Art History Courses in London

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. Art history taster

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Friday Lates: Friends and enemies - Bacon and Freud

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A closer look at Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, two of Britain’s most important modern artists, and their volatile relationship. Tutor: Marie-Anne Mancio. #arthistory #fridaylates #eveningevent #francisbacon #lucianfreud.

    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  10. A history of American art

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study American art, including paintings, illustrations and cartoons from late-nineteenth century Realists and Impressionists to sixties Pop Art and Minimalism, analysing movements and styles, social and political context, materials and art theory. Tutor: Rachel Sanders. #weekendcourse #arthistory #americanart.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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