Art & Design

Unleash Your Inner Artist, MoMA Just Dropped 8 Free Online Art Courses

By Sammy Preston
16th Apr 2020

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While jetting off to NYC to queue along West 53rd Street for you chance to wander the white halls of MoMA is off the cards for a bit—the legendary museum has found a few ways to bring the art to you in the age of COVID-19.

MoMA is offering virtual tours of its, shall we say, absolutely mind-blowing collection of art—like its current show, Private Lives Public Spaces, which reveals a digitised collection of over 200 home movies from MoMA’s archive. With clips from Salvador Dali and American composer Aaron Copeland in the mix as well as old footage of anonymous families and 60s era New York City, there’s something warm and fuzzy about grainy VHS-style footage. It’s the sort of nostalgia you feel when peering into a photo album or a high school yearbook. It’s worth a virtual view—suss it out here.

And, as well as its Virtual Views programming, MoMA is now hosting a series of eight free online courses.

Maybe you want to study art history at uni—or fashion, or photography. Maybe you just want to be able to answer the age-old question: what actually is contemporary art anyway? MoMA’s new online short courses are here for you.  

In the list of courses is "Fashion as Design", "Post-War Abstract Painting", "Seeing Through Photographs" and "Modern Art and Ideas". And there's one titled "What is Contemporary Art", where you'll investigate more than 70 works of art made between 1980 and the present, with direct commentary from artists, architects, and designers from around the globe. 

Offered via Coursera, the courses range from 16-27 hours to complete, and will be angled at beginners. You'll also be given corresponding reading and exercises to complete too. 

Whether you're keen to test the waters of a full-time art degree, expand on your love of all things contemporary art, or just bring some art speak to your next Zoom hangs, dive on in. More info is here

Prefer something a bit more hands-on? Try these DIY mosaic terracotta pot kits

Image credit: Getty

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