Chevron Left
Back to In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

Learner Reviews & Feedback for In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting by The Museum of Modern Art

1,353 ratings

About the Course

Want to know how some of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists made abstract paintings? This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques, and thinking of seven New York School artists, including Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko. Through studio demonstrations and gallery walkthroughs, you’ll form a deeper understanding of what a studio practice means and how ideas develop from close looking, and you’ll gain a sensitivity to the physical qualities of paint. Readings and other resources will round out your understanding, providing broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context about the decades after World War II, when these artists were active. The works of art you will explore in this course may also serve as points of departure to make your own abstract paintings. You may choose to participate in the studio exercises, for which you are invited to post images of your own paintings to the discussion boards, or you may choose to complete the course through its quizzes and written assessments only. Learners who wish to participate in the optional studio exercises may need to purchase art supplies. A list of suggested materials is included in the first module. Learning Objectives: Learn about the materials, techniques, and approaches of seven New York School artists who made abstract paintings. Trace the development of each artist’s work and studio practice in relation to broader cultural, intellectual, and historical contexts in the decades after World War II. Hone your visual analysis skills. Use each artist’s works as a point of departure for making your own abstract paintings....

Top reviews


May 22, 2021

Excellent. The course was very educational, extremely well put together and Corey´s instruction was excellent. One really needed to put time and effort into it but is worth every second of time spend.


Jul 25, 2020

Beyond my expectations! Encouraged by in studio where I discovered I could be successful experimenting with all the different artists. The knowledge, insight, and fascinating experience was joyous!

Filter by:

1 - 25 of 592 Reviews for In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

By Callie G

Feb 24, 2019

By Amy S

Oct 3, 2019

By Nikka

Jul 18, 2017

By Karl D G

Apr 17, 2019

By Cheryl K

Feb 18, 2019

By Donald B C

Jun 7, 2020

By Peter R

Jun 19, 2017

By Marie C

May 16, 2020

By Yasmin D

May 17, 2020

By Robert W C

May 27, 2021

By Luis G

Mar 27, 2018

By Maureen W

Apr 13, 2021

By Kate G

Jun 18, 2017

By Diane B

Jul 26, 2020

By Sarrah S

Sep 26, 2021

By Nina M

Jul 27, 2020

By Maura S

Jul 14, 2017

By Catherine F

Feb 22, 2020

By Niki B

May 23, 2020

By Elizabeth M

Nov 5, 2019

By Arvydas G (

Jan 9, 2019

By Luciana A N

Jun 5, 2017

By Gabriela L

Jan 9, 2018

By Felipe M

Jun 8, 2020

By Karen A

Jan 31, 2018