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Are you aged 16-18 and interested in art and art history?

Join us for a series of FREE one-day workshops that explore a wide variety of themes responding to The Courtauld Gallery Collection. Each day has an exciting focus and a new subject to discover!

We will be working with Courtauld curators, art historians and contemporary artists, learning about career paths in the sector, as well as meeting other young people interested in art and art history.

Any questions? Please contact helen.higgins@courtauld.ac.uk


Corona Virus Update:

We would love to hear from you. What would you like to know more about? Which of our past workshops would you like to see online? Send us your suggestions and we will create online content to inspire you whilst the Courtauld is temporarily closed.

We hope you are safe and well, and look forward to hearing from you soon. 🙂


Upcoming Workshops

Art, Fashion, Architecture | Woman and Power

In Collaboration with the Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich
Suitable for ages 16-18

Join art historians from the Courtauld Gallery and curators of the Queen’s House to explore how three powerful women forged their identities through art, dress, and architecture.

Please note that this workshop will no longer be taking place on Saturday 28 March 2020 due to the temporary closure of Royal Museums Greenwich. However, we are currently developing online content so that you don’t miss out!

If you have already booked a place, we will be in touch. If you haven’t booked a place but would be interested in taking part in our online trial please email education@courtauld.ac.uk for more details. 

 

Images:
Left: The Tulip Staircase, Queen’s House, Greenwich, courtesy Royal Museums Greenwich
Middle: Amran, 2018. Courtesy of Bettina von Zwehl. Commissioned by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Right: The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, circa 1590, courtesy Royal Museums Greenwich


Art History Summer University 2020

Calling all Year 12 students!

Applications are now open for The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Art History Summer University, which runs from Monday 29 June to Friday 03 July 2020.

The Courtauld’s Art History Summer University is a free non-residential course designed for Year 12 students interested in Art History, and thinking of applying to university. It offers students a unique opportunity to experience university life at a leading institute for the study of art history in the UK and across the world.

Students spend one week working closely with world-leading experts, gallery curators and professionals, as well as current undergraduate students from The Courtauld. They will attend taster lectures, seminars, gallery visits, and workshops, as well as undertaking a collections-based research project on the theme of Art and Identity.

It is a great addition to any UCAS form no matter the subject they plan to study and an invaluable taster of what the arts and humanities offer at higher education.

Applications close on Friday 22 May 2020.

Find out more and apply here

If you have any questions contact Helen Higgins, Young People’s Programme Manager on helen.higgins@courtauld.ac.uk or education@courtauld.ac.uk.

This programme is part of The Courtauld Institute of Art’s widening participation initiative, generously funded by a charitable trust.


Previous Insights into Art History workshops

Fashion and Identity | Japan: East and West


Saturday 7 March 2020, 10:45am – 4.30pm

Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, Exhibition Road, SW7 2RL
Suitable for ages 16-18
Workshop includes free entry to the V&A Museum’s ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk‘ exhibition

This workshop explores Japanese fashion from both an Eastern and a Western perspective. We will visit the exhibition ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk‘ exhibition and use it as our starting point to explore the museum as a site of power, and the hierarchies embedded within the display of fashion. We will discuss key ideas relating to fashion and modernity, imperialism and orientalism, cultural appropriation and the Western gaze.

We will discover how fashion illustrations, flats and pattern pieces are used in the construction of garments and have a go at making our own contemporary responses.

Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Oil on canvas © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Toya Walker, The McQueen, 2014 © Toya Walker, London


Drawing on Art History

Wednesday 19 February 2020, 11.45-16.30
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square
Suitable for ages 16-18

The Courtauld holds one of the most impressive collections of prints and drawings in the UK, and we want to share this with you!

This one-day workshop will introduce you to a wide range of approaches to drawing and printmaking and a unique chance to view the original works up close in our Object Study Room, with Courtauld Curator Dr Rachel Sloan.

Artists include Sofonisba Anguissola, Rembrandt, J.M.W Turner, William Hogarth, Paul Gauguin, and Edouard Manet.

As well as carrying out research into works first-hand, you will also have an opportunity to create your own artistic responses in a range of media through a series of artist-led workshops.

If you are offered a place on this workshop, please note that it will take place at The Courtauld Institute of Art at Vernon Square (WC1X 9EW). Directions and further details will be sent to you!

Images:
Walter Sickert (1860 – 1942), Portrait of Henri Rochefort, 1893. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Albrecht Durer (1471 – 1528), Self-portrait at 26, 1497, unkown engraver. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London 
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901), Au lit, 1896. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London


Experiencing Landscape | Reconstructing Cezanne

Saturday 07 December 2019, 10.30-16.30
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House
Suitable for ages 16-18

The Courtauld holds the most important group of works by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) in Britain. This one-day workshop will explore Cézanne’s innovative approaches to landscape and investigate the impact his work has had on successive generations of artists.

