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: 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Focus on: Iconography

    Course Date: Sun 20 May 2018
    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 medieval and Renaissance art. Tutor: Leslie Prismo.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Focus on: Irish art

    Course Date: Sun 10 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ireland has a rich history of visual art, from the Book of Kells and the grandeur of its Georgian architecture to modern and contemporary artists such as Jack Yeats and Francis Bacon. #irishart #arthistory #weekend #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. 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

  11. Focus on: Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores the life and work of Jackson Pollock – whose career Peggy Guggenheim would launch with an exhibition in 1943, and whom she would later consider her greatest discovery. #arthistory #modernart #abstractexpressionism #jacksonpollock #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  12. Focus on: Picasso

    Course Date: Sat 28 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Picasso’s key works, such as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica, within the context of biography, social and political events, stylistic developments, artistic influences and movements including Primitivism and Cubism.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. 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

  14. Focus on: the art of Siena

    Course Date: Sun 4 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The golden panels of the Sienese masters are immediately identifiable but why was their work so different? Today we explore the art of Siena, its world, its symbolism and how it was made.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Focus on: the art of the Fanzine

    Course Date: Sun 11 Feb 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

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