Art History Courses in London

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. Collecting contemporary art

    Course Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Everything you wanted to know about collecting contemporary art but were afraid to ask. Discover how and where to buy art in today’s marketplace and get to know your lithographs from your etchings, auctions from online, and commission from conservation.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Focus on: the art of the Fanzine

    Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 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

  7. Russian art weekend

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fascinating world of Russian art from icon painting to Moscow’s contemporary art scene. Discover the influence of the west, the role of revolution, and the impact of current politics on artists. #arthistory #weekendcourse #russianart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Art history taster

    Course Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session and explore a couple of paintings in depth.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  9. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Art and the politics of memory

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How have artists since 1960 engaged with the recent history and memory of political conflict? What role have artists had in remembering a difficult or traumatic past? What are the connections between memory and national identity in their work? #arthistory #eveningcourse #contemporaryart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Contemporary art in London

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (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

  12. Introduction to the V&A. Photo: Aqwis

    Introduction to the V&A

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sessions focus on paintings, fashion, sculpture, photography, ceramics and books. #arthistory #V&A #decarts #decorativearts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Medieval art and architecture

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Worldly goods: art and power in the age of kings

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join our Friday Lates in London museums and galleries to explore the motivations of the great, the ruled and the rulers in this 10-session course. Max 16 places. #arthistory #fridaylates #britishmuseum #vanda #nationalgallery.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Looking at contemporary art

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Look at works by established artists in London galleries in this introduction to contemporary art. Work through different ways to discuss and critique contemporary art in its new and traditional formats.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  16. What makes a masterpiece

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at works in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  17. Introduction to the art of art history - part 1

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is an introduction to Art History as an academic discipline. Students will study artworks from a variety of approaches, considering such aspects as formal analysis, material studies, and social, cultural and artistic contexts.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  18. A history of American art

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  19. Focus on: Degas

    Course Date: Sun 20 Jan 2019
    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

  20. Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed. Image: Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time by Bronzino

    Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings, in paintings from medieval to Baroque and beyond.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  21. Arts of the empire-builders: Timurids, Safavids and Mughals

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Patronage under the Timurids, Safavids and Mughals marked a definitive period in the development of the arts and culture of the Islamic world. This course looks at the visual ‘brands’ that characterised these important empires.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  22. Gods and heroes in classical art

    Gods and heroes from Classical to Renaissance art

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the fascinating gods and heroes of classical and post-classical art through relevant works in the British Museum and National Gallery. How popular were they in classical society? What roles did they play? This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  23. The history and meaning of portraiture

    The history and meaning of portraiture

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019
    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

  24. Styles in art

    Styles in art

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019
    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

  25. The art and culture of 18th century London

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    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

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