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. Art history taster

    Course Date: Wed 14 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

    Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how artists have been representing animals from the 1960s to the present. We focus on depiction of animal-human relations within changing social, political and environmental context and the role of technological development.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Art of the German Renaissance

    Course Date: Tue 24 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the art of the German Renaissance through the work of its most innovative artists, including Albrecht Dürer, Cranach and Grünewald. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. In depth: German art and the Weimar Republic 1918-1933

    Course Date: Tue 24 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on the vibrant culture of the Weimar Republic, this course considers the variety of German artistic movements which emerged between the two world wars.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  14. The art and culture of the Victorians

    Course Date: Tue 24 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the fascinating world of the Victorians and their legacy, exploring fine art, design, architecture, and literature through gallery visits.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. London's hidden art and architecture

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Uncover a whole new side of London, from Roman times to the present day through a series of walks and visits to art galleries and historic sites.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

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