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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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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...

English

Subtitles: English, Italian, Russian, German

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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....
2 videos (Total 4 min), 2 readings
2 videos
1.3 Introduction to Teaching with Themes2m
2 readings
1.1 Introduction to Art & Ideas: Teaching With Themes10m
1.4 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
Week
2
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....
11 videos (Total 24 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
11 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
3 readings
2.1 Introduction to Places & Spaces10m
2.4 Slideshow10m
2.14 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz20m
Week
3
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....
8 videos (Total 20 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
8 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
3 readings
3.1 Introduction to Art & Identity10m
3.4 Slideshow10m
3.11 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz20m
Week
4
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....
10 videos (Total 22 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
10 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
3 readings
4.1 Introduction to Transforming Everyday Objects10m
4.4 Slideshow10m
4.12 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz20m
Week
5
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. ...
9 videos (Total 27 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
5.3 Teaching with Themes: Art & Society1m
5.5 Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother. 19362m
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
3 readings
5.1 Introduction to Art & Society10m
5.4 Slideshow10m
5.13 Required Reading & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
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
Department of Education

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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