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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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Aprox. 26 horas para completar

Sugerido: 1-2 hours per week, plus additional time for optional studio exercises
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Subtítulos: English
Globe

Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
Beginner Level

Nivel principiante

Clock

Aprox. 26 horas para completar

Sugerido: 1-2 hours per week, plus additional time for optional studio exercises
Comment Dots

English

Subtítulos: 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 exercises
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 exercises
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 exercises
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 & Resources0m
4.14 Glossary10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Jackson Pollock20m

5

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Mark Rothko

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Reading
7 videos (Total 40 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
5.4 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea, 19447m
5.5 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at No. 3/No. 13, 19497m
5.6 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at No. 10, 19508m
5.7 Curator Ann Temkin and the artist's son Christopher Rothko on Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea, 19441m
5.8 The artist's son Christopher Rothko on No. 10, 19501m
5.9 The artist's son Christopher Rothko on No. 16 (Red, Brown, and Black), 19581m
Reading5 readings
5.1 Introduction to Mark Rothko5m
5.2 Slideshow: A Career in Eight Works15m
*Advanced Planning for Module 7: In the Studio: Materials & Techniques of Ad Reinhardt2m
5.9 Readings & Resources20m
5.10 Glossary10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mark Rothko20m

6

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Agnes Martin

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Reading
4 videos (Total 29 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
6.4 A Closer Look at Friendship, 19633m
6.5 A Closer Look at Untitled No. 1, 19812m
6.6 Curator Leah Dickerman on The Tree, 19641m
Reading4 readings
6.1 Introduction to Agnes Martin5m
6.2 Slideshow: A Career in Eight Works15m
6.7 Readings & Resources10m
6.8 Glossary10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Agnes Martin0m

7

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Ad Reinhardt

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Reading
4 videos (Total 37 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
7.4 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at Number 107, 19506m
7.5 In the Galleries: A Closer Look at Abstract Painting, 196310m
7.6 Curator Ann Temkin and Ad Reinhardt on Abstract Painting, 19571m
Reading4 readings
7.1 Introduction to Ad Reinhardt5m
7.2 Slideshow: A Career in Eight Works15m
7.7 Readings & Resources20m
7.8 Glossary10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Ad Reinhardt20m

8

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Yayoi Kusama

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Reading
4 videos (Total 29 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
8.4 A Closer Look at No. F, 19594m
8.5 A Closer Look at Violet Obsession, 19943m
8.6 Curator Laura Hoptman on Accumulation No. 1, 19621m
Reading5 readings
8.1 Introduction to Yayoi Kusama5m
8.2 Slideshow: A Career in Eight Works15m
8.6 Readings & Resources45m
8.7 Glossary10m
Funding & Credits1m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Yayoi Kusama20m
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started a new career after completing these courses
Briefcase

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got a tangible career benefit from this course

Top Reviews

By AWFeb 26th 2018

This course will inform you about painting techniques (trust me, it isn't as simple as it looks!) and improve your ability to think and write critically and concisely about art (it's also fun!).

By BPJul 15th 2017

This is a really amazing course. I've learnt a lot about Abstract Expressionism, but also about visual analysis and work appreciation. I absolutely recommend it. Corey is a brilliant teacher.

Instructor

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Corey D'Augustine

Art conservator, technical art historian, and artist

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