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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 Martijn d L

Jul 17, 2017

Excellent introductions, great teacher and very motivating course.

Highly recommended!

By Maria E

May 25, 2017

totalmente recomendable. Un curso para sacarle provecho a cada video, a cada lectura.

By Jennifer U

May 28, 2017

Amazing course...I hope this guy teaches more courses!! I would sign up immediately!

By Monica P

Jan 7, 2019

Corey D'Augustine is a great instructor, and the course was very well put together!

By Soheir G

Sep 7, 2020

I learnt a lot from this course and enjoyed it. Everything about it was fantastic.

By Edina S

Jul 12, 2020

Unique art education programme offering both theoretical and practical knowledge!

By Cherie B

Jul 4, 2020

An outstanding experience! Informative, inspiring and engaging. Thank you MOMA.

By Renato S

Aug 17, 2017

just started this course, i think is phenomenal, helsp with techniques and theory

By Kanak K

Aug 2, 2020

Excellent course and superb teacher Corey.Highly recommend this course.Thank you

By Selin P

Jun 18, 2020

it was a great course, I learned a lot, fun a lot and it was really well planed.

By Ayari G

Jul 31, 2017

Excellent! Worth doing all the studio exercises to make the most of the course.

By Elli M

Aug 10, 2017

Amazing course! I learned so much ! I definitely recommend it ! Thank you MOMA!

By Shaun B

Jan 17, 2022

Top Notch! I learned so much, in both knowledge of modern art and art skills.

By Stuart W

Jul 31, 2020

Fantastic instructor and an exceptionally well formulated and presented course

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 Alaa H

Nov 3, 2022

The best art course ever! Very inspiring and educational. Thanks a lot.

By Radwa A

Aug 16, 2020

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