Core Programming in the Barnes Foundation Galleries

Having the galleries of the Barnes Foundation as your classroom is an experience you won't soon forget!  The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast, Old Master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia.

Get up close and personal with these works of art in our three-part course series.  Beginning with Part I: Informed Perception, our courses introduce students to the concepts and application of the objective method of art analysis through direct engagement with the arts.  Part II: The Traditions is the second course in our core curriculum program and takes the knowledge and skills learned in the Part I: Informed Perception course and applies this knowledge to art as it has developed through history. Part III: Seminar classes explore specific artists and/or concepts in-depth and students participate in class discussions, prepare and present talks, and engage in personal and group projects that encourage mastery of objective analysis. 

These courses take place in the galleries and classrooms of the Barnes Foundation and students who successfully complete Part I: Informed Perception, Part II: Traditions and one Part III: Seminar courses, are eligible to earn the de Mazia Certificate of Completion.  Click on the links below for specific course information and to register.

Our courses at the Barnes Foundation are eligible for Member Discounts.  For more information about Barnes Foundation Memberships, click here.


Registration is now open for the following programs at the Barnes Foundation:

Part I: Informed Perception

Part II: The Traditions in Art

The Wrath of the Gods: The Art of Prometheus Bound