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August 1, 2021


Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The Seine at Argenteuil (detail), 1888. BF126. Public Domain.

Free; registration required

About the Event

Every first Sunday of the month, the Barnes opens its doors to give families free access to the collection and special exhibitions. Explore the Barnes collection and Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint. Bring the whole family for an inspiring experience!

Registration is required, and tickets will not be offered on-site. Please note that our safety guidelines for visitors have changed, in keeping with current guidance from the City of Philadelphia. On-site activities and performances are postponed until further notice.

We also offer at-home activities and inspiration to enjoy all month long. This month, enjoy fun music and art experiences inspired by water.

At-Home Activities and Inspiration

We’re sharing this monthly offering of cultural, creative, and artistic inspiration in one easy place! This August we’re singing in the rain and exploring the ways water influences art in all types of mediums. Activities available through September 4.

Creative Partner

Praveen D. Rao

Praveen D. Rao is a composer and instrumentalist based in Bangalore, India. His song “Ocean Flute” uses percussion, keyboard, and flute to express the journey within the ocean of one’s mind. Watch the performance and go with the flow of music!

Art Experiences

Water in Art

Watercolor Resist
Watercolor is used for drawing as well as painting on paper. Some artists use a “resist” technique with watercolors to add color, texture, and highlights. Watercolor resists are fun for kids to explore! Ages 5–12. Available en Español. Share your creation with #BarnesatHome.

Art: Your Story—Pierre-Auguste Renoir
When painting boating scenes and seascapes, Renoir captured the colors and movement of water in a unique way. Join Barnes educator Jihan Thomas as she dives into Renoir's art techniques and how they express his life experiences.

Barnes Takeout: Zuni Pueblo Water Jar
Break out your sun hat and travel to Santa Fe with Carl Walsh, postdoctoral fellow in the department of research, interpretation, and education. Learn all about the abstract and colorful world of Pueblo ceramics.