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Why take an online class at the Barnes?
- Our online classes are conducted live, which means you can engage with your instructor and with fellow students.
- We use state-of-the-art technology that allows you to zoom in closely and see details that can’t be experienced in person—down to the individual brushstroke.
- Topics change continually and are taught by experts from all over the world.
- Can’t attend a live session? Online classes are recorded for access later. Learn more about Barnes classes.
Give the gift of lifelong learning with art history classes taught by Barnes experts.
Join Leslie Bowen, a longtime Barnes instructor, for a personal look at the Barnes collection.
This course examines how Matisse created a new way of using color known as fauvism. Instructor: Michael Williamson
See how artists in the late 19th century were able to mark—and make—change in their work. Instructor: Miriam Ashkin Stanton
Explore how painting was irrevocably changed by the invention of photography. Instructor: Michael Williamson
Learn how the Renaissance painter was inspired by mysticism and how his work found favor with impressionists and modern artists. Instructor: Sheila Barker
Learn how artists use visual media to communicate their unique experience of the world. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell
Examine works by Demuth that explore his identity as an openly gay artist. Instructor: Ty Vanover
Learn how spiritual ideas and mystical experiences influenced painters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Instructor: Roksana Filipowska
Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying works in the Barnes collection. Instructor: Michael Williamson
Study Cézanne’s influence on European modernism and trace the development of his visual language. Instructor: William Perthes
Learn how modern artists adapted earlier traditions in developing new visual languages. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell
An introduction to Islamic art and architecture, focusing on key objects and their social and political contexts. Instructor: Emily Neumeier
Reexamine Pippin’s art and legacy in the context of the galleries in which he once studied. Instructor: Alison Boyd
Explore the materials and approaches that made impressionism, post-impressionism, fauvism, and early modernism such groundbreaking movements. Instructor: Al Gury
Get a better understanding of why Dr. Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell
Learn about the radical generation of artists that emerged from the dissolution of the impressionist group. Instructor: Christa DiMarco
This course is a deep dive into the history and activities of the impressionist group and the deep bonds of its members. Instructor: Caterina Y. Pierre
Delve into the Bauhaus school and movement and explore how we are still unpacking its remarkable legacy. Instructor: Matthew Palczynski
In celebration of spring, take a closer look at floral works in the collection, considering the aesthetics and symbolism of nature in art. Instructor: Amy Gillette
Explore the major achievements of the Roman world by looking closely at key examples of architecture, painting, and sculpture. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell
Examine important works by African American artists who migrated from south to north after the Reconstruction era. Instructor: Michael Williamson
Study the cultural, social, and visual changes that occurred during and after the French Revolution. Instructor: André Dombrowski
This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. In this session, we’ll examine Cézanne’s Ginger Jar.
This class explores visual imagination from an artist’s point of view, revealing how a painter transforms ideas into physical works of art. Instructor: Stuart Shils
Examine the masters of the Dutch Golden Age while also considering the social and political issues of the time. Instructor: Ashley West
Learn how some modern artists looked to classical myths, artifacts, and ideas for inspiration. Instructor: Naina Saligram
This course, taught by the curators of the PAFA exhibition, examines how artists use nature to explore issues of American identity. Instructors: Anna O. Marley, Leah Triplett Harrington
This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. In this session, we’ll examine Picasso’s Acrobat and Young Harlequin.
Explore the Barnes collection’s rich array of works on paper, including images in ink, graphite, watercolor, tempera, pastel, and gouache. Instructor: Christine Stoughton
Uncover the wide range of expression that portraits at the Barnes offer. Instructor: Laura L. Watts
Examine the critical contributions Japanese American artists made to the 20th-century art world. Instructor: Joseph Tokumasu Field
Take a closer look at the ways artists create the illusion of depth in paintings and other works of two-dimensional art. Instructor: Michael Williamson
This new series of single-session immersions focuses on individual works in the collection. In this session, we’ll examine Matisse’s Red Madras Headdress.
Explore Cassatt's methods, materials, and contributions to modernism with the curators of the PMA exhibition. Instructors: Laurel Garber, Jennifer Thompson.
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes Method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.