Art history

Our art history programme is growing. We have expanded our architecture provision and our focus beyond western art to include 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. Foreigners in London: Renaissance to Baroque

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the importance of foreigners to the British art scene from the Tudor period to the Baroque. How did artists like Holbein, Dobson, van Somer and van Dyck influence the British School? #arthistory #britishart.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  2. Styles in art

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    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. Can be studied on its own or as a continuation of 'Looking at paintings'.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. The history and meaning of portraiture

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the changing face of the portrait in art history from the early Renaissance to the present. Look at how and why its meaning and function have changed over the years and why artists are still drawn to it despite photography.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. The art and culture of 18th century London

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    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 offisite sessions in museums, galleries and other places in London.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Medieval art and architecture

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Study the art of the era and the architecture of the prominent Gothic cathedrals and medieval buildings of the continent and England.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. London's smaller art collections

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jan 2018
    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. Inspirational women at the National Portrait Gallery

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An alternative look at the collection from the perspective of some of the most outstanding women of the past five hundred years. Explore their lives and their achievements as artists, writers, monarchs, scientists, lawyers.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Focus on: Degas

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Degas’s extraordinary legacy as ‘one of the founders of Impressionism’. His dynamic paintings and sketches of everyday life and activities, and his bold colour experiments will be examined throughout this informative one-day course. #degas #impressionism #arthistory #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Introduction to Tate Modern

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jan 2018
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  10. In depth: early Renaissance

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jan 2018
    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

  11. Focus on: Vermeer

    Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018
    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

  12. Focus on: the art of the Fanzine

    Course Date: Sun 11 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For over 80 years the radical imagery and underground passions of fanzines have defined DIY culture. From their earliest examples to today, we explore content, technique and the relation of ‘zines to wider artistic practices. #arthistory #fanzine #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. A grand day out: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Course Date: Fri 16 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course provides an introduction to the wide range of artworks within the collection at the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Focus on: Bosch

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    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? #arthistory #hieronymusbosch #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Introduction to the history of photography: 1900-1950

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the role of photography in the history of art and artists in the early 20th; how photography was used by painters and how photography developed into an independent art form. #arthistory #photography #historyofphotography.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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