MoMA Online Courses

Explore a variety of perspectives and topics related to modern and contemporary art at your own pace. Original materials include films featuring artists, educators, curators and others, along with text, audio, images, and digital resources.

Delve into MoMA’s self-guided online courses or join a larger community of learners in one of MoMA’s free instructor-led Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera.

Here are examples of each option available through the website of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY:


Self-Guided Courses

From Pigment to Pixel: Color in Modern and Contemporary Art

Instructor: Corey D’Augustine

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 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.



MOOCs on Coursera

In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting
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 approaches of seven New York School artists, including Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko.

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