MoMA Is Offering Free Online Art Classes During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Go back to school from the comfort of your own home.
From learning how to bake sourdough bread to spring cleaning your entire home, it seems like everyone is finding creative ways to stay busy at home during the coronavirus pandemic. If you're feeling creative, consider signing up for one of the online art courses from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The museum, which just re-opened in October 2019 after a massive $450 million renovation, is offering free virtual classes through Coursera.
If you're an art teacher wondering how to translate classroom instruction to at-home learning, consider taking MoMA's Art & Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom, which begins today. The class will explore how to integrate works of art into your classroom—whether it be in person or digitally—by using inquiry-based teaching methods often used in museums. Participants who complete the eight-hour class will earn a certificate.
For those who miss dressing up for work every day, sign up for Fashion As Design. "Fashion as Design focuses on a selection of more than 70 garments and accessories from around the world, ranging from kente cloth to jeans to 3D-printed dresses," according to the syllabus. The course looks at what we wear, why we wear it, how it's made, and what it means to cultures around the world.
And if you're someone who asks the big questions like "What Is Contemporary Art?," there's a class for that, too. In this course, you’ll consider this question by reviewing more than 70 works of art made between 1980 and the present, with a focus on art from the past decade. Artwork includes painted portraits, 3-D printed sculptures, video games, and performances.
Other classes include "Modern Art & Ideas," "Seeing Through Photographs," and "In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting." All are taught by MoMA's curatorial staff from departments including photography, architecture and design, film, and media and performance.