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. Seriously funny: a history of art and humour

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fascinating and amusing course by cultural theorist Ian Tucknott explores a history of artists and their jokes, from hilarious Hogarth to today’s most amusing art makers. #arthistory #hogarth #Banksy #duchamp.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. Friday Lates: What is creativity?

    Course Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This lecture explores the idea and practice of creativity from the perspective of art and cultural theory, and looks to determine not only what creativity is but why it is so important for us now and in the future?
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  3. Surrealist Art weekend

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    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 #Surrealism #shortcourse #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Study trip: Amsterdam and the Dutch Golden Age

    Course Date: Mon 22 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum and its famous ‘Night Watch’, visit the Rembrandt House and the Hague's Mauritshuis discovering works by Vermeer, Jan Steen, Jan Both and others with an expert art historian. Max 12 places.

    #arthistoryabroad #studytrip #arthistory #amsterdam #dutchgoldenage #rembrandt #vermeer #Rijksmuseum #Mauritshuis

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    Full fee: £469.00
    Senior fee: £469.00
    Concession: £469.00

  5. Key architects you should know

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study significant contributors - including Wren, Pugin, Gaudi and Le Corbusier - to Western architectural styles, from Gothic to postmodern, considering function and materials as well as social, political and cultural contexts. This course includes building visits.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  6. Design evolutions: Arts and Crafts to Art Deco

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the design reform movements – Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco – and analyse a wide range of products, including fashion and textiles, graphics, architecture and furniture. Includes a museum visit.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  7. Focus on: the Body in 20th century art

    Course Date: Sun 28 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the representation of body and body-related practices by prominent modern and contemporary artists from the early twentieth century to the present. We study the works within their respective political and social contexts. #arthistory #weekendcourse #modernart #contemporaryart.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Drawing Art History

    Course Date: Fri 2 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the work of art history’s greats from the perspective of drawing to gain a unique insight into the complexities of the artistic practice of artists like Michelangelo, Matisse and Bridget Riley. #arthistory #drawing #draw #britishmuseum #VandA #nationalgallery.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Friday Lates: The Art of Getting Lost - a beginners guide to Psychogeography

    Course Date: Fri 2 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From pub crawls to punk rock, via comic books, action painting and Hegelian philosophy; hear the unlikely tale of the Situationists: international artist-revolutionaries who tried to change the world itself into a work of art. #arthistory #fridaylates #Psychogeography.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  10. Focus on: Botticelli

    Focus on: Botticelli

    Course Date: Sun 4 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botticelli created some of the most enduring mythological paintings of the Florentine Renaissance. Trace his painting career and discover the impact of first the Medici, then Savonarola, on his output. Includes gallery visit. #arthistory #summerschool #botticelli #renaissance.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. What is an artist?

    Course Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This critical studies course for developing artists and makers explores the concept of creativity and what it means to be an artist, drawing on a range of cultural theories and work by creative practitioners to help inspire and enhance creative and critical thinking.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  12. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the wars

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how art in Europe and America between the wars reacted to the culture of the times. Explore the experimental world of Surrealism, political art and abstract art. #arthistory #modernart #twentiethcenturyart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Focus on: Salvador Dali

    Course Date: Sun 11 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Madman or genius? Discover some of the many projects of the long and multi-faceted career of the artist and

    self-proclaimed master of the paranoiac-critical method, from his personal brand of surrealism to his later 'nuclear mysticism'.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Fakes and forgeries

    Course Date: Wed 14 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the boundaries between fact, fakes and fictions in art, looking at different interpretations of authenticity, through classroom lessons and visits to the National Gallery and the British Museum. #arthistory #fakes #forgeries.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Art, perception and experience

    Course Date: Thu 15 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This critical studies course for artists and makers explores theories of perception and experience, drawing on a range of cultural theories and work by creative practitioners to help inspire and enhance creative and critical thinking around how we see, interact with and are affected by art and design.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

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