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Barnes Art Adventures

Barnes Art Adventures is an interactive educational program livestreaming on Designed by Barnes educators, the program brings art and artists directly to your virtual classroom.

Below, you’ll find links to all six episodes of our spring season, as well as follow-up activities related to each episode.

New Barnes Art Adventures will be available for your school this fall; email us to be included in our mailing list about future episodes.

Ep. 1: Circus Arts at the Barnes

This week, we looked at circus-inspired paintings in the Barnes collection and met a performer from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts!

Watch the episode. (aired May 13, 2020)

In this episode, we talked about:

Charles Demuth’s Two Acrobats in Red Tights and In Vaudeville: Two Acrobat-Jugglers

Georges Rouault’s Acrobat with Two Dogs (Clown)

Pablo Picasso’s Acrobat and Young Harlequin

Now try these activities:

Home-Based Watercolors

Experiment with watercolor to make your own circus figures. Try this easy recipe for homemade watercolors. No paintbrushes? Use an alternative:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Flowers or leaves
  • Cut-up sponges

Watercolor Challenge

Art Classification

Ep. 2: Public Art and Mural Making

In this episode, we looked at public art in Philadelphia as well as large-scale works in the Barnes collection with Taty Hernandez, a teaching artist from Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Watch the episode. (aired May 20, 2020)

In this episode, we talked about:

Henri Matisse’s The Dance

El Greco’s Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth

Now try these activities:

Make a Mural
In this lesson, you'll learn about how abstract artists use rhythm to represent movement and action in their work. Then, follow the steps to make your own miniature mural!

Public Art Poetry
Public art makes our outdoor spaces more beautiful. Philadelphia has so many murals that some call it the City of Murals! Write a poem inspired by your favorite Philly mural from Mural Arts’ website.

Math Messages
Did you know that artworks can communicate hidden math messages? Explore the math and geometry that artists use to create their compositions.

Origami: Math and Art
Challenge your art and math skills by making origami! Follow the steps to fold a paper boat.

Matisse’s Maquettes
Henri Matisse used paper cutouts to create maquettes, or models, of larger artworks. Learn about this method and design a stained glass window from paper.

Ep. 3: The Art of Henri Rousseau

This week, we looked at the art of painter Henri Rousseau and learned how to make and move a tiger puppet with Sebastienne Mundheim from White Box Theatre.

Watch the episode. (aired May 27, 2020)

In this episode, we talked about:

Henri Rousseau’s Study for View of the Pont de Sèvres, Monkeys and Parrot in the Virgin Forest, The Rabbit's Meal, and Scouts Attacked by a Tiger

Now try this activity:

Make a Tiger Puppet ... and Tell a Story

You'll need a piece of recyclable cardboard (such as a cereal box or file folder), scissors, glue, and markers, crayons, or magazines.

  • Draw a tiger like this one on cardboard and cut it out. (You can also print a copy and glue it to the cardboard first.)
  • Color your tiger with markers or crayons, or decorate it with collage by gluing cut strips of magazine pages.
  • Cut out the tiger's front leg at the shoulder; you will use this leg to animate the tiger.
  • Next, bring your tiger to life by creating a Puppet Show Storyboard.

Ep. 4: Movement and Expression

In this episode, we learned about expressing yourself through visual art, movement, and community empowerment with Jennifer Turnbull from Spiral Q.

Watch the episode. (aired June 3, 2020)

In this episode, we talked about:

William James Glackens’s Then We All Went Home

Vincent van Gogh’s Houses and Figure

Paul Cézanne’s Bibémus

Ernest Lawson’s Landscape with Gnarled Trees

Edgar Degas’s Group of Dancers

Amedeo Modigliani’s Jeanne Hébuterne

Honoré Daumier’s The Ribalds

Luigi Settanni’s Figure

Now try these activities:
Express your beliefs through art! What are you passionate about? You can show your community how you feel by creating artworks, dances, plays, or even parades. Here are some lessons to get you inspired:

Ep. 5: Landscape Photography and Painting

Have you ever wanted to be a photographer? This week, we looked at landscape paintings and learned how to capture the beauty of nature using a camera with professional photographer Frank Lee Ruggles.

Watch the episode. (aired June 10, 2020)

In this episode, we talked about:

Paul Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire and The Allée of Chestnut Trees at the Jas de Bouffan

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Montagne Sainte-Victoire

William James Glackens’s Landscape–Factories

Jules Pascin’s Landscape with Figures and Carriage

Qiu Ying’s Two Figures Embracing in Landscape

Claude Monet’s The Studio Boat

Now try these activities:

Landscape Photography Challenge

Try this challenge from our guest artist, landscape photographer Frank Lee Ruggles:

  • Take a photo of a landscape using your phone or another camera. That landscape can be any outdoor space near you—your block, your backyard, a park, or the view from your front step.
  • Try four different views of the same landscape—vertical, horizontal, close-up, and far away.
  • Email us your favorite landscape photo for a chance to be featured on the Barnes’s social media.

Draw a Landscape using One Point Perspective

To create a landscape that looks three-dimensional, you will need to know these terms:

  • Vanishing Point—The place where something moves so far away that it seems to disappear. On a road that has parallel lines, the vanishing point is where the lines seem to meet.
  • Horizon Line—Where the sky meets land or water across a landscape.

Materials: Paper; pencil; ruler; crayons, colored pencils, or markers

  • Step 1: Draw a horizontal line across the top third of the paper—this is your landscape’s horizon line.
  • Step 2: Draw a dot in the middle of the line—this is your vanishing point.
  • Step 3: Draw a road. Use a ruler and pencil to make two lines that start at the bottom of the page and come together at the vanishing point. Make each line wider at the bottom of the paper and thinner as they come together towards the vanishing point.
  • Step 4: Add details on the sides of the road (houses, fences, signs, trees). Use your ruler to make sure their lines also go toward the vanishing point dot. This will make your houses and other details look shorter, smaller, and closer together as they reach the vanishing point—like they’re getting further away.
  • Step 5: Color in your 3-D drawing!

Ep. 6: Still Life: Food and Art

Food is a staple in still life paintings. In this episode, we looked at artworks featuring fruits and other types of food⁠ and talked to chefs from the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center.

Watch the episode. (aired June 17, 2020)

In this episode, we talked about:

Paul Cézanne’s Still Life and Ginger Jar

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Oranges and Bananas, Fruit and Bonbonnière, and Apples, Orange, and Lemon

Now try these activities:

Cook Creatively
Flatbread is a staple food in many cultures’ cuisines. Try out this recipe and learn some food-related vocab.

Write It Out, Flat Out!
Now that you’ve cooked flatbread, make a writing connection. This exercise from the Culinary Literacy Center’s Nourishing Literacy program will have you writing about everything flat.

Still Life in Real Life
Collect objects around the house and assemble them to re-create your favorite still life painting in the Barnes collection. You don’t need to match the objects exactly—be creative and have fun!