Dear friends, this is a list of free online courses that could be suited for youth art workers. Whether you are looking for new skills or knowledge, ideas or trying to find like-minded people from around the world, these 3 courses are a good starting point.
As a general observation for all of the courses listed you will have to register for an account on the different MOOC platforms. There are a lot of onliune courses out there but we tried to look for courses that have a workload of approximately 3-4 hours/week. There are some minimum technical requirements, meaning that you will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and provides the ability to upload all your assignments. Other than that: enjoy!
Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art
The first course comes from two reputable art and learning institutions: MOMA in collaboration with COURSERA produced “Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art“. This is a free course offered by Moma – The Museum of Modern Art – and thought trough the Cursera online platform.
About the course: “Art can be a powerful catalyst for building skills and understanding a range of subjects. Intended for primary and secondary teachers of all disciplines, Art & Activity builds upon the inquiry-based approaches of Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom, while delving into activity-based strategies that will make your students empowered participants.“
The Syllabus covers:
- Introduction to Art and Activity
- Activities for Analysing and Reflecting
- Activities for Creating, Imagining & Connecting
- Assessment Strategies
One of the best parts about the course it that it is self-paced, with suggested deadlines to help you keep on track. So, no particular date to beginning or enrol. It`s online all the time so you start when you want. Also a great feature is that for the videos subtitles are available in English, Greek, Spanish, Russian, Dutch.
The course can be found at: https://www.coursera.org/learn/art-activity/home/welcome
Storytelling for Change
The second suggested course is Storytelling for Change, taking place from June 21, 2016 – August 17, 2016. The course if offered through the ACUMEN+ platform.
About the course : “Acumen believes that storytelling is an essential tool for changing the way the world tackles poverty because it starts with changing conversations around what we see, hear, feel and know to be true. Change leaders see the world’s potential, and tell powerful stories that inspire action.“
The Syllabus covers:
- Introduction to the Course
- Storytelling and Leadership Presence
- Story Content, Form and Expressiveness
- Getting Ready to Present
- Putting it All Together
- Reflect on how you will continue to develop your Leadership Presence and storytelling skills in the future
The course can be found at: http://plusacumen.org/courses/storytelling-for-change/
Culture and Art Making
Culture and Art Making is an announced online course from the Seoul Institute of the Arts, coming soon. Though not yet fully online it is worth registering to keep an eye on it. the course if offered by Kadenze an online education platform that specialises in the fields of art and creative technology. So you might want to sign up for this course and check out ongoing courses also.
About the course: “This course offers a unique cross-cultural comparative study of creative practice. The class will be conducted in a presentation and discussion format, and is introspective and participatory. Individually, students will share their own art-making and artistic influences across a variety of topics and be asked to examine and articulate what factors shape their values and aesthetics. As part of this, students will also be asked to document aspects of their lives as well as collect examples of art and media. During this five week project, students will be given a theme they will develop into a story. This story will form the basis for an original artwork produced during the class, in any medium the student chooses.“
The Syllabus covers:
- Definitions and Concepts of Culture
- Where do we come from and how are we affected by environment?
- Legends and myths.
- Heroes and Role Models
- Story presentation “Forbidden Love”
The course will be found at: https://www.kadenze.com/courses/culture-and-art-making/info