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. Making illuminated manuscripts in the Islamic world

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A mixture of theory and practice - tracing the development of layout and decoration in sacred and secular illuminated manuscripts in the Islamic world. #arthistory #summerschool #manuscripts #handson.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  2. Collectors and curiosities - at the V&A

    Course Date: Tue 31 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    From cabinets of curiosities to the modern museum, we'll explore what drives the great collectors of the past and today. #arthistory #summerschool #vanda #historyofcollecting.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. From the Grand Tour to the Great Exhibition - at the V&A  

    Course Date: Wed 1 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore how generations of 'Grand Tourists' were inspired by their travels, and transformed architecture and design in Britain on their return. #arthistory #vanda.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Symbols and stories: saints in art

    Course Date: Wed 1 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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. #arthistory #summerschool #saints #iconography.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Summer lates: Wellcome Collection

    Course Date: Thu 2 Aug 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    From ancient Roman sculpture to a portrait by Vincent van Gogh, explore the connections of art, medicine and what it means to be human in the galleries of the Wellcome Collection. #summerschool #arthistory #wellcomecollection #thursdaylates.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  6. Summer lates: making connections at the National Gallery

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Rubens: six degrees of separation. An exploration of the life and work of Rubens, and his links and connections to well-known artists, people and places through the National Gallery collection. #Fridaylates #nationalgallery #arthistory #rubens.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  7. An introduction to contemporary art concepts

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation. #summerschool #contemporaryart # bodyart #conceptual art.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. British art and national identity

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how historical and modern British art reflects and challenges our sense of who we are as a nation. This course includes a study visit to the Government Art Collection in London.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Contemporary art in London summer school

    Course Date: Wed 8 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore and discuss some of London's newest and most exciting summer art exhibitions, at cutting edge venues across the capital.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  10. Summer lates: Islamic art at the V&A

    Course Date: Fri 10 Aug 2018
    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. #fridaylates #V&A #islamicart.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  11. Art history taster

    Course Date: Wed 12 Sep 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is all about? Not sure you want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session and enjoy exploring a few paintings in depth.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  12. Manuscripts and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the techniques and styles used in producing manuscripts, from their earliest appearance to the 16th century. We'll consider the ways in which manuscripts were used and ask why such lavish attention was paid to them. Includes a gallery visit. Tutor: Dr Richard Plant #arthistory #manuscripts #illumination #historyofthebook.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images

    In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sources of early Christian images in depth. We'll consider the main developments, and the motivations behind their origins. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Contemporary art in London

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 3 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

  15. Friday Lates: the dark side of the art world - art theft

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fascinating subject of Art Theft. Find out about the grey market for looted and stolen cultural objects through discussion of several compelling case studies. #arthistory #fridaylates #arttheft.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

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