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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 dedicated no-cost seats in every class (even those classes marked as full). Applications are now being accepted for classes offered from September to December 2017. The deadline to submit your scholarship application is Sunday, August 20. 

 
 
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Art in Context

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


 

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

Registration is now closed.


Native North American Art

mondays, september 11–october 9 (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 art pieces for his collection. Inspired by the 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 material culture.

$200; members $180

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

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


Women Artists through the Lens of History

tuesdays, september 12–december 19 (14 classes)

11 am–1 pm

Instructor: Linda Robinson, MA

Why are women artists underrepresented in museum collections? Learn how the socioeconomic conditions of the times suppressed the creativity of talented women from the 15th century onward. Sometimes female artists faced threats to their own safety; more often, they endured social and familial censure. Explore the obstacles confronted even by the 20th-century women whose paintings hang in the Barnes collection.

$500; members $450

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

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


Matisse: In Color and Light

tuesdays, september 12–december 19 (14 classes)

6–9 pm 

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

“Working before a soul-stirring landscape,” Henri Matisse wrote, “all I thought about was making my colors sing” (Pierre Schneider, Matisse). And sing they did. Matisse presented the world with color of dazzling brilliance, and fauvism was only the beginning of his explorations. Join us as we study Matisse’s extraordinary life, which itself followed a trajectory from darkness into light and color. Explore the Barnes Foundation’s 59 works by Matisse, including the radiant Le Bonheur de vivre, the monumental Dance mural, and the enchanting final paintings on canvas.  

$500; members $450

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

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


Les artistes et leur musées sur la Côte d'Azur*

tuesdays, september 12–october 10 (4 classes)

11 am–1 pm

Instructor: Barbara F. Freed, PhD

Ce cours examine la vie et le travail des grands artistes du XXe siècle—Chagall, Cocteau, Léger, Matisse, Picasso, et Renoir—dont les noms sont associés à l'art du Riviera, de Menton à St. Tropez, de Biot à Vence. Le cours se concentre sur les histoires personnelles des artistes, sur ce qui les a attirés dans la région, sur leurs interactions et leurs influences les uns sur les autres ainsi que la manière dont les musées et les monuments qui célèbrent leur travail ont été appropriés ou créés.

*This class will be taught in French and is intended for those fluent in French or wishing to improve their language proficiency in the context of art.

$200; members $180

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

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


Abstract Expressionism

mondays, september 18–october 16 (4 classes)

6–8 PM

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

Abstract expressionism was the first “American” movement to gain international recognition. This four-session class surveys important artists and works from this movement and considers the ways in which its development was influenced by the Barnes Foundation and by artists represented in the collection.

$200; members $180


Early 20th-Century Art and Music

Mondays, october 23–november 13 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructors: Martha Lucy, deputy director for education and public programs and curator, Robert Whalen, public programs manager, and Katherine Skovira, public programs coordinator

In the early 20th century, artists like Matisse and Picasso exploded traditional vocabularies for painting. They combined colors in jarring ways, rendered objects from multiple perspectives at once, and embraced ambiguity. In music, meanwhile, composers  explored unconventional harmonies and introduced kaleidoscopic, often “primitive”-sounding rhythms. In this course co-taught by an art historian and two classically trained musicians, you will analyze the relationships between early modern painting and music. Learn to hear atonality in music as you look at it in painting, think about “open” musical space in relation to cubism, and understand why Matisse thought of his color combinations as “chords.”

$200; members $180

Class is full; wait list is closed.

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


Kiefer in Context

mondays, november 20–december 11 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Lisa Saltzman, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities and professor and chair of history of art, Bryn Mawr College

How might we approach the work of postwar German artist Anselm Kiefer? Animated by pieces in the Kiefer Rodin exhibition and anchored by an immersion in the artist’s wide-ranging sources and subjects, this seminar will equip participants to engage Kiefer’s work in all its aesthetic, historical, philosophical, and material complexity.

$200; members $180

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

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


Impressionism at the Barnes

mondays, november 20–december 11 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: André Dombrowski, associate professor of art history, University of Pennsylvania

Impressionism opened the pictorial field to light reflection, vibrant color, the rapid glance, the modern subject, and, perhaps most famously, the material qualities of painting itself. This course will survey the movement’s stylistic innovations, contexts, and major proponents—Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Degas, among others—from the 1860s to the 1890s through the unparalleled lens of Albert Barnes's collection of impressionist painting.

$200; members $180

Class is full; wait list is closed.

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


The Art of Sculpture

Tuesdays, November 21–December 12 (4 classes)

2–4 pm

Instructor: Suzanne Glover Lindsay, adjunct associate professor in the history of art, University of Pennsylvania

Through the Kiefer Rodin exhibition, which presents one artistic titan’s homage to an earlier one, we gain a unique opportunity to explore an art form that appears throughout the Barnes collection. Investigate the myths about sculpture’s supernatural origins and powers and the special properties and language that make the medium so distinct from painting. Consider how the works of Kiefer and Rodin can be so much a part of their respective eras yet so akin to each other.

