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Elucidations 2019


NEW for 2019! Elucidations, a Learning Resource exploring The Courtauld’s historic collection with 21st century eyes. For students and teachers alike. Contact education@courtauld.ac.uk for your hard copy.

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Courtauld Portraiture Toolkit

Our Learning Department uses a combination of art history and practical art-based approaches to uncover the intentions and processes behind works of art, and to demonstrate that these approaches are not mutually exclusive. This method underpins the content and structure of this Portraiture Toolkit which comprises of; 4 Discuss sheets to help develop the art historical skills of looking, thinking and discussing works of art; a further 2 Create sheets addressing collage, printing and sketchbook skills; and lastly, 4 rich Artist’s Perspective sheets featuring conversations with contemporary artists who work on our learning programme, to demonstrate how art from the past can still be relevant today.

These 10 distinct sections are accompanied by a Portraiture Timeline which provides an overview of the major developments in portraiture using the Courtauld Collection, whilst highlighting key themes, technical advances, and the associated cultural and historical context. The resource also includes a library of 40 images of portraits in the Courtauld Collection, to be used in conjunction with these activities.

Download the Courtauld Portraiture Toolkit

Download the Courtauld Portraiture Timeline

Please email education@courtauld.ac.uk with your name, school’s name and address if you would like to be posted a hard copy of the resource.



Art and Maths in the Courtauld Collection

This learning resource reveals the fascinating connections between art and maths by exploring The Courtauld Gallery’s collections of Islamic metalwork and Italian Maiolica ceramics, and demonstrates how they can encourage your students to appreciate mathematics as an inter-connected discipline with a wide range of creative applications that can be used in school.

The accompanying lesson plan and student workbook relates to upper Key Stage 2 but can be adapted to suit other stages of learning.

Download the Art and Maths in the Courtauld Collection Learning Resource

Download the Art and Maths Lesson Plan

Download the Creative Connections Workbook, which includes various mathematical activities for students, based on designs in the Courtauld Collection

Download the Art and Maths Powerpoint Presentation to use in class or share with students


Face to Face: Portraits in The Courtauld Collection

The Face to Face: Portraits in The Courtauld Collection learning resource is for teachers to read and learn about the history of portraiture through The Courtauld Collection. This resource looks at different historical and social contexts to help develop a greater understanding of what portraiture is and how it has changed over time.

Face to Face: Portraiture in The Courtauld Collection  Learning Resource

The Face to Face: Portraits in The Courtauld Collection PowerPoint can be used in class or shared with your students.


Our Learning Resources archive below focuses on the Gallery’s past exhibition programme, expanding on a key theme from an exhibition and exploring it in relation to the permanent collection.


Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys
19 October 2017 – 21 January 2018
Artist and Sitter Learning Resource



Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement
20 October 2016 – 22 January 2017
The Body in Motion Learning Resource
The Body in Motion Powerpoint Presentation



Peter Lanyon: Experiencing Landscape
15 October 2015 – 17 January 2016
Experiencing the Landscape Learning Resource




See our archive for further resources 

Regarde! Resources

These Regarde! activities are all connected to specific works in The Courtauld Gallery collection. They are taken from our Teachers Resources produced during our temporary exhibitions. Feel free to download or browse through these resources to prepare or follow up on a visit to our gallery.

The Courtauld Cézannes: landscapes and the concept of nature in Cézanne’s works
Cézanne, The Card Players
Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril at the entrance of the Moulin Rouge and ‘Gay Paris’
The Omega workshop and Post-Impressionism
Florentine wedding chests, The Courtauld Cassoni
Women in French drawings from the 18th and 19th century
Michelangelo, The Dream – Love sonnets in the early 16th century – IN ITALIAN
Mondrian in Paris, 1911 – 1940
Poetry in Post-War France, Jacques Prevert

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