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. Art icons: Gauguin and Post-Impressionism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Post-Impressionist movement, focusing on Gauguin as its key example, considering such issues as biography, artistic influences, stylistic developments, social change and the depiction of class, gender and race.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. The arts of the book in the Islamic world

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study book design and production in the Islamic world. The art of the book is one of the cornerstones of Islamic visual culture, with the role of the Qur’an driving the development of the arts in general.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. The small early Christian basilica of Philippopolis, Plovdiv Bulgaria, 5th Century CE (Photo: Vladislav Nedelev) - This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

    In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images

    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sources of early Christian images in depth. We'll consider the main developments, and the motivations behind their origins. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Medieval and Romanesque sculpture: beyond the antique

    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will explore the transformations of style and function of three-dimensional images, in many media, between c.1000 and .c1450, including those made for tombs, portals and devotional practice.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Spanish art: in the age of Picasso, Miro and Dali 1885-1936

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 6 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Reflecting a 'silver age' of literature, art in Spain before the Civil war encompasses the modernist genius of Picasso, Juan Gris and Miró; the surrealism of Dalí and the late Impressionism of Joaquín Sorolla.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Art of the Northern Renaissance

    Art of the Northern Renaissance

    Course Date: Thu 7 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the exquisite art of the Northern Renaissance through the work of its most innovative artists, including Albrecht Dürer, Rogier van der Weyden, Jan van Eyck, Grünewald, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Friday lates: treasure at the British Museum

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 8 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Take a Friday evening to discover treasure troves in the British Museum, such as the Mildenhall Treasure and the Cuerdale Hoard, and find out about the societies in which these discoveries were produced.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  8. Friday lates: Gerhard Richter: Nazis in the family

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 8 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the work of this enigmatic artist, raised in Hitler’s Third Reich and communist East Germany, before moving to the west to become one of the most popular and commercially successful painters of the last 50 years.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  9. Art icons: Picasso and Cubism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Cubist movement, focusing on Picasso as its key example, considering such issues as biographic and social context, material experimentation, stylistic developments, and artistic influences including the influence of non-European art.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Focus on: Lucian Freud - paint as flesh

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lucian Freud was a key figure in British Art for nearly seventy years. Uncompromising, ferociously unsentimental with a “cruel” gaze – a realist or painter of the truth? Explore Freud’s fascinating career through his paintings, etchings and drawings.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Introduction to Tate Britain

    Course Date: Thu 14 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the permanent collection of British art at Tate Britain, looking at work from old masters to contemporary artists. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Friday Lates: friends and enemies - Bacon and Freud

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 15 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A closer look at Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, two of Britain’s most important modern artists, and their volatile relationship.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  13. Art icons: Kandinsky and Expressionism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Expressionism as it developed in different locations and within different movement. It will focus on Kandinsky as its key example, considering issues such as content ambitions, artistic influences and stylistic developments.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Focus on: Caravaggio

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With his ambivalent sexuality and dynamic use of chiaroscuro, Caravaggio was one of the giants of the Italian baroque. Learn how his art was underpinned by a striking realism. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Introduction to the Wallace Collection

    Course Date: Tue 19 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the Wallace Collection looking at its fine and decorative art objects, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and even arms and armour. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

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