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. Think like an artist: in 19th century Britain

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the artistic world of 19th century Britain from the perspective of the artist. How did an artist train? What did it take to be successful? What new demands and challenges did leading artists face? Includes gallery visit. #arthistory #onedaycourse #JMWturner #PreRaphaelite.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. Victorian architecture in London: a clash of old and new

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Eclecticism defines 19th-century architecture. This course will look at key styles including neo-classical, gothic revival, early modernism and those rooted in design reforms, such as the arts and crafts movement. Tutor: Rachel Sanders.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Movements in art: Impressionism

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the work of a controversial group of painters working in and around Paris from the late 1860s and 1870s and explore how these artists re-thought their creative practice in response to modern life. #arthistory #onedaycourse #impressionism.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Movements in art: Post-Impressionism

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat are all called Post-Impressionists, yet each had different styles and preoccupations. Explore their work and lives and learn why they left such a valuable legacy. #arthistory #onedaycourse #postimpressionism.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Movements in art: Cubism and Futurism

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cubism and Futurism are pivotal movements in the history of modern art – encapsulating all the promise and peril of the 20th century’s devastating birth, and even helping rewrite perceptions of space and time. #arthistory #summerschool #cubism #fururism #picasso #braque.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Movements in art: Suprematism and Constructivism

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Striving for an urgent, revolutionary and total transformation of art and life, artists and designers of the Constructivist and Suprematist avant-gardes aimed to build a whole new world, from its aesthetic foundations upwards. #arthistory #summerschool #Constructivism #Suprematism #Malevich.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Friday lates: Islamic art at the V&A

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 26 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Spend a summer’s evening finding out about art outside Europe, in particular the V&A’s fascinating and extensive collection of Islamic art objects.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  8. Movements in art: Surrealism

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jul 2019
    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 #onedaycourse #Surrealism.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Movements in art: Pop and Minimalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Andy Warhol to Sol Lewitt explore Pop Art and Minimalism to understand how these rival movements revolutionised the way we see and experience art. #arthistory #onedaycourse #pop #popart #minimalism.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Shock of the New: post-modern architecture in London

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London’s recent building boom has foregrounded discussions about architectural style, but postmodernism has been practiced in the capital for more than forty years. This course will look at the style’s variety through key examples.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Decoding dress: clothing and culture at the V&A

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the V&A’s rich collection of garments, artworks and objects, and forge connections between them. Learn what such clothing felt like to wear, and how difficult it is to display, through discussion drawn from contemporary accounts, diaries and letters. #arthistory #onedaycourse #costume #fashion.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Symbols and stories: introducing saints in art

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Saints are widely represented in painting and sculpture. We explore their meanings and symbols in masterpieces of Christian art to better understand and interpret this intriguing aspect of Western art history. Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Art history taster

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 4 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!
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  14. Classical art, myths and legends

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know your Aphrodite from your Hera? Do you know who is represented by an eagle? Who was turned into reeds? Unlock the rich world of classical myths and legends in this classroom-based course.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Focus on: Hopper

    Focus on: Hopper

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Hopper’s key works, including 'Automat' and 'Nighthawks', within the context of biography, social and political events, and movements such as Regionalism, Social Realism and American Scene painting.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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