About this Course
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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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Suggested: 1-2 hours per week, plus additional time for optional studio exercises

Approx. 26 hours to complete
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Suggested: 1-2 hours per week, plus additional time for optional studio exercises

Approx. 26 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Introduction

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Reading
6 videos (Total 82 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
1.3 In the Studio: How to Stretch a Canvas22m
1.4 In the Studio: How to Stretch a Large Canvas (Optional)6m
1.5 In the Studio: Priming the Canvas17m
1.6 In the Studio: Oil Paint12m
1.7 In the Studio: Acrylic Paint11m
Reading4 readings
1.1 Introduction to the Course5m
1.8 Supply List10m
1.9 Readings & Resources15m
1.10 Glossary10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction20m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Barnett Newman

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Reading
5 videos (Total 42 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
2.4 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at Onement, I, 19485m
2.5 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at The Wild, 19504m
2.6 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at Vir Heroicus Sublimis, 1950-5112m
2.7 Collector Ben Heller on Vir Heroicus Sublimis, 1950-511m
Reading4 readings
2.1 Introduction to Barnett Newman5m
2.2 Slideshow: A Career in Eight Works15m
2.8 Readings & Resources45m
2.9 Glossary10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Barnett Newman20m

3

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Willem de Kooning

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Reading
5 videos (Total 61 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
3.4 In the Studio: Materials & Techniques of Willem de Kooning Part 229m
3.5 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at Woman I, 1950-529m
3.6 Curator John Elderfield on Excavation, 19501m
3.7 Curator John Elderfield on Pirate (Untitled II), 19811m
Reading4 readings
3.1 Introduction to Willem de Kooning5m
3.2 Slideshow: A Career in Eight Works15m
3.8 Readings & Resources45m
3.9 Glossary10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Willem de Kooning20m

4

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Jackson Pollock

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Reading
10 videos (Total 33 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
4.4 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at The She-Wolf, 19433m
4.5 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at Full Fathom Five, 19473m
4.6 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at One: Number 31, 19504m
4.7 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at Echo: Number 25, 19513m
4.8 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at Easter and the Totem, 19532m
4.9 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at White Light, 19544m
4.10 Curator Ann Temkin on The She-Wolf, 19431m
4.11 Collector Ben Heller on One: Number 31, 19501m
4.12 Curator Ann Temkin on Easter and the Totem, 19531m
Reading4 readings
4.1 Introduction to Jackson Pollock5m
4.2 Slideshow: A Career in Eight Works15m
4.13 Readings & Resourcesm
4.14 Glossary10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Jackson Pollock20m
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Top Reviews

By NNJul 19th 2017

I felt that I learned so much on this course. It gave me a deeper understanding of the works of each artist when I knew more of their process and had the chance to use these skills on my own.

By APMay 17th 2017

Excellent course which taught me how to appreciate abstract paintings. I also learned about some of the prominent painters, techniques and materials of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Instructor

Corey D'Augustine

Art conservator, technical art historian, and artist
Department of Education

About The Museum of Modern Art

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