Art history

Are you interested in art history and how to interpret art? Then why not browse our range of art history courses and choose from introductory courses, or explore further into practices, debates and discover the work of some of the greatest artists of all time. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available at our main learning centre in London's cultural heart - Covent Garden.

Contact us to find out more about art history - call 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm or email [email protected].

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  1. Manuscripts and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the techniques and styles used in producing manuscripts, from their earliest appearance to the 16th century. We'll consider the ways in which manuscripts were used and ask why such lavish attention was paid to them. Includes a visit to the British Library. Tutor: Dr Richard Plant #arthistory #manuscripts #illumination #historyofthebook.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. The small early Christian basilica of Philippopolis, Plovdiv Bulgaria, 5th Century CE (Photo: Vladislav Nedelev) - This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

    In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sources of early Christian images in depth. We'll consider the main developments, and the motivations behind their origins. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. Contemporary art in London

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Examine and discuss art on show in London. Each week we’ll visit a commercial gallery or public institution and examine specific exhibitions or paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Islamic Art in the medieval world

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A course examining the formation and development of Islamic Art and Design; looking at the role of ideology and patronage, and the key influences that went into its development and evolution.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance - Leonardo da Vinci

    The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When, where and what was the Italian Renaissance? Explore it through the craft of its masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others and trace its legacy.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. The interior of Casa Batllò, Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudí in 1904 -This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

    20th Century Spanish art and culture

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the development of Spanish art from the aftermath of Spain's 1898 defeat in the Spanish-American War through dictatorship to democracy at the end of the 20th century. We will focus on key episodes highlighting the contribution of Spanish artists, architects and film-makers to 20th-century visual culture.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. The art and culture of 17th century London

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the 17th century: a time of upheaval in Europe, intercontinental trade, religious schisms and a wide range of artistic styles. See its art, architecture and design in London’s galleries and museums. #arthistory #explorelondon #walkingtour.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  9. Contemporary art concepts

    Course Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Anselm Kiefer- The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (Photo: Heinz Bunse)

    20th century German art

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore 100 years of German art, from movements such as Expressionism and Dadaism to artists like Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer, through a mixture of lectures, discussions and gallery visits.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. The Art of Rebellion

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the wealth of visual propaganda engendered by 20th century mass politics, including art from Russia, America, Mexico, France, Germany and the UK.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Friday Lates: Art and the absurd

    Course Date: Fri 12 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taking as its central theme the controversial idea that most art is absurd, this lectures explores artists that directly utilise humour and the ridiculous in their practice, and argues that the absurd is a vital and valuable tool for creative and poetic exploration.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  13. Seriously funny: a history of art and humour

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fascinating and amusing course by cultural theorist Ian Tucknott explores a history of artists and their jokes, from hilarious Hogarth to today’s most amusing art makers. #arthistory #hogarth #Banksy #duchamp.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. 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

  15. 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

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