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. The history and meaning of portraiture

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the changing face of the portrait in art history from the early Renaissance to the present. Look at how and why its meaning and function have changed over the years and why artists are still drawn to it despite photography.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. Styles in art

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period. Can be studied on its own or as a continuation of 'Looking at paintings'.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Medieval art and architecture

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Study the art of the era and the architecture of the prominent Gothic cathedrals and medieval buildings of the continent and England.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. The art and culture of 18th century London

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore Georgian painting, sculpture and architecture, and consider them within the context of the history and culture of the 18th century in offisite sessions in museums, galleries and other places in London.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Inspirational women at the National Portrait Gallery

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: National Portrait Gallery
    An alternative look at the collection from the perspective of some of the most outstanding women of the past five hundred years. Explore their lives and their achievements as artists, writers, monarchs, scientists, lawyers.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Focus on: Degas

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Degas’s extraordinary legacy as ‘one of the founders of Impressionism’. His dynamic paintings and sketches of everyday life and activities, and his bold colour experiments will be examined throughout this informative one-day course. #degas #impressionism #arthistory #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Introduction to Tate Modern

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern to contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. In depth: early Renaissance

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the incredible progress of early Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting and decorative arts and the background to the Renaissance. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  9. Focus on: the art of the Fanzine

    Course Date: Sun 11 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For over 80 years the radical imagery and underground passions of fanzines have defined DIY culture. From their earliest examples to today, we explore content, technique and the relation of ‘zines to wider artistic practices. #arthistory #fanzine #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. A grand day out: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Course Date: Fri 16 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course provides an introduction to the wide range of artworks within the collection at the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Women in art: politics of embodiment

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present. We focus on the representation of body and body-related practices within their respective political and social contexts.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Art and science

    Course Date: Fri 23 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Leonardo to Sigmund Freud we will uncover creative and aesthetic similarities in the disciplines of Art and Science, and see how their collaborations show us the links between innovation and imagination.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Focus on: Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores the life and work of Jackson Pollock – whose career Peggy Guggenheim would launch with an exhibition in 1943, and whom she would later consider her greatest discovery. #arthistory #modernart #abstractexpressionism #jacksonpollock #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. National Portrait Gallery

    Course Date: Mon 26 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover portraiture and the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Different periods and styles are discussed each week in front of the portraits. Includes visits to the current temporary exhibitions. Please contact the department for the meeting place for this course after you have enrolled: 020 7492 2700 or 2703 or email [email protected]
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Focus on: the art of Siena

    Course Date: Sun 4 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The golden panels of the Sienese masters are immediately identifiable but why was their work so different? Today we explore the art of Siena, its world, its symbolism and how it was made.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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