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Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting

Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting

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Experience postwar abstract painting from an artist’s point of view: hands on.


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Item #105399
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Course Description

Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting

Experience postwar abstract painting from an artist’s point of view. This course leads students in a hands-on examination of the materials and techniques that created some of the 20th century’s greatest masterpieces. Two introductory classes cover the basics of preparing a canvas and mixing and applying paint, and each subsequent class focuses on a major artist in MoMA’s collection, using slide lectures, videos shot on location in MoMA’s galleries, and studio demonstrations to enrich understanding. Every week, students will paint a canvas based on the work of an iconic artist from the period—from Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning to Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Combining studio techniques, visual analysis, and art historical insight, the class offers students a unique appreciation of how the materiality of paint and the activity of painting affected the development of abstract art. Students will have assigned readings, and will be given access to a wide range of multimedia educational resources. Students will need to purchase materials and supplies for this course (costs range from $20 to $200, depending on your paint preferences). View the supply list.

This course curriculum is divided into ten parts. Learn at your own pace over a ten week period!

  • Part 1: Introduction to the New York School

  • Part 2: Introduction to Painting Materials and Color Theory

  • Part 3: Barnett Newman

  • Part 4: Robert Ryman

  • Part 5: Willem de Kooning

  • Part 6: Jackson Pollock

  • Part 7: Mark Rothko

  • Part 8: Philip Guston

  • Part 9: Ad Reinhardt

  • Part 10: Frank Stella

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Type Online Course
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Pages 1-3 hours of course work per week