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Art History for All

An outreach programme designed for schools and colleges outside of London


Art History for All is an outreach programme designed for schools and colleges outside London, delivered directly in your classroom.

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

The Courtauld Institute of Art is the world’s leading centre for the study of art history and conservation with its own world famous art collection and exceptional study resources. We want to share this with you!

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.

  • Key Stages 4 & 5, EPQ, Access to HE
  • Delivered directly in your school or college
  • Minimum 10 students per session (we can accommodate multiple classes on the same day where possible)
  • Free of charge for non-selective state schools, sixth form and further education colleges
  • 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 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 Challenging Narratives, Portraiture and Identity, The Body in Art, Society and Politics, 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.

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