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Introduction to Modern Art

Trace the evolution and impact of modern art, and learn how to interpret and critique contemporary artworks.

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Introduction to Modern Art

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  • Introductory level

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Take an artistic journey with Taipei Medical University

Stretching from the turn of the nineteenth century right up to the present day, modern art encompasses a huge range of forms and styles. To understand art today, you need an awareness of its evolution throughout the period.

On this six-week course from Taipei Medical University, you’ll take a journey through the history of modern art. From Romanticism and Expressionism to postmodernism and performance art, you’ll survey the vast range of styles and movements that have helped forge art today.

Trace the evolution and impact of modern art

To put modern art in context and differentiate it from traditional art, the course will start by tracing the evolution of the form.

You’ll learn what movements preceded the arrival of modern art, and how it has evolved over time.

You’ll also explore the impact modern art has had on culture and society since the late nineteenth century.

Examine different forms and styles of modern art

Next, you’ll dig into the different forms and styles encompassed within modern art.

You’ll learn about key movements like Cubism and Surrealism, as well as influential artists including Piet Mondrian, Roy Lichtenstein, Yayoi Kusama, and more.

Consider new directions in contemporary art

The final week of the course will focus on art in the 21st century and the present day.

You’ll consider postmodernism, performance art, and the influence of feminism, discussing where contemporary art might travel in future.

By the end of the six weeks, you’ll have a greater sensitivity to and a greater understanding of modern art.

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  • Week 1

    The Communicative Language of Artists

    • Modern Painting

      Understand the basic elements that constitute art paintings and their composition methods, learn to analyze paintings using different elements, and gain an understanding of the essence of art through the study of art history.

    • Romanticism

      Introduce representative works of Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism, including the central ideas and historical backgrounds of each school.

    • Realism & Impressionists

      By contrasting Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, experience the emotions conveyed in the artworks and identify the differences between the two styles.

  • Week 2

    Evolution of Modern Art Forms

    • Modernism

      Introduce artists from the Renaissance period, and the progression of various artistic movements, including contemporary art issues of concern and perspectives on viewing the world.

    • Expressionism

      Utilize the methods of appreciating paintings introduced in previous courses to apply to the analysis of Fauvism works, and to explore the painting philosophies of the German Expressionist movement.

    • Cubism

      Introduce and analyze the characteristics of Cubism and Synthetic Cubism, including their representative painters and their works, and introduce Synthetic Cubism that incorporates collage techniques.

  • Week 3

    Expression and Impact of Modern Art

    • Artist's Sake

      Appreciate early 20th-century artworks, such as those from Abstractism, Dadaism, Surrealism, and Futurism, and the ideas they convey.

    • Dadaism

      Introduce Dada art and creative art materials, their relevance to social changes, and their impact.

    • Surrealism & Futurism

      Introduce representative artists of Surrealism and Futurism, as well as the ideas and impact expressed in their works.

  • Week 4

    Styles and Diversity in Modern Art

    • Regionalism

      The art movements in America experienced transformations in industry, economy, society, and culture, influencing and inspiring various schools of art.

    • Modernist Painting

      Appreciation of works and experiences of American artists from various schools, and their influence on later art pieces.

    • Conceptual Art

      American Abstract artists' works exhibit styles that reflect life, emotions, and thoughts.

  • Week 5

    Commercial Culture and Art Life

    • American Pop Art

      The influence of Abstract Expressionism on Pop Art and Minimalism will be introduced, including well-known figures of Pop Art, and the connection between Pop Art philosophy and commercial culture.

    • USA Pop Art

      American Pop Art works draw subjects from everyday life, with diverse styles impacting modern art.

    • Minimalism

      Minimalist art features styles and forms akin to industrial products, subverting traditional art.

  • Week 6

    Art in the 21st Century and Postmodernism

    • Post-Modernism(I)

      Post-Modernism challenges art norms, asserting "Anyone can make art" and "Anything can be art." Rooted in Pop Art, it prioritizes concepts, blurring boundaries for contemporary creativity.

    • Post-Modernism(II)

      Photorealism blends traditional and contemporary, using photographs for precision. In the feminist movement, artists challenge norms, expand fine arts, and redefine perspectives for equality.

    • Final Exam

      We learned about modern art in six units and exploring artistic values from various perspectives. We learned to appreciate modern art by integrating historical contexts, understanding to be assessed through a final exam.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply their learned art knowledge to compare the prevailing art in everyday life.
  • Develop confidence on interpretation of an art work, especially the modern art.
  • Discuss artworks after seeing them in art museums or galleries.
  • Report on art style and its uniqueness in class or in public.
  • Explore the contemporary art and form personal opinion on art.
  • Improve art appreciation skills.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about modern art and the movements that helped to forge it.

It will be particularly useful for art students, practising artists, and art collectors or curators.

Who will you learn with?

Jean holds a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New Jersey, USA, majoring in painting. She served as a senior manager at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, responsible for des

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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