Workshops

Art & Aesthetics

Spring–Summer 2015 Workshops

The Barnes Collection: Painting Practice and a Look Beneath the Surface
Tuesdays, March 10–April 7 (4 classes)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Barbara Buckley, Barnes senior director of conservation
How do the artist's materials affect the appearance of a painting? Led by Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings Barbara Buckley, this workshop explores historic painting materials and techniques with a focus on impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings. Students look closely at paintings in the collection and are introduced to painting media including fresco, egg tempera, oil, and modern synthetic paints. Includes a visit to the Barnes conservation studio.
$300; members $270
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American Artists’ Innovations with Drawing and Color
Mondays, April 20–May 11 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm
Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
American artists returning from studies in Paris implemented the language of 19th-century European masters in new ways. Instead of choosing to continue a rigid emphasis on color or line, American modernists challenged existing definitions of beauty. Artists like William Glackens, Ernest Lawson, Alfred Maurer, and Maurice Prendergast established a visual language that was both gritty and vibrant, like the experience of their urban milieu. Their innovations paved the way towards international recognition of American art.
$300; members $270
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


Museum Additions: Reinventing Architectural Traditions
Tuesdays, April 21–May 12 (4 classes)
Noon–2 pm
Instructor: Grace Ong Yan, PhD
How do architects design additions to historical buildings? Explore how new architecture has been forged from existing structures and traditions. Visit and discuss sites like the Liberty Bell Center, Independence National Historical Park, the Franklin Institute, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and Franklin Court, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including walking tours with the architects and landscape architects who designed them: Venturi Scott Brown Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Saylor Gregg, and Olin Partnership.
$300; members $270
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


Albert Barnes in the Company of Collectors
Tuesdays, April 21–May 12 (4 classes)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Blake Bradford, Bernard C. Watson Director of Education
After 90 years, the Barnes Foundation’s collection continues to be a singular experience. Albert Barnes was not alone, however, in assembling an excellent collection or in engaging modernism. Explore Barnes’s accomplishments alongside those of Katherine Dreier, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Duncan Phillips, and other peers. This course offers a timeline for what was being collected by Barnes and his contemporaries, both individual and institutional.
$300; members $270
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


Ensemble Introduction: Symbol, Metaphor, and Design
Monday and Tuesday, June 15–16 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm
John Gatti, MFA
The Barnes Foundation’s eclectic ensembles combine diverse cultures and art forms. The juxtaposition of different pieces creates multiple levels of interpretation. This two-day workshop guides students through a process of discovery and provides a deeper understanding of the design, aesthetics, and conceptual associations in the gallery installations and ensembles.
$450; members $405
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


Drawing with Scissors: Matisse Cut Paper
Monday and Tuesday, June 22–23 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm
Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA
Henri Matisse remains among the rare artists whose late work was as original, vital, and controversial as their early work. In this two-day workshop, explore Matisse’s unorthodox method of using cut paper.  He originally used this practice to plan his compositions, but eventually developed the technique into finished works of art. Learn more about this fascinating medium as well as discovering your inner Matisse with a hands-on lesson in cut paper design.
$450; members $405
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


Dr. Barnes and the Women Artists of the Barnes Collection
Monday and Tuesday, June 29–30 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm
Instructor: Linda Robinson, MEd
“Why are there so few women artists in the Barnes collection?” This workshop explores, through the lens of the Barnes collection, the history of female artists and their struggle for recognition. Learn about the women artists in the collection, including Mary Cassatt and Marie Laurencin, as well as unheralded female painters from the Renaissance through the modernist era.
$450; members $405
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.


 


 

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