along with goods, ancient trade routes led to an exchange of art and ideas. This course explores the visual cultures of empires that rose and fell along this storied network.

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.