About this Course
This course is designed to help build critical skills that support theme-based teaching practices and build confidence in incorporating modern and contemporary art into interdisciplinary lesson plans. By addressing themes and questions that arise in relation to modern and contemporary art, the course will help you to think creatively about links to your curriculum and the ways that you can tap into students’ knowledge and life experience. In this course, you will explore four themes that educators at The Museum of Modern Art use frequently in their teaching: Places & Spaces, Art & Identity, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society. Through videos, slideshows, and a variety of resources, readings, and activities, you will explore the content and context of works of art in MoMA’s collection. Learners will… - Explore works of modern and contemporary art through a variety of themes that relate to classroom content and student experience. - Hear directly from artists about their ideas and processes. - Learn about the ways that a thematic approach supports interdisciplinary teaching and learning. - Gain exposure to a range of digital resources available for teaching with themes and incorporating content around works of art into your classroom.
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Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study x 2 hours/week, plus 2 hours for final project = 12 hours total
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Subtitles: English, Italian, German
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100% online courses

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Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study x 2 hours/week, plus 2 hours for final project = 12 hours total
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English

Subtitles: English, Italian, German

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
24 minutes to complete

Module 1: Introduction to Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes

Be introduced to some of the overall benefits of studying modern and contemporary art through accessible and relevant themes. Understand that themes allow us to make connections with artworks, classroom content, and students’ lives. Become acquainted with the ways that a thematic approach supports student-centered, interdisciplinary teaching....
Reading
2 videos (Total 4 min), 2 readings
Video2 videos
1.3 Introduction to Teaching with Themes2m
Reading2 readings
1.1 Introduction to Art & Ideas: Teaching With Themes10m
1.4 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 2: Places & Spaces

Discover some of the many ways that artists represent place and take inspiration from their environment. Learn how to engage students with sights and structures that will be familiar to many of them....
Reading
11 videos (Total 24 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
2.3 Teaching with Themes: Places & Spaces2m
2.5 Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 18892m
2.6 Piet Mondrian. Broadway Boogie Woogie. 1942–431m
2.7 Gordon Matta-Clark. Bingo. 19741m
2.8 Andrew Wyeth. Christina's World. 19481m
2.9 Salvador Dalí. The Persistence of Memory. 19311m
2.10 Claude Monet. Water Lilies. 1914–261m
2.11 Rachel Whiteread. Water Tower. 19982m
2.12 Edward Hopper. House By the Railroad. 19251m
2.13 Louis I. Kahn. Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Study for National Assembly Building). 1962–832m
Reading3 readings
2.1 Introduction to Places & Spaces10m
2.4 Slideshow [Mobile-Friendly Version]10m
2.14 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz20m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 3: Art & Identity

Discover some of the ways artists create works of art to express, explore, and question identity. Gain strategies for using works of art to approach the topic of identity with students....
Reading
8 videos (Total 20 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
3.3 Teaching with Themes: Art & Identity3m
3.5 Frida Kahlo. Self-Portait with Cropped Hair. 19402m
3.6 Andy Warhol. Gold Marilyn Monroe. 19621m
3.7 Pablo Picasso. Girl Before a Mirror. 19322m
3.8 Marc Chagall. I and the Village. 19112m
3.9 Henri Matisse. The Red Studio. 19112m
3.10 Rineke Dijkstra. Almerisa series. 1994–20081m
Reading3 readings
3.1 Introduction to Art & Identity10m
3.4 Slideshow [Mobile-Friendly Version]10m
3.11 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz20m

4

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 4: Transforming Everyday Objects

Discover how artists use everyday objects to challenge assumptions about what constitutes art and how it should be made. Explore a variety of artistic and design choices, and the creative acts of inventing and transforming everyday objects. Gain skills for making interdisciplinary connections and fostering students’ critical thinking abilities....
Reading
10 videos (Total 22 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
4.3 Teaching With Themes: Transforming Everyday Objects2m
4.5 Marcel Duchamp. Bicycle Wheel. 19132m
4.5 Robert Rauschenberg. Bed. 19551m
4.6 Meret Oppenheim. Object. 19362m
4.7 Décolletage Plastique Design Team. Bic Cristal® Ballpoint pen. 19502m
4.8 Louise Nevelson. Sky Cathedral. 19581m
4.9 Mike Kelley. Untitled. 19902m
4.10 Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Kinematics Dress. 20131m
4.11 Doris Salcedo. Atrabilious. 1992–931m
Reading3 readings
4.1 Introduction to Transforming Everyday Objects10m
4.4 Slideshow [Mobile-Friendly Version]10m
4.12 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz20m

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Module 5: Art & Society

Explore works of art created in response to the social, cultural, and political issues of their time. Gain a deeper understanding of history and contemporary society. Be encouraged to think critically about world events and how they are depicted. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 28 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
5.3 Teaching with Themes: Art & Society1m
5.5 Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother. 19362m
5.6 Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Untitled (Perfect Lovers). 19911m
5.7 Jacob Lawrence. Migration Series. 1940–412m
5.8 Martha Rosler. House Beautiful (Bringing the War Home). 1967-727m
5.9 Jasper Johns. Flag. 1954-551m
5.10 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Street Dresden. 19081m
5.11 Shahzia Sikander. Candied. 20031m
5.12 Faith Ringgold. American People Series #20: Die. 19673m
Reading4 readings
5.1 Introduction to Art & Society10m
5.4 Slideshow [Mobile-Friendly Version]10m
5.13 Required Reading & Additional Resources10m
Funding & Credits10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By CAFeb 14th 2017

This course was a wonderful and thorough introduction to Modern Art. So insightful and informative! I'd recommend it to anyone! It has definitely enhanced my lesson planning and teaching style.

By ANApr 10th 2018

With no background in Art, I found this course extremely useful. The course is well designed and rigorous. Very good reading material and good ideas to take to a classroom.

Instructor

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Lisa Mazzola

Assistant Director, School and Teacher Programs

About The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Our mission is helping you understand, enjoy, and use the art of our time....

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