Art History Courses in London

Our art history programme includes western art, 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. Styles in art

    Styles in art

    Course Date: Tue 28 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. London's smaller art collections

    Course Date: Wed 29 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based course.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. Focus on: Giotto

    Focus on: Giotto

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the life and work of Giotto, was one of the earliest artists to be written about within his lifetime, his genius held up as the ideal by Italian painting critics for the next five centuries.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Anthony van Dyck, Equestrian portrait of Charles I, 1637-38,National Gallery - via Wikimedia Commons

    Worldly goods: art and power in the age of kings

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join our Friday Lates in London museums and galleries to explore the motivations of the great, the ruled and the rulers in this 8-session art history evening course. Max 16 places.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Friday lates: Paula Rego: memories of childhood

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work of one of Britain’s best loved artists, whose paintings of vivid interior and private drama draw on her early years growing up in Portugal under the repressive Catholic dictatorship of General Salazar.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  6. Focus on: art and medicine

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020
    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

  7. Focus on: the animal in 20th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how artists have been representing animals from the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century to the present. We focus on the shift in depicting human-animal relations during this period.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Friday lates: magical modernism - modern art and esotericism

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 21 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover Modern Art’s secret history: a mysterious melting-pot of mystic auras, magical colour theories, trances, alchemy and the spirit-physics of the 4th-dimension, hiding beneath the familiar stories of science, reason and industry.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. Focus on: art and maps

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Feb 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Introduction to Tate Modern

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern to contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Friday Lates: launching the YBAS - from warehouse to stardom

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did the YBAs unleash new artistic creativity or were they simply ambitious, self-promoting young art students from Goldsmiths determined to shock? Explore their art and the exhibitions which launched them; Freeze (1988) and Sensation (1997).
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  12. Focus on: the art of Siena

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    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

  13. Royal palaces, patrons, and art treasures - Isabelle d'Este

    Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures

    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. National Portrait Gallery

    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover portraiture and the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Different periods and styles are discussed each week in front of the portraits. Includes visits to the current temporary exhibitions.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Artistic Synergies between Europe and the East from the Renaissance to the 19th Century

    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exploration of five centuries of trade and cultural exchange between the Islamic East and Europe, looking at their impacts on the arts, sciences, scholarship, taste and technology.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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