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: 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

  2. 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

  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. 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

  5. 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

  6. Focus on: Vermeer

    Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018
    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

  7. Foreigners in London: Renaissance to Baroque

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the importance of foreigners to the British art scene from the Tudor period to the Baroque. How did artists like Holbein, Dobson, van Somer and van Dyck influence the British School? #arthistory #britishart.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  8. 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

  9. Gods and heroes from Classical to Renaissance art

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    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

  10. Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed

    Course Date: Mon 2 Oct 2017
    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 paintings from medieval to Baroque and beyond.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  11. In depth: early Renaissance

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jan 2018
    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. 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

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

    Course Date: Tue 24 Apr 2018
    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

  14. In depth: late Renaissance

    Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the incredible progress of High and Late Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy and Western Europe. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting, sculpture and decorative arts. Includes gallery visits.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  15. In depth: revolutionary art in the 20th century

    Course Date: Tue 5 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is an in-depth look at the impact of technological, social and political revolutions in the 20th century, and the creation of modern art.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

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