Adult Programs


Drawing Kuerner Farm workshop

September 6, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 6, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This workshop, led by associate educator and artist Jane Chesson, is open to all levels and will include individualized instruction and guidance. Drawing materials will be provided. Participants will meet at the Museum. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors; covered areas will be used in case of rain. Workshop cost is $30; members, $24. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

The Art of Charles Burchfield lecture

September 10, 6 p.m.

Burchfield has been identified as a naturalist, realist, modernist, romantic, synesthete, and transcendentalist—all with equal validity.  He broke all the rules of traditional watercolor painting, pioneering techniques and inventing methods for conveying emotions and symbolizing sounds. Enjoy a lecture presented by Nancy Weekly, Head of Collections and Charles Cary Rumsey Curator at the Burchfield Penny Art Center in Buffalo, NY, who will discuss the many facets of the artist. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20; members, $15.  Tickets available after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Preserving the Bridges lecture

September 16, 7 p.m.

Enjoy a fascinating lecture by Dale Frens of Frens and Frens restoration architecture firm and Frank Stroik of the Country Homestead, detailing their recent restoration of the two historic covered bridges in the Laurels Preserve. The restoration was funded by generous contributions from private donors and a matching grant from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation. The Museum will be open from 6 to 7 p.m.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Charles Burchfield's Exalted Nature tour and program

September 17, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Experience nature through the eyes of artist Charles Burchfield.  The day begins with a guided tour of the exhibition, Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles E. Burchfield. Following lunch in the Museum’s scenic café, the class continues with a guided tour of Mt. Cuba Center, focusing on native plants and natural settings whose visual qualities suggest Burchfield’s work. The class will be team-taught by Audrey Lewis, associate curator at Brandywine, and Eileen Boyle, director of education and research at Mt. Cuba Center. The cost is $40; members, $32 and includes guided tours and lunch. Rain date is September 18. Tickets available after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.

For the Mt. Cuba tour, participants should wear comfortable outdoor walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Directions will be provided for driving to Mt. Cuba from the Museum.  


Art Class with Karl J. Kuerner

Tuesdays, September 23 to November 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturdays, September 27 to November 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Noted Chadds Ford artist Karl J. Kuerner will teach a series of classes at the Kuerner Farm. As the grandson of two of Andrew Wyeth's best-known subjects and a student of Carolyn Wyeth, Karl's personal experiences with the farm provide special insight into the property and its rich history. Participants will provide art materials of their own choosing, and should dress appropriately for working outdoors. The first class will begin at the Museum. Cost is $250; members, $200. Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.


 
Capturing the Barns-Brinton House on Canvas lecture

September 27, 2 p.m.

Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will introduce and discuss several paintings depicting this historic home in Chadds Ford. The Barns-Brinton House has been standing on its spot on US Route 1 for 300 years, rescued from demolition and restore by the Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS). Following the lecture, members of the CFHS will serve complimentary tea and cookies. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


Photo: Steve Riskind

Music on the Brandywine concert

October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Violinist Nikki Chooi has been described as “a model of taste and tonal refinement” (The Boston Globe) and “vigorous and colorful”(The New York Times). He began violin studies at the age of four in his native Canada. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Chooi received the Milka Violin Artist Prize. He currently studies at The Juilliard School of Music. As the winner of a Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition, he currently performs on a 1700 “Taft” Stradivari violin.

Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for students through September 29. After September 29 ticket prices are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for students.  Full bar and small plate offerings available for purchase. Tickets available after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


 
Discover Brandywine walk

October 11, 1 to 3 p.m.

Challenge your observational skills while discovering new ways of engaging with the environment. Join artist Matthew Jensen on a walking exploration of the local landscape that inspired his installation. The walk will begin include the option of recording findings through sketching or photography. Rain or shine. Participants should be prepared to walk a mile or more over uneven terrain. Program is appropriate for adults or teens. Group size is limited. Cost is $12 for members and students and $15 for adults. Register after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Curator's Tour of the Exalted Nature exhibition

October 15, 2 p.m.

October 19, 1 p.m.

Join Audrey Lewis, associate curator, for a tour of Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

American Transcendentalism and the Natural World lecture

October 29, 6 p.m.

Why have so many artists, including Charles Burchfield and N.C. Wyeth, been influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson? Professor Ashton Nichols will discuss Transcendentalism and its significant influence on American culture. Nichols is the Walter E. Beach ‘56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies and a Professor of Language and Literature at Dickinson College. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. and a reception to follow. Cost is $20; members, $15.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Seeing Sounds with Charles Burchfield gallery talk

Wednesday, November 5, 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 2 p.m.

Walk through the Exalted Nature exhibition with Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, as she discusses Charles Burchfield’s painted representations of non-visual aspects of the landscape. Just as Burchfield “saw” the sounds of nature, we can “listen” to his watercolors. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait

lecture and book signing

Thursday, November 6, 6 p.m.

This new book traces the rich vein of history in the region, from original European settlement to the Battle of the Brandywine—the largest land battle of the Revolutionary War—to the establishment of First State National Monument on its banks in 2013. Available in the museum shop and online, the book is richly illustrated with seldom-seen historical photographs, paintings and drawings.

Author W. Barksdale Maynard will discuss this fascinating story in an illustrated talk followed by a book signing and reception. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $15; non-members, $20.


 
Matthew Jensen Artist Talk

Saturday, November 8, 2 p.m.

The artist will discuss his installation and how he uses photography, walking and collection building to reinvent the way landscape is represented and understood.  Free for members and included in Museum admission.


credit: Greg Barrett

Music on the Brandywine concert

November 13, 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Andrea Lam will perform. Lam was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn competition and has degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for students through November 10. After November 10, ticket prices are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for students.  Full bar and small plate offerings available for purchase. Tickets available after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.



Adult Group Tours
Guided tours are available on weekdays for groups of ten or more. See Group Tours for scheduling information.



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