Art history

Our art history programme includes western art, Islamic art, Japanese art and the art of the Near East.

There are courses on curation for aspiring practitioners and a host of other art history courses on subjects as diverse as the history of fashion, comic books, urban art and artists' books that can be taken alone, or to complement surveys of periods. You can also study the history of photography, design, video and sound art. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Friday Lates: What is creativity?

    Course Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This lecture explores the idea and practice of creativity from the perspective of art and cultural theory, and looks to determine not only what creativity is but why it is so important for us now and in the future?
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  2. Surrealist Art weekend

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the art and artists of Surrealism from their origins in the political and psychological upheaval of Post-World War I Paris to their widespread influence on 20th century art and culture. #arthistory #Surrealism #shortcourse #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Design evolutions: Arts and Crafts to Art Deco

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the design reform movements – Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco – and analyse a wide range of products, including fashion and textiles, graphics, architecture and furniture. Includes a museum visit.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Key architects you should know

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study significant contributors - including Wren, Pugin, Gaudi and Le Corbusier - to Western architectural styles, from Gothic to postmodern, considering function and materials as well as social, political and cultural contexts. This course includes building visits.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  5. Focus on: the Body in 20th century art

    Course Date: Sun 28 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the representation of body and body-related practices by prominent modern and contemporary artists from the early twentieth century to the present. We study the works within their respective political and social contexts. #arthistory #weekendcourse #modernart #contemporaryart.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Drawing Art History

    Course Date: Fri 2 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the work of art history’s greats from the perspective of drawing to gain a unique insight into the complexities of the artistic practice of artists like Michelangelo, Matisse and Bridget Riley. #arthistory #drawing #draw #britishmuseum #VandA #nationalgallery.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  7. Friday Lates: The Art of Getting Lost - a beginners guide to Psychogeography

    Course Date: Fri 2 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From pub crawls to punk rock, via comic books, action painting and Hegelian philosophy; hear the unlikely tale of the Situationists: international artist-revolutionaries who tried to change the world itself into a work of art. #arthistory #fridaylates #Psychogeography.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  8. The silver age of Spanish art: 1885-1936

    Course Date: Wed 7 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Reflecting a 'silver age' of literature, art in Spain before the Civil war encompasses the modernist genius of Picasso, Juan Gris and Miró; the surrealism of Dalí and the late Impressionism of Joaquín Sorolla. #JoaquinSorolla #dali #joanmiro #picasso #spanishart #arthistory #eveningclass.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the wars

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how art in Europe and America between the wars reacted to the culture of the times. Explore the experimental world of Surrealism, political art and abstract art. #arthistory #modernart #twentiethcenturyart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Focus on: Salvador Dali

    Course Date: Sun 11 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Madman or genius? Discover some of the many projects of the long and multi-faceted career of the artist and

    self-proclaimed master of the paranoiac-critical method, from his personal brand of surrealism to his later 'nuclear mysticism'.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Fakes and forgeries

    Course Date: Wed 14 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the boundaries between fact, fakes and fictions in art, looking at different interpretations of authenticity, through classroom lessons and visits to the National Gallery and the British Museum. #arthistory #fakes #forgeries.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Focus on: Art and Medicine

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the Classical World to the Contemporary what might the sick body in art tell us about cultural beliefs and what it means to be human?
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. The Arts of the Book in the Islamic World

    Course Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study book design and production in the Islamic world. The art of the book is one of the cornerstones of Islamic visual culture, with the role of the Qur’an driving the development of the arts in general. #islamicart #arthistory #weekendcourse #Kitabkhane #artsofthebook #ArabicCalligraphy #IslamicIllumination #MiniaturePainting.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Friday Lates: Poster Art - Print, Pop and Propaganda

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get a snapshot of the eye-catching and colourful world of poster art, from Belle Époque decadence to Avant-Garde dynamism; from Art Nouveau to Atelier Populaire, and the everyday glamour of Pop. #arthistory #fridaylates #posterart #print #propaganda.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  15. A grand day out: the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of paintings, antiquities and decorative arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on this one-day, location-based course.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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