Online Art History Courses

Interested in art history? Then why not browse our extensive range of art history courses, to explore 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 – and also take place in many of London’s galleries and museums, as well as online.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. The art and culture of 18th century London

    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore Georgian painting, sculpture and architecture, and consider them within the context of the history and culture of the 18th century exploring museums, galleries and other places in London online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. The history and meaning of portraiture

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Arts of the empire-builders: Timurids, Safavids and Mughals

    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Patronage under the Timurids, Safavids and Mughals marked a definitive period in the development of the arts and culture of the Islamic world. This course looks at the visual ‘brands’ that characterised these important empires.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Focus on: Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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

    Course Date: Wed 27 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Focus on: Velazquez

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Investigate the work of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, including enigmatic paintings such as Las Meninas (1656), and learn about how his art relates to his political role as court painter to Philip IV.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Friday lates: the painted lives of the Safavid Dynasty of Iran

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This Friday evening art history session will explore narrative miniature painting made under royal patronage in 16th century Safavid Iran.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  8. Foreign artists in London: Renaissance to Baroque

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Manuscripts and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. The cults of saints - martyrs and miracles in the Middle Ages

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Saints were the celebrities and social-media stars of the medieval world. Discover how the stories of their lives, miracles and often gruesome martyrdoms were brilliantly celebrated in the art and architecture of the period.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Understanding contemporary art: ideas and origins

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. London's smaller art collections

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online art history course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. European architecture in the Middle Ages 800-1500

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the development of architecture in Europe from the Carolingian period to the end of the middle ages and study the major monuments – cathedrals, parish churches and castles, of the age.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Arts of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Looking at how the vision of the Ottoman Sultans was crafted from diverse sources during a period of maximum growth, this course will focus on the architecture, arts and crafts of the early Ottoman Empire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Russian modernism: the Silver Age

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    From the 1890s to 1917, as Russia hurtled towards the Revolution, it experienced an incredible flowering of culture that came to be known as the Silver Age. Explore its art, poetry, film, dance, music, and literature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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