Barnes-de Mazia Education and Outreach Programs

Experience the arts in a more meaningful way by joining us for one of our classes, tours, or talks. Whether you are exploring the arts for the first time or want to enhance and enrich the knowledge you already have, there is a Barnes-de Mazia Education and Outreach Program for you. Discover the satisfaction understanding the arts can bring and the reward of realizing that art and life are inseparable. There are opportunities  available to all, so please join us and experience the arts in a whole new way.

Name Description of Program Information
The Wrath of the Gods: The Art of Prometheus Bound at the Barnes Foundation

In conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens, examine Peter Paul Rubens’s work (particularly Prometheus Bound), the traditions that influenced him, and his influence on artists who followed him. Includes a trip to see the show at the PMA.  

Instructor: Christine Stoughton, PhD

Wednesdays, 9/30/15 - 10/14/15
1 pm–3 pm
$150; members $135

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200

Learning to See at the Abington Art Center

Learn how to look at paintings and sculptures and explore questions of medium and the nature of art in this workshop appropriate for the seasoned art enthusiast as well as the novice. Takes place at Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, PA, with a final visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Instructor: Deborah Krupp, PhD

Thursdays, 10/8/2015 - 11/12/2015
10:30 am-12:30 pm
$125

Reserve online or call 215.887.4882.

A Look at Cezanne at Hershey's Mill

Few artists of the late 19th century continue to engage modern audiences as profoundly as does Paul Cezanne. More than one hundred years after his death in 1905 Cezanne’s works remain fresh and surprising. This four session class will closely explore Cezanne’s artwork, his relationship to the traditions of art, and his influence on the development of modern art. Three classroom sessions will be complimented by an optional tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:00.

Instructor: David Nolan

Wednesdays, 10/7/15 - 10/21/15
6:30-8:30 pm
$100; members $90

Reserve online or call 215-278-7200

 

Appreciating Impressionism Objectively at Hershey's Mill

Dr. Barnes wrote in The Art in Painting: “the movement known as impressionism was more deeply revolutionary than any preceding movement except the departure by Giotto from the traditions of the Middle Ages.” This four-session course will examine the work of impressionism’s originators, study their sources in the traditions, evaluate their methods and techniques, and review their legacy.

Instructor: Marilyn Bauman

Thursdays, 10/29/15 - 11/19/15
1 pm-3 pm
$100; members $90

Reserve online or call 215-278-7200
 

Discovering the Art of American Still Life: From Audubon to Worhol at the Barnes Foundation

Within the genre of American still life painting, there is surprising variety. This course will focus on the discovery of this variety in conjunction with the show Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life being shown at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Includes a trip to see the exhibit at PMA on December 3, 2015.

Instructor: Christine Stoughton, PhD

Thursdays, 11/12/2015 - 12/3/2015
10 am-12 pm
$150; members $135
 
Reserve online or call 215-278-7200
The Art of Sculpture Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden Walking Tour

Explore the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden, on the banks of the Schuylkill River northwest of Boathouse Row. Developed over nearly thirty years, this sculptural landscape offers a wide range of works on a variety of subjects by national and international artists. Tour involves a minimum of walking; parking available below Girard Avenue Bridge on Kelly Drive. Tour meets at Lipchitz sculpture in Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial.  

Guide: David Nolan

Saturday, 9/19/2015
9:45 am–12 noon
$20;  members $18

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200

Center City
Walking Tour

Within a few blocks of Philadelphia’s City Hall, nestled among office and governmental buildings, are clustered works by several of the twentieth century’s most prominent sculptors. This tour will consider the relationship of art and the urban environment, issues of location and its effect on the viewer, as well as public and “semi-private” space. Highlights include Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin (1976) and Jacque Lipchitz’s Government of the People (1976).

Guide: David Nolan
 

Saturday, 10/3/2015
9:45 am-12 noon
$20;   members $18

Reserve online or call 215-278-7200

Old City
Walking Tour

Select buildings of Philadelphia’s Old City will be examined in terms of the aesthetics of each design, of the building’s relationship to other nearby buildings, and the overall plan of downtown Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s built environment offers a wide range of shapes and textures open to creative understanding. Explore the art in architecture of these buildings that create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of Philadelphia.

Guide: Ross Mitchell

Saturday, 10/10/15
9:45 am-12 noon
$20;   members $18
 
Reserve online or call 215-278-7200

The Parkway
Walking Tour

This guided discussion along Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway will examine two prominent modes of public sculpture: the “memorial” and the “pure artwork.” Issues considered on this tour will include the problem of the memorial; representation verses abstraction, and issues surrounding public space. Highlights include Henri Moore’s Three Way Piece Number 1: Points (1964) and Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker (1902 [1925 casting]). Please be advised this tour is in one direction down the Parkway rather than in a loop.

Guide: David Nolan

Saturday, 10/17/15
9:45 am-12 noon
$20;   members $18
 
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The Fountains of Philadelphia

Public fountains have played an integral role in the growth and development of Philadelphia and although their functions have changed, they remain vital to the city’s vibrancy. This tour explores the modes and forms of several of Philadelphia’s iconic public fountains including the Washington Monument Fountain, the reflecting pool of the Rodin Museum, the water table of the Barnes Foundation, the Swann Fountain, and the new Sister Cities fountain in front of the Cathedral and/or the Comcast fountain, with an eye towards their aesthetic and expressive values.

Guide: David Nolan

Saturday, 10/24/15
9:45 am-12 noon
$20;   members $18
 
Reserve online or call 215-278-7200