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THE COURSE (UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING THE VISUAL ARTS)

Welcome to The Course, London
Part-Time Art History Courses London

As someone who is interested in art history and the visual arts, you'll find our range of lectures and courses exciting, stimulating and enriching.

Perhaps you already have a history of art degree. Or you have previously taken courses elsewhere. Maybe you have never studied the visual arts before but you're passionate about a particular period, style or artist.

Whatever your background, you'll find our courses will challenge you to see the arts in new ways. Established in 1994, The Course programmes take a fresh and innovative approach and encourage lively debate and discussion.

They also cross over into literature, music and opera. Our groups are small, informal and friendly and of course you'll have the opportunity to socialise and exchange ideas with like-minded people who share your interest and enthusiasm for the visual arts.

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We arrange bespoke visits for academic bodies, specialist clubs and societies. If you prefer individual tuition, we can also arrange this at your convenience anywhere, anytime.

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The Course training courses

48 training courses found

The Course / The History & Meaning of Portraiture: Leonard Da Vinci (art history)

This 10 week course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / Ceramics: Arts & Crafts & Studio Pottery (art history)

Ceramics has been important in European culture for both utilitarian and artistic purposes. This series looks at materials and techniques over the last 500 years and explores some of the key aspects of production in the history of European culture - tin glazed wares produced in Italy during the C16th, the pioneering development of factories at Meissen, Sevres and Wedgwood and the explosion of production and creativity that occurred in C19th Britain.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / The Arts of Christianity, Old Testament 1 (Art History)

No single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / Ceramics:Masters of 18th C European Porcelain (art history)

Ceramics has been important in European culture for both utilitarian and artistic purposes. This series looks at materials and techniques over the last 500 years and explores some of the key aspects of production in the history of European culture - tin glazed wares produced in Italy during the C16th, the pioneering development of factories at Meissen, Sevres and Wedgwood and the explosion of production and creativity that occurred in C19th Britain.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts: Bali & Java(art history)

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MYTHOLOGY & SYMBOLISM IN ART: Secrets of the Old Masters Revealed / PATRONAGE AND PRIVILEGE (Art History)

What do all the signs and symbols in paintings mean, if indeed they are there, and why is there an enduring fascination with Greek mythology in the visual arts? It can all seem somewhat impenetrable. This course will delve into what these hidden meanings really are.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / The Arts of Christianity: Signs and Symbols (Art History)

No single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / The Arts of Christianity : The Forms of the Church (Art History)

No single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts:Laos (art history)

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / The Arts of Christianity, Introduction (Art History)

No single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / The History & Meaning of Portraits: the rise and fall of Botticelli (Art History)

This ten week course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts: BURMA AND THAILAND (art history)

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / Creation: Birds and Beasts (art history)

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / The History & Meaning of Portraiture: early portraiture (art history)

This 10 week course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / Ceramics:Materials and Techniques (art history)

Ceramics has been important in European culture for both utilitarian and artistic purposes. This series looks at materials and techniques over the last 500 years and explores some of the key aspects of production in the history of European culture - tin glazed wares produced in Italy during the C16th, the pioneering development of factories at Meissen, Sevres and Wedgwood and the explosion of production and creativity that occurred in C19th Britain.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts : Cambodia (art history)

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs.

  • Study level: Not applicable
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / The Arts of Christianity, New Testament (Art History)

No single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / The Arts of Christianity, For all the saints (Art History)

No single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / History & Meaning of Portraiture: Titian to Van Dyck (art history)

This 10 week course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
The Course / The History & Meaning of Portraiture: Josephy Wright of Derby (art history)

This 10 week course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography.

  • Study level: Intermediate
  • Duration of training: 2 hours
  • Study mode: Part time day
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