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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 classes, with new courses curated monthly. Need-based scholarships available. Online classes make great gifts.

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Group Tours
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Group Tours

Thursday, March 15 – Tuesday, March 16
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.

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.

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

Give the Gift of a Barnes Class
Special Offer

Give the Gift of a Barnes Class

Friday, December 18 – Thursday, February 25

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

Private Collection Tours
Talks & Tours

Private Collection Tours

Friday–Monday, 10 – 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 three guests.

Barnes from Home: Family Art Time
Free / Family / Online

Barnes from Home: Family Art Time

Ongoing

Kids and their adults can create art and learn from artists and objects in the Barnes collection.

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

Members-Only Online Tours: The Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, January 20 – March 3, 2 – 3pm

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

Book 2 Tickets, Get a Free Gift | COZY
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Book 2 Tickets, Get a Free Gift | COZY

Through March 6
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day
Free / Family / Online

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day

February 7 – March 6, 2021

We’re offering family activities to enjoy from home all month long. Explore the art of Henri Rousseau, create artwork, and enjoy a creative reflection on breakfast. Until March 6.

Join Now!
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Join Now!

Tuesday, February 9 – Sunday, May 16
Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Keynote Lecture
Free / Talks & Tours / Online

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Keynote Lecture

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 – 8pm

Jonathan D. Katz, a founding figure in queer art history, speaks on the relationship between the art world and the AIDS epidemic.

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Day One
Free / Talks & Tours / Online

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Day One

Friday, February 26, 10am – 4:30pm

Discover current research in art history through online presentations and moderated discussions.

Curatorial Preview: <i>Soutine / de&nbspKooning</i>
Talks & Tours / Online

Curatorial Preview: Soutine / de Kooning

Wednesday, March 3, 4 – 5pm

Join the co-curator of our latest special exhibition for a discussion about the visual relationship between the two highly influential artists.

<i>Soutine / de&nbspKooning</i> Exhibition Preview and Open House
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Soutine / de Kooning Exhibition Preview and Open House

Thursday, March 4, 11:30am – 7:30pm
Online Class: Abstract Expressionism: de Kooning to Mitchell
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Abstract Expressionism: de Kooning to Mitchell

Thursdays, March 4–25, 1 – 3:10pm

Survey important artists and works from this American art movement ahead of our spring exhibition Soutine / de Kooning.

Member Previews: <i>Soutine / de&nbspKooning</i>
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Member Previews: Soutine / de Kooning

Friday, March 5 – Saturday, March 6

As a member, see the exhibition before the public opening.

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Day Two
Free / Talks & Tours / Online

Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Day Two

Friday, March 5, 10am – 4:30pm

Discover current research in art history through online presentations and moderated discussions.

Online Class: The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt

Fridays, March 5–26, 1 – 3:10pm

Explore major monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting from the predynastic period through the New Kingdom.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day
Free / Family / Online

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day

March 7, 2021

Welcome back, Barnes families! We’re once again offering free access to the collection and the new Soutine / de Kooning exhibition—plus artful activities to enjoy from home.

Online Class: On the Run: European Artists/Intellectuals Flee WWII
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: On the Run: European Artists/Intellectuals Flee WWII

Mondays, March 8–29, 1 – 2:30pm

Examine key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe as well as the work of those who stayed behind.

Online Class: The Surrealist Revolution
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Surrealist Revolution

Mondays, March 8–29, 6 – 8:10pm

Trace the surrealist movement from formal inception in 1924 through its international expansion in the 1930s.

Member Morning
Members / Online

Member Morning

Wednesday, March 10, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Online Class: A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin

Wednesdays, March 10–31, 2 – 4:10pm

These four painters were central to the avant-garde scene in early 20th-century Paris. How did their faith influence their outlook and their artwork?

Online Class: Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations

Wednesdays, March 10–31, 6 – 8:10pm

What makes art “contemporary”? How do we decide what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.

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

Private Tours: Soutine / de Kooning

Friday–Monday, 10am
Beginning March 12

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.

