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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. 

Additionally, we are proud to announce our new need-based scholarship program. Seats have been set aside, so we can provide classes at no cost to the widest audience. We encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

 
 
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Art in Context

What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time an object was made? These courses will connect works of art to history, so you can discover the circumstances that shape artists' choices.


 

Modigliani, Pascin, Soutine: Life in Montparnasse

Tuesdays, September 6–December 20 (14 classes)

2–4 PM

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

These three artists were Jewish expatriates living in Paris in the 1920s. They shared a fascination with the studio and café life of Montmartre and Montparnasse and earned a reputation as peintres maudits (cursed painters). Explore their emotional responses to their surroundings and the culture in which they lived and worked. 

Class is full; wait list is full.


Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Homosexuality, and American Modernism

Mondays, September 19–October 17 (4 classes; no class Oct. 3)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Thom Collins, Barnes executive director and president

Members of the circle of artists around photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz, friends Charles Demuth and Marsden Hartley were significant contributors to the first wave of American modernism. Widely regarded for their compelling formal experimentation, they have been little credited for their efforts to make visible the emergent homosexual subculture of the interwar period. This course explores their art—including important examples from the Barnes collection—and careers against the backdrop of gay and lesbian history and visual culture.

$200; members $180


Matisse, Fauvism to the Forties

Tuesdays, October 18–November 8 (4 classes)

11 am–1 pm 

Instructor: Camran Mani, PhD candidate in Art History, Harvard University

Matisse’s paintings often look like straightforward expanses of pure, flat color, but the impression of simplicity is deceptive: he used a great variety of means to achieve his effects. Develop a nuanced understanding of Matisse’s methods and ideas across several decades, discussing how his practice developed over time in relation to aesthetic, social, and political concerns of his day. Fans of Matisse, enemies, and students at all levels of experience with modern art are welcome. 

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


Paul Cézanne in Context

Tuesdays, November 8–November 29 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

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

Look carefully at Cézanne’s oeuvre as represented in the Barnes collection, with two goals: to understand Cézanne’s pictorial choices in the historical context of the 19th century, and to study how writers, philosophers, and art historians—Rilke, Merleau-Ponty, Roger Fry, Albert Barnes, and more recently, T. J. Clark—have used Cézanne to write the histories of modernism since the turn of the last century.

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


Mystery and Exoticism in Rousseau

Mondays, November 28–December 19 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Martha Lucy, Barnes deputy director for education & public programs and curator

Henri Rousseau was a French government employee who taught himself to paint and eventually devoted himself to scenes of dense jungles filled with mysterious creatures. Look closely at several of these pictures, connecting them to France’s rise as a colonial power and to a 19th century fascination with so-called primitive cultures.

$200; members $180

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Understanding Materials and Techniques

These courses will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how art is made, direct from artists and conservators.


 

Materials and Methods of Metalworking

Tuesdays, September 6–27 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

Instructor: Margaret Little, Barnes senior conservator of objects

How were the metal objects at the Barnes Foundation made? Learn about the nature of the material and the fabrication of the metalwork on the walls, the sculptures on pedestals, and the andirons on the floor. 

$200; members $180


The Creative Process

Wednesdays, September 14–October 5 (4 classes)

10 am–noon

Instructor: Peter Paone, artist

Explore the creative process in modern art from cubism to abstract expressionism. Join Barnes Foundation alumnus and artist Peter Paone for a conversation on how creativity, materials, and techniques form a visual language common to all paintings, and learn how to read this visual expression. 

$200; members $180


The Fauve Palette

Tuesdays, October 25–November 15 (4 classes)

6–8 pm

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

In lectures, collection visits, and instructor demonstrations, learn how color theories and painting practices intersected during the fauve movement, especially in the work of Henri Matisse and his American follower Alfred Maurer. 

$200; members $180

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The Barnes Method

These courses spring from the well known teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia. We’ll use works in the collection to get you looking closely at form, structure, and relationships between objects.


