Art history

Art History Courses in London

Interested in art history? Then why not browse our extensive range of art history courses, to explore debates and discover the work of some of the greatest artists of all time. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available at our main learning centre in London's cultural heart - Covent Garden – and also take place in many of London’s galleries and museums, as well as online.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design
    Course Date: Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover how architects and designers in the interwar period reacted to both cultural and societal change. Explore the experimental world of architecture and design in the art deco and Bauhaus period.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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    80% of 100
  2. Art in Britain 1918-1945 - The Interwar years and WWII
    Course Date: Fri 21 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the art of British modern artists and their relationship to the art of continental Europe 1918–1950. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Friday lates: art, war and creativity
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 21 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Delve into the creative humanity of artists working during the Blitz; from Henry Moore and Lee Miller to the dozens of government-employed ‘war-artists’, we explore the insight of artistic expression in war.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  4. London's smaller galleries: Leighton House
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A Palace of Art built for the Olympian Giant of the Victorian art world but also a place to live and work. This short course provides a fascinating exploration of Leighton’s world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  5. Change must come: art, politics and society
    Course Date: Wed 26 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  6. Friday lates: Joseph Beuys and his coyote - charlatan or prophet?
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 28 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the work of one of the most controversial figures of post-war art, a passionate believer in the power of art to transform the world, an artist whose work remains a vital reference for many artists today.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  7. Focus on: modern design
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Study the dominant design aesthetic of the twentieth century, considering its development, successes and failures. Movements will include Russian Constructivism, the Bauhaus and Purism. Design practices will include graphics, furniture and architecture.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  8. Fakes and forgeries
    Course Date: Mon 7 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Investigate the boundaries between fact, fakes and fictions in art, looking at different interpretations of authenticity.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
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  9. The beastly Renaissance - the meaning of animals in Renaissance art
    Course Date: Mon 7 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Beasts are everywhere in the art of the Renaissance. Discover why they are there and how artists created the painted and sculpted menageries of both real and imaginary creatures that populate Renaissance art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  10. Heavenly bodies: relics and reliquary sculpture in medieval Europe
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Considered more valuable than gold or any precious gem, the limbs, heads, teeth and blood of holy bodies were more than mere novelties in medieval Europe. This course will look at the means by which their profound power was displayed, with a particular focus on sculpture.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Europe and the East: Renaissance to 19th century
    Course Date: Tue 8 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An exploration of five centuries of trade and cultural exchange between the Islamic East and Europe, looking at their impacts on the arts, sciences, scholarship, taste and technology.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Spanish art in the shadow of Franco (1936-2000)
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the development of Spanish art from Picasso’s 1937 'Guernica' to the installations of Juan Muñoz in the 1980s and 1990s. We will focus on key episodes highlighting General Franco’s impact on Spanish art 1936-2000.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  13. Art and science
    Course Date: Thu 10 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    From Leonardo to Sigmund Freud we will uncover creative and aesthetic similarities in the disciplines of Art and Science, and see how their collaborations show us the links between innovation and imagination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  14. Friday lates: art and alchemy: from the ancient to today
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 11 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Delve into a magical world of hidden secrets and bizarre symbolism as we distil the heady mix that is art and alchemy; from early manuscripts and renaissance paintings, to the surrealists and contemporary art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  15. Focus on: 19th-century fashion
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00

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