Art history

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

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    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 #summershool #costume #fashion.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Art walks: printmaking in 18th century London

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the bustling intellectual, political and artistic culture of 18th century London by walking in the steps of its most celebrated printmakers: William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson and Isaac Cruikshank. #londonwalks #hogarth #london #arthistory #walk #printmaking #printmakers.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  3. Think like an artist: in early Mughal India

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We look at the formation of the Mughal school of painting in India under the patronage of early rulers of the dynasty focusing on key artists in the royal ateliers. #summerschool #arthistory #mughalart #manuscripts.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Summer lates: treasure at the British Museum

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Take a Friday evening to discover treasure troves in the British Museum, such as the Mildenhall Treasure and the Cuerdale Hoard, and find out about the societies in which these discoveries were produced. #arthistory #summerschool #britishmuseum #fridaylates #treasure.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  5. Summer lates: Tate Modern

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join us for a ‘summer late’ session at the Tate Modern and explore a number of important works from the permanent collection. Discover, discuss and enjoy the evening ambience at the newly extended Tate Modern. #arthistory #fridaylates #tatemodern.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  6. Think like an artist: in 18th century Britain

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the artistic world of 18th century Britain from the perspective of the artist. How did an artist train? What did it take to be successful? What demands and challenges did leading artists face? Includes gallery visit. #summerschool #arthistory #gainsborough #hogarth #reynolds.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Think like an artist: in 19th century Britain

    Course Date: Sun 22 Jul 2018 (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 #summerschool #JMWturner #PreRaphaelite.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Movements in art: Impressionism

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 #summerschool #onedaycourse #impressionism.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Movements in art: Post-Impressionism

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 an valuable legacy. #arthistory #onedaycourse #postimpressionism.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Medieval to Renaissance - at the V&A

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Find out how luxury and religious objects from the middle ages and Renaissance reflect the culture and values of the societies that made them. #arthistory #vanda #renaissance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Movements in art: Cubism and Futurism

    Course Date: Wed 25 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  12. Movements in art: Suprematism and Constructivism

    Course Date: Thu 26 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 new world, from its aesthetic foundations upwards. #arthistory #summerschool #Constructivism #Suprematism #Malevich.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Movements in art: Surrealism

    Course Date: Fri 27 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 #summerschool #Surrealism.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Summer lates: Romans at the British Museum

    Course Date: Fri 27 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Check out silverware, glass and jewellery from Roman Britain at the British Museum and see how Roman designs and motifs were used and copied in medieval art. #arthistory #summerschool #romanbritain #britishmuseum #fridaylates.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  15. Summer lates: Italian Renaissance at the National Gallery

    Course Date: Fri 27 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore key developments and ideas in Renaissance art by looking at significant works in the National Gallery. #arthistory #fridaylates #nationalgallery #renaissance.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

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