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. Contemporary art: animal and human in the age of technology

    Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how artists have been representing animals from the 1960s to the present. We focus on depiction of animal-human relations within changing social, political and environmental context and the role of technological development.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  2. Demystifying art at the Tate

    Course Date: Mon 7 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Get an overview of the collections of Tate Britain and Tate Modern with this straightforward and lively insight into the contemporary art world, both inside and outside the gallery. Tutor: James Mansfield #tatemodern #summerschool.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Discovering the art and architecture of London's churches

    Course Date: Tue 15 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  4. Duchamp & Dada: from the readymade to contemporary art

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jul 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Dada and Duchamp’s key works within their social, political and artistic context and consider their impact on Post-Modern practices such as Concept and Installation Art. Tutor: Dr Rachel Sanders #arthistory #duchamp # dada #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Extended history of modern art in 50 works

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This gallery-based course looks at some iconic examples of 20th century art, architecture, and design to trace a chronological history of modern art. Can be studied alone or as a sequel to 'The history of art in a 100 paintings'.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  6. Fakes and forgeries

    Course Date: Wed 18 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the boundaries between fact, fakes and fictions in art, looking at different interpretations of authenticity, through visits to a contemporary gallery and the British Museum.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Focus on: Albrecht Dürer

    Course Date: Sun 21 Jan 2018
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Focus on: art and maps

    Course Date: Sun 18 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Twentieth-century artists have used maps to ask questions and examine their place in the world. Explore how maps have become a critical artistic tool from Surrealism to contemporary New Media practice. #arthistory #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Focus on: Bosch

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can knowledge of the society in which Hieronymus Bosch lived and worked help us understand his bizarre paintings? Was he suffering from mental illness or merely using visual metaphors we can no longer understand? #arthistory #hieronymusbosch #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Focus on: Degas

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    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

  11. Focus on: Frida Kahlo

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mexican painter Frida Kahlo has been cast in many roles: surrealist, wife to Diego Rivera, feminist icon, cyborg, mistress of reinvention. Explore her extraordinary art, life, politics and legacy. Tutor: Marie-Anne Mancio #arthistory #summerschool #weekendcourse #kahlo #fridakahlo.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  12. Focus on: German Expressionism

    Course Date: Sun 11 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the world of German Expressionism, from the paintings of Kandinsky and Kircher to the wider cultural context of this important artistic movement of the early 20th century. #arthistory #weekendcourse #germanart #expressionism.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Focus on: Grayson Perry

    Course Date: Sun 30 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Grayson Perry: ceramicist, curator ('The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman'), designer of tapestries ('The Vanity of Small Differences'), dress designer, graphic novelist, social commentator, collector, and 2003 Turner Prize winner. Discover the wit and consummate craft of this fascinating artist. Tutor: Marie-Anne Mancio #arthistory #summerschool #weekendcourse #graysonperry.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Focus on: Hogarth

    Course Date: Sun 17 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the life and work of William Hogarth. Best known for his print engravings and his bawdy depictions of 18th century London, we explore these and other aspects of his work and the society that inspired it. #arthistory #hogarth #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Focus on: Hopper

    Course Date: Sat 30 Sep 2017
    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

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