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. Friday Lates: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kara Walker - representing history

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 22 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how two of contemporary art’s most important voices use art history, from Ancient Egypt to Jackson Pollock, to develop contemporary representations of Western art and cultural history.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  2. Focus on: the art of the poster - print, pop and propaganda

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the colourful and eye-catching art of the poster, from the elegance of La Belle Époque Paris to the revolutionary drama of Avant-Garde Leningrad; from the protesters of Atelier Populaire to glamour of Pop Art.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Indian court fashion from the 16th to the 19th century

    Course Date: Wed 27 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A close look at the beautiful clothes and ornaments worn in the imperial and regional courts of India, exploring how the styles developed, and how they were made.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Friday lates: Carolee Schneemann - meat, messiness and taboo

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 29 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work by a pioneer of body and performance art and an experimental filmmaker Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019), exploring the topics of body, sexuality and gender.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  5. Art icons: Jackson Pollock and Abstract Expressionism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Abstract Expressionist movement, focusing on Pollock as its key example, considering such issues as biography, social and political context, artistic influences, and stylistic progress.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Think like an artist: in 18th century Britain

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the artistic world of 18th century Britain from the perspective of the artist. How did an artist train? What did it take to be successful? What demands and challenges did leading artists face? Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Art icons: Andy Warhol and Pop Art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Pop Art movement, focusing on Warhol as its key example, considering such issues as biography, style and material experimentation, artistic influences, and social and political context.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Focus on: the body in 20th century art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the representation of body and body-related practices by prominent modern and contemporary artists from the early twentieth century to the present. We study the works within their respective political and social contexts.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Art history taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 10 Dec 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session!
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  10. Women in art 1400-1800

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Arts of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau were freed from the conventions of their cultural and artistic restraints by the motifs and philosophy of Japanese art.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Medieval art and architecture

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Study the art of the era and the architecture of the prominent Gothic cathedrals and medieval buildings of the continent and England.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Friday lates: art and the Blitz

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Delve into the creative humanity of artists working during the Blitz; from Henry Moore and Lee Miller to the dozens of government-employed ‘war-artists’, we explore the insight of artistic expression in war.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  15. Looking at contemporary art

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Look at works by established artists in London galleries in this introduction to contemporary art. Work through different ways to discuss and critique contemporary art in its new and traditional formats.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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