Semester Courses

Art Classes

Summer - Fall 2015 Courses

Matisse: In Color and Light
September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
1–4 pm or 6–9 pm    
Color was an organizing principle in Matisse’s art. “All I thought about was making my colors sing,” he said. Study the range of the artist’s works in the Barnes collection—the radiant Bonheur de vivre, the monumental Dance mural, and his enchanting final paintings on canvas. Through discussions of the formal elements of art, explore how Matisse worked and learn about his unprecedented artistic journey.
$900; members $810

Reserve Section 1 (14pm) or Section 2 (69pm) online or call 215.278.7200.


Ensembles - Third Year
September 1, 2015 (Start of semester course)
11 am–1 pm
Instructor: John Gatti, MFA
The Barnes collection contains a diverse range of objects: paintings, furniture, metalwork, other decorative arts, and more. Albert Barnes arranged them into “ensembles” that invite close looking by creating formal connections across traditional categories. Students deepen their understanding of the design, aesthetic, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations.
$900; members $810 

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


Part I: Informed Perception
Tuesdays, September 1–December 15; no class September 15 and 22 (14 classes) 
Noon–3 pm
Instructor: William Perthes
Having the galleries of the Barnes Foundation as your classroom is an experience you won't soon forget! Informed Perception introduces the concepts and application of the objective method of art analysis through direct engagement. This class provides highly motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves through immersion in our objective approach to the arts. While there are no prerequisites for this course, students should expect a dynamic and rigorous learning experience including required readings, written assignments, and papers.
$750; members $675.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


Part II: Traditions in Art
Tuesdays, September 1–December 15; no class September 15 and 22 (14 classes)
6–9 pm
Instructor: William Perthes
An overview of art as it has developed through history. Includes required readings and written assignments. Completion of Part I: Informed Perception is helpful but not required.
$750; members $675.


Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.