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. London's hidden art and architecture

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Uncover a whole new side of London, from Roman times to the present day through a series of walks and visits to art galleries and historic sites.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. Extended history of modern art in 50 works

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This gallery-based course looks at some iconic examples of 20th century art, architecture, and design to trace a chronological history of modern art.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Italian Renaissance drawing: design, form and function

    Italian Renaissance drawing: design, form and function

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Behind every great Renaissance painting is an equally astounding, some would say greater, Renaissance drawing. Indeed artists were judged firstly not by the quality of their paintings but by their grasp of, and skill in, drawing. Discover more about why and how great Renaissance works were created.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  8. Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent

    Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent

    Course Date: Mon 11 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the fascinating world of Indian and Islamic art and the cross-cultural links not only between neighbouring countries but also with the art of Europe. Includes a museum visit.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  9. A day of: 20th-century fashion

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ever-changing statement of identity that was twentieth-century fashion through the study of key designers and significant social and political events that shaped the clothes we wore.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Focus on: Vermeer

    Focus on: Vermeer

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Master of stillness and light, author of only 35, maybe 36, known works, Vermeer’s art continues to fascinate. Discover his life and works in the context of the Dutch Golden Age.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Pioneering women at the National Portrait Gallery  

    Course Date: Wed 20 May 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Meet some of history's most inspiring women, not only well-known pioneers but also women over the past five hundred years whose stories have been forgotten. Discover and celebrate their achievements.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  12. Focus on: Bosch

    Focus on: Bosch

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can knowledge of the society in which Hieronymus Bosch lived and worked help us understand his bizarre paintings? Was he suffering from mental illness or merely using visual metaphors we can no longer understand?
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Introduction to the art of art history - part 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a variety of art movements, from Neo-Classicism to Abstract Expressionism through an introductory study of the writing of art theorists and commentators who have made a significant contribution to Art History as a discipline.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Design evolutions: Arts and Crafts to Art Deco

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the design reform movements – Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco – and analyse a wide range of products, including fashion and textiles, graphics, architecture and furniture. Includes a museum visit.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI

    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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