An Art Lover’s Dream: Become a Student of the Barnes Foundation
Get to know the Barnes Foundation, where you’ll attend Road Scholar exclusive classes, learn about aesthetic principles and explore the works of Impressionist and Modernist masters.
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Program No. 21591RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Henri Matisse once said, “The Barnes Foundation is the only sane place to see art in America.” Established by scientist, entrepreneur and educator Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922, this legendary collection includes one of the world’s largest and finest groups of post-Impressionist and early modern paintings as well as other works of art. With privileged, exclusive access for Road Scholar participants, learn new ways of seeing and thinking about art as you debate and exchange ideas under the leadership of expert instructors.
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On Your Feet
Walking at a slow pace for several hours inside galleries; public transportation used throughout program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Engage in the educational tradition of the Barnes Foundation on a program of discovery focusing on four giants of modern art: Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse and Picasso.
  • Led by a mural artist, enjoy an exploration of Philadelphia’s transformative public art.
  • Enjoy free passes to return to the Barnes within a year of the program date.
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Tish Byrne
An artist and historian, Tish Byrne is passionate about all aspects of her native city and its environment after having lived in and led explorations at the Physick House, which belongs to Philadelphia Landmarks. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts later becoming an administrative assistant to the Director of the school. Presently, she leads excursions for the mural arts program, is a docent at Historic Christ Church and leads explorations of Philadelphia landmarks.
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