Appreciate art through learning

Our Art History courses will give you a deeper understanding of what you're looking at. When it comes to art, everyone's has their own opinion on which artist is better than the other, and what their most famous work signifies.

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Through exploring the world of art history, you'll be learning about why pieces are made in the first place and what the pieces mean. You will also examine how that’s changed over a period of time, as well as the impact it’s had on society. 

You’ll be taught about many of the aspects from the art creation process, such as the materials used in artworks, and how different kinds of artists contribute differently in expressing their ideas through freehand drawing or digital media. 

Whether you're a seasoned art appreciator or a newbie, there's something here for everyone. From exploring art painted by Salvador Dali or learning all about the history of Nordic Art from the Viking era, we have a selection of online and in-person art history courses from different decades to choose from.  

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Whether you choose to learn from the comfort of your own home, or opt for a space in your local community, you’ll be taught by a talented tutor who is an expert in their field. 

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Your tutor will encourage you to develop an understanding of Art History that goes beyond what's on the surface, motivating you to truly immerse yourself in the subject. It’s our learning experience that sets us apart too, with an encouraging environment that ensures you attend each session with the excitement to learn.   

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History: Art, Architecture and Photography in the 1930s

This course aims to introduce you to the work of artists, architects and photographers of the 1930s, with close attention to historical context. It is suitable for both those who are new to the history of art, and for students who may have previously attended art history courses.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 14/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St Lawrence Parish Rooms (Winchester)
Colebrook Street
Winchester
SO23 9LH
Tutor:
Michaela Cranmer
Course code:
Q00009648
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £40.00

Art Appreciation: World Heritage Architecture in Britain

A survey of remarkable architecture in England, Wales and Scotland celebrated in World Heritage sites. We will include the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Edward I’s Castles in Wales, Durham Cathedral and Castle, Blenheim Palace, the City of Bath, the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh – and the Palace of Westminster. Listing is decided by a committee established under UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention. We will look in detail at how these architectural sites have been awarded this World Heritage status and consider what may have justified this distinction. This course will combine short lectures with discussion sessions, backed by colour-illustrated notes.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 28/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Marlow Community Association (Marlow)
Liston Hall
Chapel Street
Marlow
SL7 1DD
Tutor:
Keith Hasted
Course code:
Q00012195
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £45.00

Art Appreciation: Local Artists - Colchester

This 5-week course delves into the works of five local artists, featuring Ron Sims, John Nash, Mick Smee, Lucy Harwood, and Joyce Pallot. Each week explores key art concepts including, composition and symbolism through samples of their work. You will engage in group discussions, take notes, and recall information. By course end, you will be able to list local artists, explain their practices, compare and contrast artworks, analyse key elements, evaluate artists, and select a favourite piece.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 23/02/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
10:15am - 12:15pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Maidenburgh Street
Colchester
CO1 1TT
Tutor:
Abbie Cairns
Course code:
Q00013707
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Art Appreciation: Women in Art - 1550 - 2000

Who were the women artists? Why do we know so little about them? Who has not wondered why it is that women have not featured in the story telling of Art except as muses and as models? The course will cover the periods of the late Renaissance, the Seventeenth century, and the mid Nineteenth century until the present day. Gain an insight into ways in which art education, studio set ups, and the writing about art have enabled some members of society to become well known and others obscure. This course is for anyone with an interest in either Art and its history, or women’s issues.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 24/02/2024 -
Sat 24/02/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Swaffham Community Centre (Swaffham)
Iceni Partnership
Campingland
Swaffham
PE37 7RB
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013239
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £25.00

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History: British Architecture in India

This lecture will look at the variety of architectural styles adopted by the British for public and private buildings during the period of the Empire in India.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 02/03/2024 -
Sat 02/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St John's United Reform Church Orpington
Lynwood Grove
Orpington
BR6 0BG
Tutor:
Prasannajit De Silva
Course code:
Q00012135
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

History: Klimt & Vienna's Golden Age

This course offers an insight into Gustav Klimt and how his paintings of women, landscapes and portraits, created controversy behind the scenes. Set in a relaxed environment, this course is a great way to learn something new, socialise with others and gain confidence in a group setting.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 02/03/2024 -
Sat 02/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Minster (Grimsby)
St James Square
Grimsby
DN31 1EP
Tutor:
Tim Stimson
Course code:
Q00009393
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.00

Art Appreciation: The Birth in Florence of the Italian Renaissance (Tadley Branch)

This Day School by guest speaker Mike Grundy describes the Early Renaissance in Italy, which saw the astonishing flowering of art, architecture and literature in Florence that lasted from the 13th to the 15th century and beyond. Students will learn how this explosion of high culture was made possible by the increasing wealth of Florence in the period from trade and finance and by the focus of the leading individuals of the city on Humanist thinking. This movement developed alongside the prevailing dominance in the arts of religious thinking and subject matter, but allowed more importance to be given to Man, his stories, works, tragedies and achievements.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 08/03/2024 -
Fri 08/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Ambrose Allen Centre (Tadley)
2 Franklin Avenue
Tadley
RG26 4ET
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013752
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Art Appreciation: American Artists in Britain

A number of American artists forged successful and influential careers in Britain, and we will discuss examples of their work dating from the 1760s to the 1910s. Come along and join this engaging and informative online course where you can learn something new and socialise with other like-minded people.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 09/03/2024 -
Sat 09/03/2024
Times:
9:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Prasannajit De Silva
Course code:
Q00009549
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.90

Art Appreciation: The Colour Blue in Western Art Throughout the Years

How have painters used blue throughout the years? Where did the blue pigments they used come from? When did Mary start wearing a blue dress? Join us to find the answers to these questions, and learn all about the colour blue in art. This lecture retraces the story of blue in Western arts, from Antiquity to the present. We will reflect upon the changing meaning(s) given to this colour. We will also evoke the different materials used to create a whole range of blue pigments: from ultramarine and cobalt to Prussian blue and Yves Klein Blue.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 09/03/2024 -
Sat 09/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00009786
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £7.40

Art Appreciation: The Art Historical Canon

Why are some artists and artworks regarded as more ‘important’ than others? Who decides and on what basis? What criteria underlie such judgements, and how stable are they? What are the implications of all this? If you want to know the answers, come along and join the class discussion. This course gives you the ability to learn something new and meet new people.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 14/03/2024 -
Thu 14/03/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Caterham Baptist Church (Caterham)
4 Beechwood Road
Caterham
CR3 6NA
Tutor:
Prasannajit De Silva
Course code:
Q00009397
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40