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. Focus on: Bosch

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can knowledge of the society in which Hieronymus Bosch lived and worked help us understand his bizarre paintings? Was he suffering from mental illness or merely using visual metaphors we can no longer understand? #arthistory #hieronymusbosch #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Art history taster

    Course Date: Wed 14 Mar 2018
    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: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  6. Focus on: art and maps

    Course Date: Sun 18 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Twentieth-century artists have used maps to ask questions and examine their place in the world. Explore how maps have become a critical artistic tool from Surrealism to contemporary New Media practice. #arthistory #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Women in art 1400-1800

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Collecting contemporary art

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  9. Royal palaces, patrons, and art treasures

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Megalomaniac monarchs and the artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’? The history of art patronage is a long and fascinating one. Explore the paintings, porcelain, palaces and personalities that make up this history.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Contemporary art: animal and human in the age of technology

    Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Contemporary art gives us new images of humans and animals, as well as hybrid creatures re-imagined through technological developments. Explore how this trend developed from the early 20th century to the present day. #modernart #contemporaryart #futurism #posthuman.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. In depth: late Renaissance

    Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the incredible progress of High and Late Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy and Western Europe. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting, sculpture and decorative arts. Includes gallery visits.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  12. Art evolutions: Pop to Post-Internet Art

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts. This can be studied on its own or as a continuation of 'Modern art: 1900-1950'.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Extended history of modern art in 50 works

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This gallery-based course looks at some iconic examples of 20th century art, architecture, and design to trace a chronological history of modern art. Can be studied alone or as a sequel to 'The history of art in a 100 paintings'.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Art and madness

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is the relationship between creativity and madness? Is there a link or is this a romantic notion? Via Michelangelo, Goya, van Gogh, Munch and others, explore how ‘madness’ changes how we think about artists.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. What makes a masterpiece

    Course Date: Mon 23 Apr 2018
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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