 

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne 

MONDAY–Wednesday, august 8–10 (3 CLASSES)

10 AM–4 PM

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

What was it about Cézanne’s painting that inspired contemporaries like Monet and Bonnard, and continues to influence painters today? Analyze Cézanne’s work and draw comparisons with Matisse, Picasso, Braque, and Modigliani.

Class is full; wait list is full.


Ensembles

TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 6–DECEMBER 20 (14 CLASSES)

11 AM–1 PM

Instructor: Molly Walker, MA

Why did Albert Barnes arrange his collection in such unconventional groups, mixing together paintings, decorative arts, and utilitarian objects from different cultures and time periods? Learn about the educational philosophy behind his installation and explore how the works in each group connect to one another. 

$500; members $450


Collections Concentration: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, September 6–December 20 (14 classes)

Noon–3 PM

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

Matisse called Cézanne the “father of us all.” This course traces Cézanne’s development from his earliest works to the Barnes Foundation’s 1906 Large Bathers, completed the year of his death. Participants will explore Cézanne’s use of the traditions of art, his relationship to his contemporaries, and consider his lasting impact on the art that followed.

Class is full; wait list is full.


The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 6–December 20 (14 classes)

6–9 PM

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

One of the oldest forms of expression and communication, art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences. Learn the principles that underlie all art and discover its communicative power—teaching in the galleries allows students to see paintings up close.

Class is full; wait list is full.


John Dewey’s Art as Experience

Wednesdays, September 14–December 7 (12 classes)

6–8 PM

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

In Art as Experience, first published in 1934, Dewey explored the nature of lived experiences, their connection to the learning process, and their role as the source of artistic expression. Dedicated to Albert C. Barnes, Art as Experience is a cornerstone of American pragmatism and aesthetics. Discover how art and life are intertwined through close reading and group discussion.

$350; members $315


Seeing Through a Prism of “Isms”

TUESDAYs, October 18–november 22 (6 CLASSES)

Noon–2 PM

Instructors: Marilyn Bauman, MA, and David Nolan, AFA

Confused by the multiple “-isms” in art history? This course lays out the evolution of artistic styles from impressionism and pointillism to cubism and expressionism. Learn how artists in each movement responded to those before them through close examination of Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Picasso, and Van Gogh.

$250; members $225


Albert Barnes and African American Culture

MonDAYS, OCTOBER 24–NOVEMBER 14 (4 CLASSES)

6–8 PM

Instructor: Kimberly Camp, MSc

Explore Dr. Barnes’s ideas about education, activism, and art in the context of his interest and involvement in black culture of the early 20th century. Discuss larger issues of art and race that are debated among museum professionals.

$200; members $180

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The Barnes-De Mazia Certificate Program

A special track offering an immersion in the Barnes Method and an introduction to other, more contemporary interpretive approaches

Certificate requirements include each of the three classes listed here: The Elements of Art, Collections Concentration, and The Traditions of Art. Then you choose one 4-week class from the Art In Context track and one 4-week class from the Understanding Materials and Techniques track.


 

The Elements of Art

TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 6–DECEMBER 20 (14 CLASSES)

6–9 PM

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

One of the oldest forms of expression and communication, art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences. Learn the principles that underlie all art and discover its communicative power—teaching in the galleries allows students to see paintings up close.

Class is full; wait list is full.


Collections Concentration: The Art of Paul Cézanne

TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 6–DECEMBER 20 (14 CLASSES)

NOON–3 PM

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

Matisse called Cézanne the “father of us all.” This course traces Cézanne’s development from his earliest works to the Barnes Foundation’s 1906 Large Bathers, completed the year of his death. Participants will explore Cézanne’s use of the traditions of art, his relationship to his contemporaries, and consider his lasting impact on the art that followed.

Class is full; wait list is full.


The Traditions of Art

offered spring 2017 (14 CLASSES)

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

Learn how artists creatively borrow from their artistic predecessors. Focusing on important artistic traditions from France, Italy, and the Netherlands, this class explores how artistic traditions influenced one another and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

This class will be offered in spring 2017. Please check back for registration opportunities.