Online Talk: Brandon Truett on Dr. Barnes and Joan Miró in the 1930s
Talks & Tours / Online

Online Talk: Brandon Truett on Dr. Barnes and Joan Miró in the 1930s

Saturday, March 20, 11:30am – 12:30pm

How can art resist facism? Learn how Dr. Barnes's interest in the Spanish Civil War led to the purchase of two politically charged paintings by Miró.

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

Members-Only Online Tours: Soutine / de Kooning

Wednesdays, March 24 – April 28, 2 – 3pm

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

Member Talk: Soutine, Rembrandt, and Chardin
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Member Talk: Soutine, Rembrandt, and Chardin

Friday, March 26, 12 – 1pm

Barnes Art Team member Tamara Mason provides a closer look at two of Chaïm Soutine’s artistic influences.

Members-Only Art Team Morning
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Members-Only Art Team Morning

Sunday, March 28, 10:15 – 11am

Each month, members of our Art Team—professional art historians, artists, and educators—present their ongoing research on the collection to members.

Online Class: The Baroque Curve: 17th-Century European Architecture
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Baroque Curve: 17th-Century European Architecture

Mondays, April 5–26, 5 – 7:10pm

Explore some of the major architectural monuments of 17th-century Rome, Paris, Versailles, London, and Vienna.

Online Class: Willem&nbspde&nbspKooning in Context
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Willem de Kooning in Context

Tuesdays, April 6–27, 1 – 3:10pm

See how de Kooning shaped the iconic abstract expressionists of the New York School and continued to inspire subsequent generations.

Online Class: Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Modernity
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Modernity

Wednesdays, April 7–28, 3 – 4:30pm

Learn how the influential modernist grappled with the connections between art and philosophy throughout his career.

Online Class: The Arts of Medieval Islam
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Arts of Medieval Islam

Thursdays, April 8–29, 2 – 4:10pm

Get introduced to the rich artistic traditions and architectural achievements of Islamic culture throughout the medieval period.

Online Class: Conservation Challenges: Abstract Expressionism
Materials and Techniques / Online

Online Class: Conservation Challenges: Abstract Expressionism

Thursdays, April 8–29, 6 – 8:10pm

The abstract expressionists experimented with unconventional materials and techniques—learn how these works are treated and preserved from professional conservators.

Online Class: African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings

Fridays, April 9 – April 30, 2 – 4:10pm

Learn the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Dr. Albert C. Barnes while considering the impact of colonialism and imperialism

Facing Change: White-Adjacent
Free / Talks & Tours / Online

Facing Change: White-Adjacent

Monday, April 19, 6 – 7:30pm

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

Online Class: Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt

Mondays, May 3–24, 1 – 3:10pm

During the golden age of the Dutch Republic artists like Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer defined the rich visual culture of the 17th century.

Online Class: Manet and Modern Paris
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Manet and Modern Paris

Tuesdays, May 4–25, 5 – 7:10pm

This class will place Édouard Manet’s influential paintings within the context of modern Paris, the French Empire, and the city’s increasingly global reputation.

Online Class: Soutine’s Technique: A Close Look
Materials and Techniques / Online

Online Class: Soutine’s Technique: A Close Look

Wednesdays, May 5–26, 2 – 4:10pm

Focus on the working methods of Chaïm Soutine in this course co-taught by an art historian and conservator.

Online Class: Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles
The Barnes Method / Online

Online Class: Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Thursdays, May 6–27, 2 – 4:10pm

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

Online Class: Impressionism and Japonisme
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Impressionism and Japonisme

Mondays, June 7–28, 1 – 3:10pm

See the extraordinary impact Japanese art and design had on French visual culture—impressionist painting in particular.

Online Class: When the Camera Was New: 19th-Century Photography
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: When the Camera Was New: 19th-Century Photography

Tuesdays, June 8–29, 2 – 4:10pm

Focus on the technological innovations of some of the first photographers and delve into early debates around the purpose and potential of the new medium.

Online Class: Ride or Die: The Black Cowboy and Urban Rider in Contemporary Art
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Ride or Die: The Black Cowboy and Urban Rider in Contemporary Art

Wednesdays, June 9–30, 6 – 8:10pm

Rediscover the timeless archetypes of the Cowboy and the Equestrian through the lens of the African diaspora and contemporary art.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Horticulture / Certificate Programs

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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