$200; members $180

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

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.

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Understanding Materials and Techniques

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


 

Sculpture from the Inside Out: The Techniques of Sculpture

saturdays, september 9–30 (4 classes)

11 am–1 pm

Instructor: Margaret A. Little, Senior Conservator of Objects

Join us for an exploration of the rich variety of sculpture, and learn the techniques behind its construction. Discover the methods of fabricating sculpture by examining the work of artists who use different mediums, with a special focus on examples from the Barnes collection. The class will be augmented by a visit to the sculpture studios at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

$200; members $180


The Foundations of Drawing

tuesdays, september 19–october 17 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Al Gury, chair of painting, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Drawing is the primary language of art. Examine the styles, history, and practice of drawing by artists represented in the collection. Each session will include a lecture on the history of drawing, demonstrations of drawing techniques, hands-on exercises, and guided visits to the galleries to look at examples firsthand. No drawing experience is required.

$200; members $180


Making Visible: The Color of the Creative Act

tuesdays, october 24–november 14 (4 classes)

11 am–1 pm

Instructor: Moe Brooker, professor emeritus, Moore College of Art & Design

Join us as we explore the challenges that artists face as they initiate the creative process. Analyze the key steps that impact and shape both the starting point and, ultimately, the end result of the creation of a work of art. Every expressive gesture on the canvas is intimately related to what preceded it—and to what follows. Discussions will be illustrated by viewing works in the collection, as well as the work of contemporary artists.

$200; members $180

Class is full; wait list is closed.

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.

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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 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


The Traditions of Art

tuesdays, september 12–december 19 (14 CLASSES)

noon–3 PM

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

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

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

Class is full; wait list is closed.

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


Collections Concentration: American Art in the Barnes Foundation

tuesdays, september 12–december 19 (14 CLASSES)

6–9 PM

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

The Barnes Foundation contains a diverse collection of American art, including paintings, furniture, pottery, ceramics, and textiles that span several traditions. Explore the many manifestations of American arts at the Barnes—with a focus on varieties of aesthetic expression and a broader understanding of what is “American” about American art.

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

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

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


Decoding Barnes's Ensembles

Mondays, september 25december 18 (12 classes)

6–8 PM

Instructor: Molly Walker, MA

Learn to better understand Dr. Barnes’s unusual wall groupings, known as “ensembles.” An early example of installation art before the term existed, the groupings include art from multiple cultures, periods, and mediums placed together by Barnes to stimulate the viewer’s ability to see connections between diverse objects. Review the formal elements of light, line, color, and space and learn about John Dewey’s influence on Barnes. Consider the cultural context in which the artists were chosen, and explore the ways current installation artists encourage the same out-of-the-box looking.

$350; members $315


Learning to See

tuesdays, september 12–october 24 (6 classes)

2–4 PM

Instructor: Deborah Krupp, PhD

Learn to see and better appreciate paintings. In a contemporary art world filled with conceptual art and installations, why do paintings continue to hold our interest? What do paintings have in common with sculpture, music, or poetry? Explore these questions and begin to experience the arts in a new and fresh way. This short course is appropriate for both the seasoned art enthusiast and the novice.

$250; members $225

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

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


The Art of Paul Cézanne

TuesDAYs, october 31–december 5 (6 classes)

2–4 PM

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

Paul Cézanne left a lasting impact on the art of the 20th century. What was it about Cézanne’s painting that inspired generations of artists? Immerse yourself in the Barnes collection and analyze Cézanne’s paintings alongside the work of Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani. Through the process of close looking, gain a better understanding of why Cézanne continues to be so influential for artists today.

$250; members $225

Class is full; wait list is closed.

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.

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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 (offered in spring 2018)
  • The Traditions of Art (14 weeks)in Category I
  • Collections Concentration (14 weeks)in Category I
  • one 4-week class from Category II
  • one 4-week class from Category III

 

The Traditions of Art

tuesdays, september 12–december 19 (14 CLASSES)

noon–3 PM

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

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

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

Class is full; wait list is closed.

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


Collections Concentration: American Art in the Barnes Foundation

tuesdays, september 12–december 19 (14 CLASSES)

6–9 PM

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

The Barnes Foundation contains a diverse collection of American art, including paintings, furniture, pottery, ceramics, and textiles that span several traditions. Explore the many manifestations of American arts at the Barnes—with a focus on varieties of aesthetic expression and a broader understanding of what is “American” about American art.

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

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

Scholarship applications are still being accepted for this class.


The Elements of Art

This class will be offered in spring 2018

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.