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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....

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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!

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By Cambi M

Feb 19, 2021

Cory did great job. Was perfect balance of studio and historical information.

By Larisa B

Dec 12, 2018

Thx, a lot. I was incredibly enjoying while learning this. I want some more!!

By Abigail R

Apr 3, 2021

Excellent course and unbelievable value for the breadth of content included.

By Jennifer A

Dec 21, 2020

Great. Well organized, clear and interesting approach to learning about art.

By Nathaniel O

Sep 28, 2019

Amazing insights and exposure to artistes work , approaches and techniques.

By Jeffrey S

Jan 18, 2020

Excellent and informative course. One of the best art courses on Coursera.

By Joyce Z

Jul 15, 2017

The content is very rich and I benefit from it a lot! Highly recommend it!

By C S

Apr 21, 2021

This was a very informative, challenging and enjoyable course. Thank you.

By Radwa A

Aug 16, 2020

i'm sure this is the best course ever i have taken.. thank u soo much.

By Charles X

Oct 23, 2017

Great experience with to course. I started like AbEx after the course.

By Khairiyyah S

Jun 12, 2020

I really love this course. Very good for a rookie 'artist' like me :)

By Paul H

Dec 14, 2019

Great course with lots of technical and practical history and advice!

By carolina t

Feb 27, 2018

me gusta mucho este curso lastima que no posee traduccion al español

By Fernando P

Nov 14, 2017

Excellent. Allows us a greater understanding of the New York School.

By Ivona H

Nov 7, 2017

It's an amazing course with the teacher who is experienced and cool!

By stephen M R

Jul 14, 2017

Enjoyed the Course. Picked up some new techniques for my art works

By Renee R

May 28, 2020

Excellent course, excellent teacher. Worth every moment of my time.

By Silvana B

Jun 1, 2020

Es un curso muy bien diseñado, didactico y super completo. GRACIAS

By Bill P

Aug 28, 2018

An amazingly in depth course. I learned far more than anticipated.

By Kostiantyn V

Mar 23, 2017

Perfect course! All topics are revealed in great detail and clear!

By J-Man

Mar 25, 2019

Fantastic DIY examples and a great look at several famous pieces.

By Lieke M

Jun 18, 2018

Really enjoyed the combination of theory and hands-on painting!

By mariusgreb

Nov 9, 2020

Great insights and very comprehensible lectures. Thanks, MOMA!

By Luiza S

Aug 29, 2018

I enjoyed very much the course. Specially the studio exercise.