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: Hopper

    Focus on: Hopper

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018
    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

  2. Islamic Art in the medieval world

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A course examining the formation and development of Islamic Art and Design; looking at the role of ideology and patronage, and the key influences that went into its development and evolution.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. National Gallery

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discuss a differently themed group of paintings each week in front of the pictures. An opportunity to understand our national collection in greater depth. Stools will be provided if you need them.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance - Leonardo da Vinci

    The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When, where and what was the Italian Renaissance? Explore it through the craft of its masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others and trace its legacy.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. The history of Western art in 100 paintings

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A chronological introduction to Western art from c.1250 to the present day, taught entirely through visits to London’s galleries.
    Full fee: £669.00
    Senior fee: £535.00
    Concession: £408.00

  6. Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. The art and culture of 17th century London

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the 17th century: a time of upheaval in Europe, intercontinental trade, religious schisms and a wide range of artistic styles. See its art, architecture and design in London’s galleries and museums. #arthistory #explorelondon #walkingtour.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Introduction to art history

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you always been interested in art and want to get more out of looking at art and exhibitions? Develop your interpretative skills by exploring at how art is made, read and exhibited.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  9. Looking at paintings

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Look at masterpieces in major London galleries in this introduction to European painting. Explore different painting techniques and genres (landscape, portrait and history painting) for a basic understanding and increased enjoyment of Western art.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. 20th Century Spanish art and culture

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the development of Spanish art from the aftermath of Spain's 1898 defeat in the Spanish-American War through dictatorship to democracy at the end of the 20th century. We will focus on key episodes highlighting the contribution of Spanish artists, architects and film-makers to 20th-century visual culture.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  11. Classical art, myths and legends

    Course Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018
    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

  12. Contemporary art concepts

    Course Date: Thu 4 Oct 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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. 20th century German art  - Gerhard Richter

    20th century German art

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore 100 years of German art, from movements such as Expressionism and Dadaism to artists like Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer, through a mixture of lectures, discussions and gallery visits.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  14. The Art of Rebellion

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the wealth of visual propaganda engendered by 20th century mass politics, including art from Russia, America, Mexico, France, Germany and the UK.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Friday Lates: Art and the absurd

    Course Date: Fri 12 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taking as its central theme the controversial idea that most art is absurd, this lectures explores artists that directly utilise humour and the ridiculous in their practice, and argues that the absurd is a vital and valuable tool for creative and poetic exploration.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

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