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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 Juana C

Nov 5, 2020

Loved the course. Videos and readings are excellent

By Cerise A

Feb 16, 2020

Fantastic! Really pushed me out of my comfort zone!

By Adrián L

Apr 21, 2018

Really like the course! Waiting for more new stuff.

By Patricia B

Jul 31, 2017

Terrific! this course inspired me to paint again.

By Patricia M C

Jun 1, 2017

Fantastico, falta que tenga subtitulos en español.

By Marcello B B

Apr 22, 2020

Thank you so much for all the great information!!


May 16, 2017

Fascinating and interesting course. Thanks....

By Marilda M

Sep 19, 2021

Adorei participar do curso! Obrigada! Parabéns!

By Francesco R

Apr 13, 2021

Really well organized; a good didactic strategy.

By Dmitry M

Mar 12, 2018

Very interesting, colorfull and inspiring course

By Suzanne H

Jul 21, 2020

Thanks for a great course! thoroughly enjoyed!


Jan 22, 2020

It was great! I learned a lot from this course.

By Мария С

Jan 10, 2020

The most inspiring course! Thanks for your work

By Antonio R M

Aug 14, 2017

Love it and I learned alto I love to paint :-)

By Anastasiia L

Sep 16, 2019

One of the best MOOCs on arts I've ever taken!

By Angela S

Feb 4, 2020

The course was amazing ! I really enjoyed it!

By Spencer E T

Dec 30, 2017

Instructor was very knowledgable and friendly

By Mauree C

May 16, 2020

Well done! in every way! I learned so much!

By Paul W

Jan 14, 2021

Throughly enjoyed the course. Learnt a lot.

By Adrián C R

Jun 6, 2020

Quite interesting to find some inspiration!

By eleni c

Mar 3, 2019

very interesting and well organized course!

By Michela P G

Nov 29, 2017

Very enjoyable!!! I feel I've learnt a lot.

By Julia A V

Nov 21, 2021

Disfrute mucho este curso muy completo!!!!

By Robert F

Aug 23, 2021

inspiring content and teaching techniques