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barnes Classes

Albert C. Barnes believed that art is for everyone. This year, you’ll find we’re offering a greater variety of classes, at a lower cost. 

Scholarships

We now offer need-based scholarships! To make Barnes classes available to the widest audience, we have set aside no-cost seats in every class. Applications will be accepted for our fall 2017 semester beginning in July.

 
 
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Art in Context

Connect works of art to history: what was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time the piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?


 

The Nude in Western Art

Tuesdays, january 24–may 2 (14 classes)

2–4 PM

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

In European art, the unclothed figure has represented everything from idealized beauty to provocative sexuality. Cézanne, Courbet, Degas, Matisse, Modigliani, Poussin, and Puvis de Chavannes all devoted major canvases to the female nude. Studying figure paintings at the Barnes and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, learn why this has been such a major preoccupation for artists throughout history. Topics of discussion include public reaction to the nude, the artist’s intentions, and the relationship between artist and model.

$500; members $450

Class is full; wait list is closed.


Where Paintings and Walls Meet

tuesdays, february 7–28 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Matthew Palczynski, PhD

In the mid-20th century, several important projects combining architecture and pictorial imagery took shape in the United States. With key works in mind—Henri Matisse’s The Dance, Mark Rothko’s Seagram and Houston commissions, and quasi-architectural canvases by the likes of Jackson Pollock and Ellsworth Kelly—we’ll investigate how and why so many prominent modern painters sought to merge paintings and architecture.

$200; members $180


Persons of Interest: A History of Performance Art

mondays, february 6–march 6 (4 classes)

6–8 pm 

Instructor: Matthew Feliz, PhD

In performance art, which emerged in the 1960s, the primary medium is the human body. Learn the history of the genre and explore how it has informed the work of a wide range of other 20th-century artists. Through lectures and visits to the exhibition Person of the Crowd, consider the formal and conceptual strategies developed by artists from Marcel Duchamp to Marina Abramović. 

$200; members $180


Native North American Art

mondays, march 13–april 3 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Lucy Fowler Williams, associate curator, Penn Museum

In the early 20th century, southwestern Native American art held a special attraction for American collectors, including Albert Barnes. Traveling to New Mexico in 1930, Barnes was enchanted by the Pueblo ceremonial dances and purchased numerous pieces for his collection. Through exploration of Pueblo ceramic water jars, colorful geometric Navajo blankets, hand-wrought silver and turquoise concho belts, and squash-blossom necklaces in the Barnes collection, this course introduces the cultural and artistic roots of the southwestern Santa Fe style, contextualizes Native American influences on modern art, and explores the living legacies of Native American art.

$200; members $180

Class is full; wait list is closed.


Detour: Histories of Urban Wandering

Mondays, april 17–may 8 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Paul Farber, PhD

Artists, scholars, and participants in civic life have long considered the proper vantage points to grasp the complexity of urban living. In addition to technologies that accelerate or augment experiences in cities, walking remains a singular form of urban exploration. Read short literary and historical essays by leading theorists/practitioners of urban walking (including Walter Benjamin, Michel de Certeau, and Rebecca Solnit) and explore the Person of the Crowd exhibition.

$200; members $180


Cézanne in Dialogue: Courbet, Manet, Monet, Matisse

tuesdays, april 18–may 9 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, professor emerita of art history, University of Delaware; editor-in-chief, The Art Bulletin

A series of lectures about the relationships—personal and artistic—between Cézanne and four leading figures of the Paris avant-garde in the second half of the 19th century. Cézanne, Courbet, Manet, and Monet knew each other beginning in the 1860s, when Cézanne moved from Aix-en-Provence to Paris. The younger Matisse was an art student at the time of Cézanne’s celebrated 1895 retrospective in Vollard’s gallery.

$200; members $180

Class is full; wait list is closed.


Matisse and Modernism

tuesdays, april 18–may 9 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Margaret Werth, associate professor, University of Delaware

Study Matisse's early work to the end of the 1910s in the context of modernism, including artists such  as Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh, who are richly represented in the Barnes collection. Comparisons of works by Matisse with pieces by his precursors and rivals reveal important dimensions of his art and its historical context.

$200; members $180

Class is full; wait list is closed.


Matisse and Picasso

tuesday and wednesday, august 8 and 9 (2 classes)

10 am–4 pm

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

Explore the fascinating relationship that Yve-Alain Bois referred to as a “complicated tango” between the two giants of 20th-century art. From their notorious first meeting at the Steins’, Matisse and Picasso inspired, provoked, and challenged each other to push boundaries.

$300; members $270

Class is full; wait list is closed.

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Understanding Materials and Techniques

Learn from conservators and practicing artists the physical aspects of how art is made.


 

The Decisions Artists Make

tuesdays, february 7–28 (4 classes)

11 am–1 pm

Instructor: Christine Stoughton, PhD

How do artists create? What decisions do they make as they engage in the artistic process, and why? How do these decisions affect the viewer’s experience? Through lively discussions in the Collection Gallery, this class helps answer these questions. 

$200; members $180

This class is full; to be wait-listed, email education@barnesfoundation.org.

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The Barnes Method

Courses derived from the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia, focusing on rigorous close looking and analysis.


 

The Elements of Art

tuesdays, january 24–may 2 (14 CLASSES)

noon–3 PM

Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics

Learn the Barnes-de Mazia method of analyzing and appreciating visual art, and explore the relationship between art and daily life. Hone your power of perception and learn to better communicate your visual experiences.

$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475 (3 credits)

Class is full; wait list is closed.


