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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....

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!

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By Sophie f

Sep 6, 2017

Excellent course. Corey D'Augustine was a superb lecturer and coach. Cannot recommend it enough.

By Monica B

Jul 29, 2020

He aprendido mucho de historia, de arte y de muchos artistas. ha sido muy interesante el curso.

By Denis D

Jun 8, 2020

I learnt so much more than I anticipated. It was an insightful and thoroughly enjoyable course.

By Lily V G

Mar 20, 2020

Me encantó el curso ,los pintores escogidos ,y sobre todo las clases de como hacías sus cuadros

By mariam s

Mar 17, 2020

Exceptional course, I learned so much about modern art, I painted and Corey is amazing teacher.

By Hara K

Apr 22, 2022

Very inspiringing, I haveI have learned very interesting things about great Abstract artists!!

By cian

Apr 19, 2017

Excellent all round course and the instruction videos are particularly good. Highly recommend.

By Andrea W

Sep 26, 2020

The instructor was excellent, but I don't like peer reviews. They add nothing to the course.

By Rachel C

Mar 20, 2021

Super, theory and practical. A+ The professor is great! I loved the variety of the material.

By Andrea J

Aug 8, 2020

It was a great course with a lot of practical painting idea and technique. Thank you for it!

By Noelia

May 24, 2020

Thank you for this opportunity, I am thrilled with the class. Professor D'Agustine is great.

By Peter

Jan 16, 2020

I should say this is an excellent online course and well worth us to spend time on. Bravo.

By felipe c h

Mar 7, 2019

Recommended you learn a lot with contemporary painters, I really like congratulations to all

By Rubén M M

Nov 12, 2018

A very interesting course if you are interested in art, painting and abstract expressionism.

By carter t

Feb 1, 2018

Excellent techniques, context, and history. Very interesting and nicely put together course.

By peyman s

Apr 21, 2018

Fantastic insight into many artists I knew very little about & styles that I wasnt aware of

By Martin H

Oct 11, 2017

This is a fun and informative course, especially if you participate in the studio exercises

By Sandy L

Jun 12, 2017

Loved it. Well presented with valuable exercises. I learned a lot and look forward to more.

By Maria M

Jul 20, 2020

Amazing.. Im sad I have no classes left.. I hope there will be more courses like this one.

By Worraporn N

Aug 17, 2021

I get more passion and more understand about abstract from this course a lot , thank you

By Catherine I

May 24, 2017

I liked that the technical aspects were discussed. This was great for me as a beginner!

By Sean S

May 5, 2018

This might have been one of the most interesting art courses I ever took. Really great!

By Meguid E N

Oct 23, 2022

Excellent course combining informative, didactic and interactive learning experiences.

By Evangelia H

Apr 6, 2021

Great course, got familiar with techniques I did not know, very good work by learners.

By Be R s

Dec 4, 2020

great course would definitely like a full list of supplies after every artist lesson