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. Landscape in art

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Can a depiction of a landscape ever simply be JUST a landscape? Or is it a view onto a wider world, is there a context or, in the words of David Hockney, a “bigger picture?”.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. Feminism in art: political use of the body

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover prominent modern and contemporary artists whose work can be broadly linked to the feminist project. We focus on the artistic use of body imagery within its respective political and social contexts.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the wars

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how art in Europe and America between the wars reacted to the culture of the times. Explore the experimental world of Surrealism, political art and abstract art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. The power and influence of German Art: From Early Medieval to Early Modern

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the art of Germany from medieval to modern and the variety of artists came be a major influence not just on Northern art but also the Italian Renaissance and ultimately all of European art.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. German art from the 1960s

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore German art from the 1960s to present, from movements such as Conceptualism, Fluxus, Capitalist Realism and Neo-Expressionism to the most recent multi-media art.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. What makes a masterpiece

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Look at works in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Fakes and forgeries

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the boundaries between fact, fakes and fictions in art, looking at different interpretations of authenticity, through classroom lessons and visits to the National Gallery and the British Museum.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  8. Friday Lates: at the Tate and National Gallery - part 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Start your weekend with an enjoyable and stimulating introduction to famous and lesser-known artworks in a Friday Late at the Tate Modern, and at the National Gallery.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Ways into Islamic art

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An introductory course providing an overview of the development of the visual language of Islamic cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe, including an offsite visit to the British Museum's Islamic Galleries.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  11. Contemporary art in London

    Contemporary art in London

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Examine and discuss art on show in London. Each week we’ll visit a commercial gallery or public institution and examine specific exhibitions or paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. Friday lates: Artemisia Gentilleschi - from torture to triumph

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith and Holofernes’ has typically been cast as a revenge narrative for her rape, and torture by the court – but there was so much more to her life and career. Discover one of the stars of the Baroque.
    Full fee: £20.00
    Senior fee: £20.00
    Concession: £12.00

  13. Focus on: James McNeill Whistler

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whistler’s art moved painting towards abstraction, sparked a renaissance in printmaking and gave us the Peacock Room, a masterpiece of interior design. He also mastered the gentle art of making enemies.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. A day of: 19th-century fashion

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the relationship between nineteenth-century society, from the Napoleonic era to the suffrage movement, and men’s and women’s fashions which witnessed constant change, restrictions, extremes and the start of the dress reform movement.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Focus on: Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 May 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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