basquiat-courseI recently created a new course for Online Arts Education: Jean-Michel Basquiat: His Life and His Art.

This is an academic online course on the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Focusing on Basquiat’s artworks, including his notebooks, this course brings in new perspectives on Basquiat’s place in art and cultural history, taking into context the influences of music TV, comics, art, the cultural history of New York and the art market at that time.

Purchase this course for just $36 and secure your place. It is only available for a limited time.

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Course Overview

  • 6 weeks/lessons of study
  • 3 hours per week/lesson of reading & research
  • Optional Creative Project
  • Self-directed, self-paced study
  • English


Handcrafted Course Delivery

  • Weekly written guidance & prompt questions
  • Video Articles
  • Academic Readings
  • Skills-based self-directed research


Who is this course for?

  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Fans
  • General Interest
  • Academics

About the Course

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an artist who lived a very brief and intense life. He was 15 years old when he roamed the streets of New York with a spray can to paint aphorisms on the walls of buildings and railway carriages. Basquiat did not go to the art academy, learned the skill and started a career as an artist. However, Basquiat knew one thing: he wanted to be rich and famous. He was 3 years old when he started drawing everything that he experienced in his life, and he never stopped. Apart from the focus on his desire, everything around him seemed to line up, the art market, the recent past of the art history, which seemed not very exiting for collectors, and the time in which he was able to perform his art. Up until now, Basquiat, his life, and art still appeal to people in popular culture. This leads to the following questions…..

Who was Jean-Michel Basquiat?

How and why did he create his art?

What exactly was it that made Basquiat so unique as an artist that he is still an important cult-figure today?

This course starts with a short introduction of the New York art scene in the seventies and eighties and an overview of Basquiat’s life. You will also find resources for this course and for wider reading. We continue with Basquiat’s early career as graffiti artist and as musician. We will proceed through Basquiat’s career as painter, the influences on his work and look into his notebooks to gain an understanding of the artist and his work. By the end, it is my wish that we have a clearer sense of the artist Basquiat, his work, and his significance in art and culture.

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