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Art & Aesthetics

Art & Aesthetics

Barnes instructor John Gatti
Ryan Donnell Photography

The Barnes Foundation offers a progressive approach to learning. Using an inquiry-based method, students of all ages are encouraged to develop their visual and analytical skills under the direction of dedicated instructors. In all Barnes courses, students debate, exchange ideas, and engage in the discovery of new ways of seeing and thinking. 


Workshops ranging from 1–4 days include: Vision and Color, An Introduction to Ensembles, Surrealism, Cézanne, and more. Learn more

Semester Courses

Our fall 14-week courses include: Phenomenal Buildings, Matisse: In Color and Light, Art Now!, and more. Learn more

Year-Long Courses

Barnes Certificate Sequence includes: Introduction Visual Literacy, Traditions, and Ensembles. Learn more


To register for courses or workshops, please call 215.278.7300.

Act 48

Through its partnership with the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, Barnes courses can be certified for Act 48 continuing education credits.

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