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. 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

  2. Friday lates: Anselm Kiefer and the ruins of Nazi Germany

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the paintings of one of Germany’s most provocative, controversial – and wealthiest – post-war artists and find out how he tried to force the German people to confront the poisoned legacy of Nazism.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Discovering the art and architecture of London's churches

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Europe inspired by the East - from the 16th century to Orientalism

    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Spanish art in the shadow of Franco (1936-2000)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the development of Spanish art from Picasso’s 1937 'Guernica' to the installations of Juan Muñoz in the 1980s and 1990s. We will focus on key episodes highlighting General Franco’s impact on Spanish art 1936-2000.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Friday lates: Titian and the business of art

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Titian dominated the art of Venice for a large part of the 16th century, but how did he did he also become one of the most successful artists across Europe, selling originals and studio copies to kings and princes across the continent?
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  15. The Dutch and Flemish Golden Age

    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the grandeur of Rubens to the soul-searching of Rembrandt, we explore the many masters of one of the most influential eras of artistic production, in a region of tremendous diversity and innovation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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