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Coursera: In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

 with  Corey D'Augustine
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.

Syllabus

Introduction


Barnett Newman


Willem de Kooning


Jackson Pollock


Mark Rothko


Agnes Martin


Ad Reinhardt


Yayoi Kusama


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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Subject Art & Design
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Calendar 8 weeks long
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1 review for Coursera's In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

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2 months ago
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Diane Schofield completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Fantastic course. It was so exciting to try all the different artist's techniques.; I learnt so much about my own painting practices and can honestly say it's one of the best courses I've taken. I hadn't painted for 6 years and this course got me back into my studio so I absolutely recommend it to anyone, whether they have painted before or not!
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