MoMA Online Courses

If your New Year’s resolution was to learn more about art in 2014, an online course from MoMA might be just the ticket.


Courses range from 5–10 weeks in duration and come in both self-guided and instructor-lead versions. Course materials include videos, readings, and discussion forums. And you can find instruction on modern and contemporary art, collage, materials and techniques, abstract painting, and more.

Also, through January 22, you can get an early bird discount of 20% off the regular price ($99–$280). There’s also a free demo course on Jackson Pollock you can try out to get a sample of MoMA’s online offerings.

Here’s the official description of the course From Pigment to Pixel: Color in Modern and Contemporary Art:

Dive into color and explore its innovations, impact, and uses through an exciting array of works in MoMA’s collection. Curators, educators, and conservators discuss how technological advances and new uses of materials combined with creative experimentation have challenged and expanded ideas of color in painting, sculpture, photography, design, and new media.

Unique behind-the-scenes visits to MoMA’s conservation labs, technical analysis, studio demonstrations, and exercises complement class discussions and enhance understanding of the inventive and provocative uses of color in art and design, from the rational to the exuberant. Artists discussed include Georges-Pierre Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Vasily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Hans Hofmann, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Joe Colombo, Helen Levitt, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, and Pipilotti Rist.

Week 1: Introduction: What Is Color?
Week 2: Symbolism and Pseudoscience
Week 3: Freedom and Spirituality
Week 4: Bauhaus: Relearning Color
Week 5: The Monochrome
Week 6: Plastics and the 1960s
Week 7: Color Photography
Week 8: Color in the Digital Realm

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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