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: the art of the Fanzine

    Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For over 80 years the radical imagery and underground passions of fanzines have defined DIY culture. From their earliest examples to today, we explore content, technique and the relation of ‘zines to wider artistic practices. #arthistory #fanzine #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. Art history taster

    Course Date: Fri 7 Dec 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

  3. Russian art weekend

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fascinating world of Russian art from icon painting to Moscow’s contemporary art scene. Discover the influence of the west, the role of revolution, and the impact of current politics on artists. #arthistory #weekendcourse #russianart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Art and the politics of memory

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How have artists since 1960 engaged with the recent history and memory of political conflict? What role have artists had in remembering a difficult or traumatic past? What are the connections between memory and national identity in their work? #arthistory #eveningcourse #contemporaryart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Medieval art and architecture

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Study the art of the era and the architecture of the prominent Gothic cathedrals and medieval buildings of the continent and England.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Introduction to the V&A. Photo: Aqwis

    Introduction to the V&A

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sessions focus on paintings, fashion, sculpture, photography, ceramics and books. #arthistory #V&A #decarts #decorativearts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Looking at Contemporary Art

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Look at works by established artists in London galleries in this introduction to contemporary art. Work through different ways to discuss and critique contemporary art in its new and traditional formats.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. Late at the British Museum, V&A and National Gallery

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Enjoy the evening ambience while you explore and discuss key art works and compare and contrast collections at some of our most famous London galleries: British Museum, V&A and National Gallery. #arthistory #fridaylates #britishmuseum #vanda #nationalgallery.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. What makes a masterpiece

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. A history of American art

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. Introduction to the art of art history - Part 1

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is an introduction to Art History as an academic discipline. Students will study artworks from a variety of approaches, considering such aspects as formal analysis, material studies, and social, cultural and artistic contexts.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Focus on: Degas

    Course Date: Sun 20 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Degas’s extraordinary legacy as ‘one of the founders of Impressionism’. His dynamic paintings and sketches of everyday life and activities, and his bold colour experiments will be examined throughout this informative one-day course. #degas #impressionism #arthistory #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Arts of the empire-builders: Timurids, Safavids and Mughals

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Patronage under the Timurids, Safavids and Mughals marked a definitive period in the development of the arts and culture of the Islamic world. This course looks at the visual ‘brands’ that characterised these important empires.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed. Image: Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time by Bronzino

    Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings, in paintings from medieval to Baroque and beyond.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

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