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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Styles in art

    Styles in art

    Course Date: Tue 28 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. London's smaller art collections

    Course Date: Wed 29 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based course.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Focus on: Giotto

    Focus on: Giotto

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the life and work of Giotto, was one of the earliest artists to be written about within his lifetime, his genius held up as the ideal by Italian painting critics for the next five centuries.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Friday lates: Paula Rego: memories of childhood

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work of one of Britain’s best loved artists, whose paintings of vivid interior and private drama draw on her early years growing up in Portugal under the repressive Catholic dictatorship of General Salazar.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. Anthony van Dyck, Equestrian portrait of Charles I, 1637-38,National Gallery - via Wikimedia Commons

    Worldly goods: art and power in the age of kings

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join our Friday Lates in London museums and galleries to explore the motivations of the great, the ruled and the rulers in this 8-session art history evening course. Max 16 places.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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