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Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes! We’re now offering a full array of online classes, with new ones rolling out every month. Need-based scholarships are available.

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Group Tours
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Group Tours

Thursday, March 15 – Tuesday, March 16

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READ Praxis
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READ Praxis

A one-of-a-kind professional development program
The Barnes from Home
Online / Learn from Home

The Barnes from Home

Friday, March 20 – Thursday, December 31

Stay connected with the Barnes through our many online resources, detailed here.

New! Summer Online&nbspClasses
Learn from Home

New! Summer Online Classes

Wednesday, April 1 – Monday, August 31

Learn about art and the Barnes collection from home with online courses.

#BarnesRollCall: Live Talks with Artists and Performers
Free / Talks & Tours / Performance / Online

#BarnesRollCall: Live Talks with Artists and Performers

Thursday, August 13, 4 – 4:45pm

We can't gather at the Barnes right now, so we're bringing live performances and conversations to you on Instagram!

Barnes from Home: Spotify Playlist
Free / Music / Online

Barnes from Home: Spotify Playlist

Ongoing

Enjoy staff-selected songs that bring masterpieces to mind.

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.

Online Class: Protest, Politics, and the Public Monument
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Protest, Politics, and the Public Monument

Tuesdays, August 4–25, 1 – 3pm*

Explore controversial public monuments and the politics of race across American history.

Contemporary Art and Weaving with Diedrick Brackens and Erin M. Riley
Free / Talks & Tours / Online

Contemporary Art and Weaving with Diedrick Brackens and Erin M. Riley

Wednesday, August 5, 4 – 5pm

Join us for an online conversation with two textile artists live from their studios, followed by a Q&A. Moderated by Barnes associate curator Cindy Kang.

Online Class: Decadence Through the Ages
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Decadence Through the Ages

Thursdays, August 6–27, 1 – 2:30pm*

In this team-taught course, we trace the visual representations of excess throughout art history.

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.

Online Class: Collection Concentration: Dawn of Modernism in Europe and the US
The Barnes Method / Online

Online Class: Collection Concentration: Dawn of Modernism in Europe and the US

Tuesdays, September 8 – December 8, 1 – 4pm

This class explores the meaning of “modernism” and examines the relationship between painting, literature, and other media from the modern era.

Online Class: Duchamp and Dada
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Duchamp and Dada

Tuesdays, September 8–29, 1 – 2:30pm*

Learn how Marcel Duchamp and his contemporaries questioned the very nature of art and its function in modern society.

Online Class: <br>The Traditions of Art
The Barnes Method / Online

Online Class:
The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, September 8 – December 8, 6 – 9pm

Study the ways in which artists draw upon earlier artistic traditions, focusing on the development of modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Online Class: The Gothic Cathedral
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Gothic Cathedral

Wednesdays, September 9–30, 1 – 2:30pm*

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

Online Class: European Modernism and the Arts of Africa
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: European Modernism and the Arts of Africa

Wednesdays, September 9–30, 6 – 7:30pm*

What drew European artists and thinkers to African art? This class will confront challenging issues of identity, race, otherness, and supremacy head-on.

Online Class: Exploring the Barnes Collection: A Focus on the Body
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Exploring the Barnes Collection: A Focus on the Body

Thursdays, September 10–October 1, 4 – 5:30pm*

Study the human body's representation across art history in this team-taught course, part of a new series focusing on specific themes in the collection.

Online Class: The Art of Byzantium: A Gold-Saturated World
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Art of Byzantium: A Gold-Saturated World

Fridays, September 11–October 2, 2 – 3:30pm*

Dive into the visual culture of the Byzantine Empire, which was influenced by nearly a millennium of religious, social, and political upheaval.

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

Online Class: Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Saturdays, October 3 – October 24, 9 – 10:30am

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

Online Class: Picasso
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Picasso

Mondays, October 5–26, 1 – 2:30pm*

Immerse yourself in Picasso’s work, tracing key moments in his oeuvre and highlighting his impact on his contemporaries.

Online Class: How Art History is Flawed: Inverting the Center of 20th-Century Art
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: How Art History is Flawed: Inverting the Center of 20th-Century Art

Mondays, October 5–26, 6 – 7:30pm*

How can art historians, museums, collectors, and critics include artists like Elijah Pierce in a fuller and more expansive story of American art?

Online Class: Matisse: Painting in Nice and Beyond
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Matisse: Painting in Nice and Beyond

Tuesdays, October 6–27, 2 – 3:30pm*

An in-depth look at art Matisse made in the South of France, where he lived and worked from 1917 to his death in 1954.

Online Class: The Portrait: Renaissance to Modern
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Portrait: Renaissance to Modern

Wednesdays, October 7–28, 1 – 2:30pm*

This course traces the changing nature of portraits across art history, including new roles and artistic approaches.

Online Class: Modern Painting Techniques in the Barnes Collection
Materials and Techniques / Online

Online Class: Modern Painting Techniques in the Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, October 7–28, 6 – 7:30pm*

Explore the materials and approaches that made impressionism, post-impressionism, fauvism, and early modernism such groundbreaking movements.

Online Class: Reimagining Ancient Egypt: From Egyptomania to Pop Culture
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Reimagining Ancient Egypt: From Egyptomania to Pop Culture

Thursdays, October 8–29, 6 – 7:30pm*

Explore how Ancient Egypt has been reimagined in modern visual culture, from the Egyptomania of the early 1900s to today’s Hollywood depictions.

Online Class: Degas
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Degas

Fridays, October 9–30, 11am – 12:30pm*

This course takes you through Degas’s life and career, which produced some of the most beloved—and controversial—artworks of the late 19th century.

2020 Barnes Art Ball
Nightlife / Social

2020 Barnes Art Ball

Friday, October 16

Join us this fall for a celebration of the creative voice within us all, inspired by the landmark exhibition Elijah Pierce’s America.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Horticulture / Certificate Programs

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

Lecture & Book Signing: Jed Perl on Alexander Calder
Talks & Tours

Lecture & Book Signing: Jed Perl on Alexander Calder

Saturday, November 7, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Author and art critic Jed Perl discusses his new biography, Calder: The Conquest of Space.