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. Decoding dress: National Gallery   

    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the meanings that cloth and clothing can convey through close consideration of famous paintings (and sitters). Artists from Duccio to Degas have used dress to tell stories, convey character, and help us to tell citizens from kings.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. From the Grand Tour to the Great Exhibition - at the V&A  

    Course Date: Fri 10 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore how generations of 'Grand Tourists' were inspired by their travels, and transformed architecture and design in Britain on their return.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Focus on: Cindy Sherman

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the work of photographer, model and filmmaker Cindy Sherman, looking at her key works, the context in which they were created and her roles as both model and photographer.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Movements in art: the Pre-Raphaelites

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 12 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Victorian England’s foremost avant-gardists, the Pre-Raphaelites. Discover their origins and literary inspirations, the models they loved and lost, and some of their most important works.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Collecting art for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 12 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Everything you wanted to know about collecting contemporary art, but were afraid to ask: How and where to buy art in today’s marketplace. Know your lithographs from your etchings, auctions from online and commission from conservation.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £179.00

  6. Think like an artist: in early Mughal India

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at the formation of the Mughal school of painting in India under the patronage of early rulers of the dynasty focusing on key artists in the royal ateliers.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Decoding dress: clothing and culture at the V&A

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the V&A’s rich collection of garments, artworks and objects, and forge connections between them. Learn what such clothing felt like to wear, and how difficult it is to display, through discussion drawn from contemporary accounts, diaries and letters.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Art walks: printmaking in 18th century London

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the bustling intellectual, political and artistic culture of 18th century London by walking in the steps of its most celebrated printmakers: William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson and Isaac Cruikshank.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  9. London artists and their locals: the capital’s historic pubs

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Forget galleries or museums, surely the capital’s greatest institution is the traditional London pub! Explore quirky histories and wonderful architecture via some of London’s finest pubs, and the artists who drank there.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  10. Friday lates: Islamic art at the V&A

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 17 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Spend a summer’s evening finding out about art outside Europe, in particular the V&A’s fascinating and extensive collection of Islamic art objects.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  11. An introduction to contemporary art concepts

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation. Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Movements in art: Impressionism

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the work of a controversial group of painters working in and around Paris from the late 1860s and 1870s and explore how these artists re-thought their creative practice in response to modern life.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Movements in art: Post-Impressionism

    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat are all called Post-Impressionists, yet each had different styles and preoccupations. Explore their work and lives and learn why they left such a valuable legacy.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Movements in art: Cubism and Futurism

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cubism and Futurism are pivotal movements in the history of modern art – encapsulating all the promise and peril of the 20th century’s devastating birth, and even helping rewrite perceptions of space and time.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Contemporary art in London summer exhibitions

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore and discuss some of London's newest and most exciting summer art exhibitions, at cutting edge venues across the capital.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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