The Roots of Modernism: Impressionism and Beyond

tuesdays, january 24–may 2 (14 CLASSES)

1–3 PM

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MA

What impact did Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir have on Helen Frankenthaler, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock? Through careful analysis of works in the Barnes collection, learn about the development of modern painting that began in the late 19th century.  

$500; members $450

Class is full; wait list is closed.


The Traditions of Art

section 1: Mondays, January 23May 8 (14 classes)

section 2: tuesdays, January 24May 2 (14 classes)

6–9 PM

Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics

Art is a visual record of the perceptions of artists throughout time. Focusing primarily on developments in Western European art, this class explores how traditions influence and affect one another, how artists learn from and adopt those traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475 (3 credits)

Section 2 of this class is full; wait list is closed.


A Practical Approach to Art

mondays, january 30–march 13 (6 classes)

6–8 PM

Instructor: Richard Wattenmaker, former director of the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution

An introduction to the Foundation’s history, collection, and Dr. Barnes’s objective approach to art education. Wattenmaker is a widely recognized authority on late 19th- and early 20th-century modern art and the author of American Paintings and Works on Paper in the Barnes Foundation. His early experiences studying at the Barnes have shaped and directed his life of research and writing.

$250; members $225

This class is full; to be wait-listed, email education@barnesfoundation.org.


Exploring Pictorial Space: From Giotto to Cézanne

tuesdays, march 7–28 (4 classes)

11 am–1 PM

Instructor: Deborah Krupp, PhD

Find out why Giotto and Cézanne are both called “the father of modern art.” Working centuries apart, they both opened up new ways of thinking about how three-dimensional space could be represented on a flat canvas, and how human figures might inhabit that space.

$200; members $180

Class is full; wait list is closed.


Close Looking and Meditation

monDAYs, march 13–april 3 (4 CLASSES)

6–8 PM

Instructor: Molly Walker, MA

Based on secular mindfulness and Buddhist practices, these four sessions encourage moments of wakefulness through close looking at art. Learn how to slow down, become less reactive, and be more observant and compassionate. We may also experience moments of remembered pain, pleasure, and judgment. Practice applying concentration skills and conversation during class to deepen appreciation of art in the collectionand of life itself.

$200; members $180


Through the Artist's Eyes

TuesDAY, June 6

10 am–4 PM

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

In The Art in Painting, Albert Barnes said that “the artist must open our eyes to what unaided we could not see . . . to appreciate a painting, poem or symphony, we must reconstruct his experience, so far as we are able, in ourselves.” Join us for a discussion focusing on the artistic process from the initial concept to the choice of materials.

$150; members $135

Class is full; wait list is closed.


The Living Still Life

tuesday, june 13

10 am–4 PM

Instructor: Christine Stoughton, PhD

We all have material objects that hold special meaning for us. Explore how artists have depicted these objects, considering their own vision and the time when they lived and created, and learn how still life went from playing a supporting role in Renaissance paintings to becoming an important genre in contemporary art.

$150; members $135


Decoding Barnes's Ensembles

tuesday, july 18

10 am–4 PM

Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics

In arranging his collection, Albert Barnes disrupted traditional historical and geographic categories to focus on the commonalities between fine art and everyday objects. Designed as teaching tools, these ensembles are both enigmatic and enlightening. This workshop is a concentrated exploration of the themes and ideas embodied in Barnes’s ensembles.

$150; members $135


The Intensive Practice of Meditation and Close Looking

tuesday, august 15

10 am–4 PM

Instructor: Molly Walker, MA

A daylong immersion in close looking and meditation. Bring a lunch, wear comfortable clothes for walking meditation, and enjoy a short garden tour on the Parkway. Learn to observe more clearly and with less judgment. Enjoy the quiet experience of looking at a work of art, bringing Albert Barnes’s concepts of formalism (color, light, line, and space) to bear, and then sharing your insights with other attendees.

$150; members $135

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The Barnes-De Mazia Certificate Program

A special track offering an immersion in the Barnes-de Mazia objective method and an introduction to other, more contemporary interpretive approaches.

Certificate requirements:

  • The Elements of Art (14 weeks)in Category I
  • The Traditions of Art (14 weeks)in Category I
  • Collections Concentration (14 weeks)in Category I (offered in the fall)
  • one 4-week class from Category II
  • one 4-week class from Category III

 

The Elements of Art

tuesdays, january 24–may 2 (14 CLASSES)

noon–3 PM

Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics

Learn the Barnes-de Mazia method of analyzing and appreciating visual art, and explore the relationship between art and daily life. Hone your power of perception and learn to better communicate your visual experiences.

$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475 (3 credits)

Class is full; wait list is closed.


The Traditions of Art

section 1: Mondays, January 23May 8 (14 classes)

section 2: tuesdays, January 24May 2 (14 classes)

6–9 PM

Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics

Art is a visual record of the perceptions of artists throughout time. Focusing primarily on developments in Western European art, this class explores how traditions influence and affect one another, how artists learn from and adopt those traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475 (3 credits)

Section 2 of this class is full; wait list is closed.


Collections Concentration

offered in fall 2017

Instructor: William Perthes, Barnes senior instructor for art and aesthetics

Collections Concentration is a revolving roster of classes focused on specific aspects of the Foundation’s collection. Topics range from the work of individual artists such as Paul Cézanne or Henri Matisse to the distinctive Barnes Ensembles, modernism, or American arts. Collections Concentration is also designed to strengthen participants’ understanding and use of the objective method of art analysis.