Art history

Our art history programme is growing. We have expanded our architecture provision and our focus beyond western art to include Islamic art, Japanese art and the art of the Near East. There are courses on curation for aspiring practitioners and a host of other art history courses on subjects as diverse as the history of fashion, comic books, urban art and artists' books that can be taken alone, or to complement surveys of periods. You can also study the history of photography, design, video and sound art. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
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  1. Focus on: Matthew Barney

    Course Date: Sun 22 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Barney's multi-part works combine diverse media such as film, sculpture, drawing, photography and performance to generate complex visual narratives. We will focus on his epic Cremaster cycle (1994-2002) and Drawing Restraint series (1987-ongoing). #contemporayart #matthewbarney.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. Focus on: disease and the sick body in art

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the Classical World to the Contemporary what might the sick body in art tell us about cultural beliefs and what it means to be human?
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Focus on: Salvador Dali

    Course Date: Sun 5 Nov 2017
    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

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

    Course Date: Tue 7 Nov 2017
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design

    Course Date: Tue 7 Nov 2017
    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 architecture and design in the art deco and Bauhaus period.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Manuscripts and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 7 Nov 2017
    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

  7. Introduction to the history of photography: origins - 1900

    Course Date: Wed 8 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the role of early photography in the history of art and artists in the 19th century. We'll look at how photography was used by painters and how photographs became works of art in their own right. #arthistory #photography #historyofphotography.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Introduction to Tate Britain

    Course Date: Wed 8 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the permanent collection of British art at Tate Britain, looking at work from old masters to contemporary artists. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. From Arts and Crafts to Art Deco

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  10. Key architects you should know

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    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

  11. Art, religion and the late Roman empire at the British Museum

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the great cultural changes that the Roman empire underwent between the 3rd and 5th centuries CE through the development of Roman and Early Christian art.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  12. Seriously funny: a history of art and humour

    Course Date: Sun 19 Nov 2017
    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

  13. A grand day out: the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    Course Date: Fri 24 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of paintings, antiquities and decorative arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on this one-day, location-based course.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Focus on: Caravaggio

    Course Date: Sun 3 Dec 2017
    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

  15. Art history taster

    Course Date: Fri 8 Dec 2017 (and 2 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: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

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