For Immediate Release: Sept. 1, 2018
Contact: Clay Russell, Director of Communications & Operations
601.680.0342 | crussell@PSA-MS.org | www.PSA-MS.org
Join Pike School of Art for “Modern Art & Ideas,” a Free Online Course
McComb, MS — Pike School of Art – Mississippi invites you to participate in “Modern Art & Ideas,” organized by The Museum of Modern Art and available through Coursera. According to Coursera, the five-week course “is designed for anyone who would like to learn more about modern and contemporary art and develop skills for closer looking.”
Between videos, readings and exercises, “Modern Art & Ideas” will require only a few hours each week. Students will have assignments through Coursera, and will be asked to participate in a private Pike School of Art – Mississippi discussion forum to share their thoughts on the course.
Over the next five weeks, you will look at art through a variety of themes: Places & Spaces, Art & Identity, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society. Each week kicks off with a video that connects works of art from The Museum of Modern Art’s collection to the theme. You will hear audio interviews with artists, designers, and curators and learn more about selected works in the additional readings and resources. Throughout this course you will discover how artists: — represent place and take inspiration from their environment, — create works of art to express, explore, and question identity, — use everyday objects to challenge assumptions about what constitutes a work of art and how it should be made, — and respond to the social, cultural, and political issues of their time through works of art. Through the discussion forum prompts and peer review assignment, you will also have the opportunity to connect with other learners and explore how these themes resonate with your own life and experience.
Week 1 — Be introduced to some of the overall benefits of studying modern and contemporary art through accessible and relevant themes.
Week 2 — Discover some of the many ways that artists represent place and take inspiration from their environment.
Week 3 — See how artists create works of art to express, explore, and question identity.
Week 4 — Discover how artists use everyday objects to challenge assumptions about what constitutes art and how it should be made. Explore a variety of artistic and design choices, and the creative acts of inventing and transforming everyday objects.
Week 5 — Explore works of art created in response to the social, cultural, and political issues of their time. Gain a deeper understanding of history and contemporary society. Be encouraged to think critically about world events and how they are depicted.
The course is self-paced, and you may proceed as fast as you wish, but the first deadline is Sept. 16, when the Week 2 quiz must be completed.
HOW TO ENROLL
1) Visit the course link here. Joining Coursera is free.
2) Click “Enroll.” Choose the “FREE” option.
3) Let Pike School of Art – Mississippi know you’re participating! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll reply with a link to your private chat room.
4) You’ll receive a weekly email reminding you to share your thoughts in the PSA chat room.
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