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. Gods and heroes in classical art

    Gods and heroes from Classical to Renaissance art

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the fascinating gods and heroes of classical and post-classical art through relevant works in the British Museum and National Gallery. How popular were they in classical society? What roles did they play? This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Styles in art

    Styles in art

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period. Can be studied on its own or as a continuation of 'Looking at paintings'.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. The history and meaning of portraiture

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the changing face of the portrait in art history from the early Renaissance to the present. Look at how and why its meaning and function have changed over the years and why artists are still drawn to it despite photography.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. The art and culture of 18th century London

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore Georgian painting, sculpture and architecture, and consider them within the context of the history and culture of the 18th century in offisite sessions in museums, galleries and other places in London.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. London's smaller art collections

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based course.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Women in modern and contemporary art

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is organised thematically covering the political and social transformations reflected in the artworks.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Introduction to Tate Modern

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern to contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  8. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau were freed from the conventions of their cultural and artistic restraints by the motifs and philosophy of Japanese art.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Friday Lates: Art and Alchemy - from Ancient to Contemporary

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Delve into a magical world of hidden secrets and bizarre symbolism as we distil the heady mix that is art and alchemy; from early manuscripts and renaissance paintings, to the surrealists and contemporary art. #arthistory #fridaylates #alchemy #eveningevent.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  10. Focus on: Albrecht Dürer

    Focus on: Albrecht Dürer

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the life, works, and legacy of one of the most innovative German artists of his time: Albrecht Dürer. See how he assimilated the art of Venice into his style and exploited the possibilities of print. #onedaycourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. In depth: early Renaissance

    Course Date: Wed 30 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the incredible progress of early Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting and decorative arts and the background to the Renaissance. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  12. Focus on: Vermeer

    Focus on: Vermeer

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Master of stillness and light, author of only 35, maybe 36, known works, Vermeer’s art continues to fascinate. Discover his life and works in the context of the Dutch Golden Age.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Focus on: Caravaggio

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With his ambivalent sexuality and dynamic use of chiaroscuro, Caravaggio was one of the giants of the Italian baroque. Learn how his art was underpinned by a striking realism. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Focus on: Mughal Court Fashion in the 16th and 17th centuries

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the distinctive sartorial identity of court attire under the early Mughal emperors of India, and its development from a fusion of Central Asian, Iranian and Indian traditions in textiles and dress. #arthistory #weekendcourse #Mughal #MughalEmperors #courtfashion #Safaviddress.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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

    Course Date: Wed 20 Feb 2019
    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

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