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Impressionism and Japonisme
Online

Impressionism and Japonisme

Friday, July 19, 10am – 4pm

Explore the immense influence of Japanese art on Western painters, sculptors, and designers in the second half of the 19th century. Instructor: Caterina Y. Pierre

Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
Online

Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

Wednesday, July 24, 10am – 4pm

Explore the flourishing of Black art in the 1920s and ’30s and Albert Barnes’s connection to the movement. Instructor: Michael Williamson

Matisse and Renoir in a New Light
On-Site / Exhibition-Related

Matisse and Renoir in a New Light

Tuesday, August 6, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop is a special opportunity to view iconic paintings up close with Barnes educators. Instructors: Rob Jagiela, Kaelin Jewell, Martha Lucy

Art and Restorative Justice
On-Site

Art and Restorative Justice

Wednesday, August 7, 10am – 4pm

Learn how art can play a role in justice reform—in raising awareness of mass incarceration, providing paths toward reentry, and more. Instructor: William Perthes

Close-Looking Immersion: Titian’s <i>Sleeping Shepherd</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Titian’s Sleeping Shepherd

Wednesday, August 14, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

The Lives and Afterlives of Monuments
Online

The Lives and Afterlives of Monuments

Thursday, August 22, 10am – 4pm

Delve into the history of public monuments and their role in shaping cultural memory. Instructor: Paul Farber

Art, Well-Being, and Medicine
Professional Workshops

Art, Well-Being, and Medicine

Professional Development Workshops for Groups

New program! Our group workshops help medical students and healthcare professionals develop a more empathetic, humanistic approach to patient care.

Chromophilia: Modern Art and the Reinvention of Color
Online

Chromophilia: Modern Art and the Reinvention of Color

Fridays, September 6 – September 27, 1 – 3pm

Take a closer look at how artists like Manet and Matisse redefined color and its use in modern art. Instructor: Paul Galvez

Degas and Impressionism: 150 Years Later
Online

Degas and Impressionism: 150 Years Later

Mondays, September 9 – September 30, 2 – 4pm

An in-depth look at Degas’s technical innovations and his contribution to the impressionism movement. Instructor: Michelle Foa

The Traditions of Art
On-Site / Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, September 10 – December 17, 1 – 4pm

Learn how modern artists adapted earlier traditions in developing new visual languages. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

The Elements of Art
On-Site / Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 10 – December 17, 6 – 9pm

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

Close-Looking Immersion: El Greco’s  <i>Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: El Greco’s Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth

Wednesday, September 11, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

The Elements of Art
Online / Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Wednesdays, September 11 – December 18, 6 – 9pm

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

Painting and Poetry
Online

Painting and Poetry

Thursdays, September 12 – October 10, 2 – 4pm

This course looks at the connections between painting and poetry and how they communicate an artist’s philosophy, desires, or cultural orientation. Instructor: Laura J. Watts

Collection Concentration: Paul Cézanne
Online / Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Paul Cézanne

Thursdays, September 12 – December 19, 6 – 9pm

Study Cézanne’s influence on European modernism and trace the development of his visual language. Instructor: William Perthes

Afternoon with an Ensemble: Room 14
On-Site / Barnes Method

Afternoon with an Ensemble: Room 14

Wednesday, September 25, 2 – 4pm

Examine one of Dr. Barnes’s carefully crafted displays of paintings. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Modern Painters Take the Stage: Set and Costume Design in 20th-Century Theater
Online

Modern Painters Take the Stage: Set and Costume Design in 20th-Century Theater

Wednesdays, October 9 – October 30, 1 – 3pm

Explore groundbreaking collaborations that brought important visual artists to the stage. Instructor: Caterina Y. Pierre

Close-Looking Immersion: Maurice Brazil Prendergast’s <i>Marblehead Harbor</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Maurice Brazil Prendergast’s Marblehead Harbor

Wednesday, October 9, 6 – 7:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. Instructor: William Perthes

Looking and Listening: Albert Barnes’s Pairing of Art and Music in the Galleries
On-Site

Looking and Listening: Albert Barnes’s Pairing of Art and Music in the Galleries

Monday, October 14, 6 – 8pm

This new series explores the relationship between visual art and music. Today’s session re-creates some of Dr. Barnes’s favorite pairings. Instructor: Alison Boyd

Builders, Heroes, and Unicorns: Exploring the History and Treasures of the Met Cloisters
Online

Builders, Heroes, and Unicorns: Exploring the History and Treasures of the Met Cloisters

Fridays, October 18 – November 8, 1 – 2:30pm

Join the curator-in-charge of the Cloisters for a deep dive into the museum’s history, architecture, and collections. Instructor: C. Griffith Mann

Zooming In on Van Gogh
Online

Zooming In on Van Gogh

Mondays, October 21 – November 11, 6 – 8pm

Delve into the life and work of one of the greatest, and most mythologized, painters of the modern era. Instructor: Martha Lucy

Workshop: Art, Well-Being, and Medicine
On-Site

Workshop: Art, Well-Being, and Medicine

Wednesday, October 23, 2 – 4pm

Learn how engaging with works of art can strengthen your skills as a healthcare provider. Instructor: William Perthes

Mickalene Thomas, Visual Pleasure and Arts Activism
Online / Exhibition-Related

Mickalene Thomas, Visual Pleasure and Arts Activism

Thursdays, October 24 – November 21, 2 – 3:30pm

Take a deeper dive into Thomas’s career and influence with the curator of All About Love. Instructor: Renée Mussai

Order and Invention
Online

Order and Invention

Tuesdays, November 5 – December 3, 6 – 8pm

How does an idea become a finished work of art? This class explores some of the tools that aid artists in making images. Instructor: Michael Williamson

Errand into the Maze: The Masterpiece and the Ensemble
On-Site

Errand into the Maze: The Masterpiece and the Ensemble

Wednesdays, November 6 – December 4, 2 – 4pm

Consider the reciprocal dialogues between works within Barnes ensembles while seeking a deeper understanding of the collection as a whole. Instructor: Rika Burnham

Size <i>Does</i> Matter: A History of Miniatures in Art
Online

Size Does Matter: A History of Miniatures in Art

Wednesdays, November 6 – December 4, 2 – 4pm

What makes miniatures so fascinating? And what compels artists to work on such a tiny scale? This course shines a spotlight on the art and history of miniatures. Instructor: Julie Steiner

Close-Looking Immersion: Picasso’s <i>Woman Seated on Striped Floor</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Picasso’s Woman Seated on Striped Floor

Wednesday, November 13, 6 – 7:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. Instructor: Naina Saligram

Pillars of the Collection
On-Site / Barnes Method

Pillars of the Collection

Wednesday, December 11, 10am – 4pm

Spend time in the galleries examining some of the most important and best-loved art and artists in the collection. Instructors: Kaelin Jewell, William Perthes

Close-Looking Immersion: Gauguin’s <i>Haere Pape</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Gauguin’s Haere Pape

Wednesday, December 11, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. Instructor: Naina Saligram

Looking and Listening: Picasso and the Art of Composing
On-Site

Looking and Listening: Picasso and the Art of Composing

Monday, December 16, 6 – 8pm

This new series explores the relationship between visual art and music. Today’s session looks at works by Picasso that have been called “visual music.” Instructors: Alison Boyd, Naina Saligram

Horticulture Certificate Program
Horticulture / Certificate Programs

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

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.

Gift a Barnes Class
Special Offer / Online / On-Site

Gift a Barnes Class

Ongoing

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