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Art History for All

A specialist learning programme designed for schools and colleges outside London


The Courtauld Institute of Art is a world-class university specialising in the study of Art History, Conservation, and Curating, with its own world famous art collection and exceptional study resources. We want to share this with teachers and students across the UK.

Art History for All is a lively and wide-ranging programme designed for schools and colleges outside Greater London. The programme is usually delivered directly in your classroom. However, as a result of the impact of Covid-19, we are currently developing a comprehensive online offer to ensure that we continue to work with and support all our partner schools and colleges in 2020/21.


Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Oil on canvas, 60.5 x 50 cm © The Courtauld Gallery, London

Introducing students to the exciting opportunities surrounding art history, our workshops include critical looking, art historical methodologies, contextual research and presentation skills, careers after art history, and a mini curating project based on a gallery visit near you. This is a flexible programme ranging from a two hour, half-day or one-day immersive workshop to longer projects across an academic year.

We also encourage and support a visit to your local museum, heritage site, or gallery, where possible, to extend students’ experience of visual analysis and their ability to learn from real objects. Please note that we will be piloting a virtual gallery visit for 2020/21.




Our Art History for All programme is:

  • Suitable for Key Stages 4 & 5, EPQ, Access to HE
  • Free of charge for non-selective state schools, sixth form and further education colleges
  • Minimum 10 students per session (we can accommodate multiple classes on the same day, where possible)
  • Cross-curricular: open to students studying Art & Design, Classics, English Literature, Health and Health Sciences, History, Languages, Midwifery, Photography, and Politics.
  • Advance booking is essential (minimum notice 4-6 weeks)

Workshops extend and enrich Art and Design and Humanities curricula and are particularly beneficial in developing highly transferable skills such as visual literacy, knowledge, research and presentation skills and confidence for the critical and contextual component of the Art and Design GCSE, A-level, BTEC, Access to HE, and for the EPQ. Examples of themes drawn from The Courtauld Gallery’s collection include, but are not limited to:

  • Portraiture and Identity
  • Art and Politics
  • Experiencing Landscape
  • The Body in Art
  • Challenging Narratives
  • Research and Study Skills

Teachers will receive a hard copy of The Courtauld’s specialist Learning Resources to support follow up activities.

For further information, and to discuss how we can tailor themes to support your curriculum, please contact Helen Higgins, Oak Foundation Young People’s Programme Manager by email or phone 0203 947 7648.

Partner colleges include

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