Welcome to The Course, London

Part-Time Art History Courses London


We are proud to be the winner of the Business Excellence Awards for Innovation in Adult Learning (2016 ‐ 19) and also for the London Prestige Award 2019‐20

Mary Bromley

Business Excellence Awards Winner 2016
Business Excellence Awards Winner 2017
Business Excellence Awards Winner 2018
Business Excellence Awards Winner 2019
London Prestige Award 2019

Summer lectures (28 April to 2 July, 2020) are going to be delivered online while current circumstances prevail. Book in the usual way and access details will be given. If you need further information, please email, info@thecoursestudies.co.uk

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 an art history 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.

You can attend individual lectures at any time. It is not necessary to book an entire course. Walks are subject to availability and priority is given to those who attend the whole series. Please check with us before booking.

We arrange bespoke visits for academic bodies, specialist clubs and societies. If you prefer individual tuition, or a private guided museum visit or walk, we can also arrange this at your convenience anywhere, anytime.

All our lectures take place at The University Women’s Club http://www.universitywomensclub.com. The Club, near The Dorchester Hotel, is situated at 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB, at the south end of South Audley Street (click here for map). There are parking meters nearby and several NCP car parks in the vicinity. The nearest underground stations are Green Park and Hyde Park Corner with access to the Victoria, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines. Buses stop in Park Lane outside the Dorchester and Hilton Hotels.


Our Lecturers

All our lectures are taught by well-known, well-qualified lecturers who use high quality teaching materials including slides, digital images, video and music.

Want to know more? Please see our lectures and courses. Or get in touch.

Graziella Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, 1878
Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice, c. 1730 Morning in the Village after Snowstorm (Malevich, 1912)

“It is a measure of the quality of your contributors that they can develop a series of lectures about individual aspects of artistic endeavour: history, geography, society, politics, techniques, materials etc, etc without the end product ever feeling “padded”, forced or esoteric. Quite the opposite. The experience is invariably absorbing and enriching.”

“How do you do it? Just when I think the series just ended is the best yet, along comes another which is even better. This has been a marvellous mix of the aesthetic and informative and remains in the memory. Marie-Anne’s lightness of touch belies remarkable erudition – a delight to listen to. The idea of wearing the subject colour is fun and starts you thinking about the lecture long before it begins. Notes exemplary”

“A captivating study of the art world through the prism of colour. You have given me a new dimension to appreciating art”

“Absolutely fascinating approach, which I have never seen before”

“Interesting, challenging and well run”

“I do not think The Course could be improved. The organization, lecturers and venue are all first class”

“Erudite, articulate, thought-provoking. I would recommend THE COURSE without reservation”

“Thank you for making my week so much more interesting and fulfilling. I am SO enjoying the course and already look forward to next term”

“Fabulously insightful to the artists and their lives. Wonderfully articulated. Nicole gives Vasari a run for his money.”

Lectures and Courses

Art, Life & Literature on the Cote d’Azur

St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, Somerset Maugham, Seurat, Clive & Vanessa Bell, Colette & Francoise Sagan, Virginia Woolf, Pierre Bonnard, Monet, Antibes, Chateau Grimaldi, Francoise Gilot, Cole Porter, Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, Jean-Michel Folon, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Ben Vautier, Nikki de St. Phalle, Jean Cocteau, Eileen Gray, Villefranche’s Welcome Hotel, Le Corbusier
28 April – 30 June 2020

The Art Of Venice

Constantinople, Byzantium, Basilica of San Marco, Assunta at Torcello, Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Palaces on the Grand Canal, Venice Carnival, glass works of Murano, 'Most Serene Republic of Venice' Venetian lay confraternities scuole, Vittore Carpaccio Tintoretto, casa-fondaco, Canaletto
29 April – 3 June 2020

“Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal”

Leonardo da Vinci, Manet, Rodin, Bacon, Emin, Perry, Warhol, Levine, Dali
30 April – 2 July 2020

Prints, Art and Politics

Raphael Michelangelo, Louis XIV, Versailles, Royal C,ollections, Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, mezzotints, Reynolds, Zoffany, Gainsborough, Romney, satirical print, Brueghel, Dürer, Steen, Hogarth, Gillray, Rowlandson, Cruickshank, Blake, Goya, Daumier, Rembrandt, Van der Velde, Hercules Seghers, Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough, William Hodges, JMW Turner, Degas, Pissarro, Cassatt, Renoir, Morisot, Bracquemond, Manet, Whistler printmaking techniques, black and white etchings, aquatints, color lithographs
10 June – 1 July 2020

Desire & Longing In Art

Brancusi, Magritte, Rodin, Klimt, Bouguereau, Brueghel, Tuxen, O’Keeffe, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, Man Ray, Lee Miller, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Hogarth, Paula Rego, Holman Hunt, Augustus Leopold, Durer, Aubrey Beardsley, Ingres, Delacroix, Gérome, Gauguin
22 September – 24 November 2020

Introduction To Garden History

Mediaeval Garden, Renaissance Garden, Baroque Garden, Landscape Garden, Picturesque Garden, Victorian Garden, Edwardian Britain, 20th Century
24 September – 26 November 2020

Orientalism, Chinoiserie & Japonism: The Western View Of Asian Arts

Orientalism, Chinoiserie, Japonism, Post-Modernism
7 October – 25 November 2020

“Towers, Terror, Technology: French Art And Experience”

France, Eiffel Tower, Gothic architecture, Watteau, Boucher, Boulle furniture, Napoleon, Cubism, Louis XIV, Versailles, Lorraine, Poussin, Rococco, Gericault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Cezanne, Gauguin, Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp
12 January – 16 March 2021

Look Here Upon This Picture: How Shakespeare’s Plays Have Been Inspirational For Painters

Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Anthony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Othello
13 January – 17 March 2021

Personal Identity And The Art Of The West

Status of the artist, the church, modern technology, psychology, personal identity
14 January – 11 February 2021

The Five Stages Of Classical British Architecture

Roman London, Inigo Jones, Palladio, Wren, British Baroque, Fenton House, Burgh House, St. Martin-in-the-Fields St Mary le Strand. Somerset House, the Adelphi. Australia House, South Africa House
18 February – 18 March 2021

The Jazz Age: From The Roaring 20s To The Great Depression

Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Sidney Bechet, King Oliver, Buddy Bolden, Gramophone; Debussy, Stravinsky; New Orleans’s Red Light District Storyville, New York, Chicago, Jazz Music, George Gershwin, Ashcan Painters, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Sheeler, Edward Hopper, The Charleston F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Tamara Lempicka, Georgia O’keeffe, Zelda Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, Wall Street Crash, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Paul Whiteman, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk,Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald
20 April – 22 June 2021

Michelangelo Buonarotti: His Art, Influences & Rivals

Ghirlandaio, Medici Sculpture Garden, National Gallery, The Pieta and David sculptures, Battle Of Cascina, Sistine Chapel, San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel, Daniel da Volterra, Sebastiano del Piombo. Mannerism, Pellegrino Tibaldi, Bronzino, Girolamo Francesco
22 April – 24 June 2021

Exploring The Musical Baroque And Classical Periods

Baroque and Classical music
28 April – 5 May 2021

The Art Market: Past, Present & Future

Auction houses, art market, Sothebys, Christies, Bonhams
26 May – 23 June 2021

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