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. Think like an artist: in 19th century Britain

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the artistic world of 19th century Britain from the perspective of the artist. How did an artist train? What did it take to be successful? What new demands and challenges did leading artists face? Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. Focus on: Botticelli

    Focus on: Botticelli

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botticelli created some of the most enduring mythological paintings of the Florentine Renaissance. Trace his painting career and discover the impact of first the Medici, then Savonarola, on his output. Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Change must come: art, politics and society

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an exploration of art history, drawing on specific politically and socially significant periods, artists and works. We will conclude with an engagement with contemporary art and politics.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Arts of the empire-builders: Timurids, Safavids and Mughals

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Patronage under the Timurids, Safavids and Mughals marked a definitive period in the development of the arts and culture of the Islamic world. This course looks at the visual ‘brands’ that characterised these important empires.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. The art and culture of the Victorians

    The art and culture of the Victorians

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the fascinating world of the Victorians and their legacy, exploring fine art, design, architecture, and literature through gallery visits.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. The art and culture of 18th century London

    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore Georgian painting, sculpture and architecture, and consider them within the context of the history and culture of the 18th century in offsite sessions in museums, galleries and other places in London.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. In depth: early Renaissance

    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the incredible progress of early Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting and decorative arts and the background to the Renaissance. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  9. Anselm Kiefer- The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (Photo: Heinz Bunse)

    20th century German art

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore 20th century German art, from movements such as Expressionism and Dadaism to artists like Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer, through a mixture of lectures, discussions and a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Friday Lates: the Bauhaus in London

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 24 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Staatliches Bauhaus opened its doors in Weimar, Germany in 1919. Fourteen years later it was shut down by the Nazis. Celebrate 100 years of Modernism in architecture and design and discover how Bauhaus style spread to London.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  11. Key architects you should know

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study significant contributors - including Wren, Pugin, Gaudi and Le Corbusier - to Western architectural styles, from Gothic to postmodern, considering function and materials as well as social, political and cultural contexts. This course includes building visits.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. Introduction to the art of art history - part 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is an introduction to Art History as an academic discipline. Students will study artworks from a variety of approaches, considering such aspects as formal analysis, material studies, and social, cultural and artistic contexts.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Focus on: Leonardo da Vinci

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Artist, scientist, and ‘Renaissance Man’ Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest minds in history. We look at his inspirations, his theories and some of his major works.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed. Image: Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time by Bronzino

    Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings, in paintings from medieval to Baroque and beyond.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Gods and heroes in classical art

    Gods and heroes from Classical to Renaissance art

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the fascinating gods and heroes of classical and post-classical art through relevant works in the British Museum and National Gallery. How popular were they in classical society? What roles did they play? This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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