Uncover the history of landscape painting, take part in a free tour of the Reconstructing Cezanne exhibition and work with Courtauld Paper Conservator, Kate Edmondson and contemporary artist Alex Blum to gain unexpected glimpses into the artist’s creative process. You will also have an opportunity to create your own artistic responses, and learn top tips on how to sketch from original artworks in a gallery.

Images:
Paul Cezanne (1838-1906), Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine, 1887 (circa), Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Richard Long (b.1945), A Line Made by Walking, 1967, Copyright: © Richard Long


Portraiture & Identity | Challenging Gauguin

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Te Rerioa, 1897, Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Saturday 16 November 2019, 10.30-16.30
The National Gallery
Suitable for ages 16-18

Famous French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) revolutionised portraiture through painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics, but is it wrong to admire his work, given the controversial life he led in Tahiti?

The one-day workshop includes a free tour of the Gauguin Portraits exhibition at the National Gallery and the chance to work with an art historian and contemporary artist to explore identity and symbolism through portraiture with the context of Gauguin’s colonial and patriarchal privilege.


Art & Politics | Art in the Service of the Russian Revolution

Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927), The Bolshevik, 1920, Copyright: © The Tretyakov Gallery

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 16.30-19.30
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square
Suitable for ages 16-18

Extinction rebellion has the red brigade. #MeToo has the red robes from the Handmaid’s Tale. Donald Trump has his red baseball cap. This workshop will unravel the connections between visual culture and politics, looking at the ways in which images can propel protest movements as well as populist regimes.


Cityscapes | Art & Architecture

ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND DRAWING WORKSHOP
Thursday 24th October 2019, 10.45-16.30
Suitable for ages 16-18

Please note: this workshop will take place at the Guildhall Art Gallery (EC2V 5AE)

Join art historian Francesca Herrick and artist Alexandra Blum for a lively architectural history study day based at the Guildhall Art Gallery. As part of the day you will:

Visit the Guildhall Art Gallery for a special tour of their Architecture of London exhibition.

Take part in an architecture walk around the City of London; unearth Roman London, navigate the Barbican Centre and discover new buildings about radically alter London’s skyline!

Collaborate with contemporary artist Alexandra Blum to find out how she uses drawing to explore London’s urban spaces and buildings and create your own series of drawings in response.

Alexandra Blum, 27.1.11 – 18th floor, the Collins’ flat, 2011. Charcoal on paper © Alexandra Blum, 2019
Hayley McColl, The Barbican Centre, 2019 © Hayley McColl, 2019


Colour | From Medieval to Contemporary

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 10.45-16.30
Suitable for ages 16-18

Join art historian Francesca Herrick and artist Helen Higgins for a thought-provoking art history and practical workshop focusing on the power of colour.

Study world-famous works up-close in the National Gallery collection and explore how radically artist’s creation and use of colour has evolved over the last 500 years.

Explore the history of colour through science, psychology, religion and politics and place paintings in context to understand why colour has sometimes been a controversial topic in the history of art.

Learn how to mix your own paints and apply gold leaf to your very own panel painting.

Images:
Jacopo di Cione and workshop, The San Pier Maggiore Altarpiece, 1370-71. Egg tempera on wood. National Gallery, London (detail)
Georges Seurat, Boat by the Riverbank, c.1883. Oil on canvas. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London (detail)
Nadine Mahoney, Curiosity didn’t kill the cat, 2015, oil, acrylic, pigment on canvas. © Nadine Mahoney, 2019     


Portraiture & Expressive Colour

ART HISTORY AND PRACTICAL WORKSHOP
Saturday 30 March 2019, 10.45-16.30

Courtauld Art historian Francesca Herrick and contemporary artist Nadine Mahoney led an exciting one-day art history and practical workshop exploring colour, symbolism and identity through portraiture at our new campus at Vernon Square in King’s Cross.

Read Nadine’s blog post

Image credits: Nadine Mahoney

Drawing on Architecture: Somerset House

ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND DRAWING WORKSHOP
Saturday 9th March 2019, 10.45-16.30

Art historian Francesca Herrick and artist Alexandra Blum led a one-day architectural history and drawing workshop exploring the architecture of Somerset House.

Read our blog post

Image credits: Somerset House Trust

Colour: From Medieval to Contemporary

ART HISTORY WORKSHOP – includes visits to The Courtauld Institute of Art & the National Gallery.
Tuesday 19 February 2019, 10.45am – 4.30pm

Read Fran’s blog post

Image Credits:
Jacopo di Cione and workshop, The San Pier Maggiore Altarpiece, 1370-71. Egg tempera on wood. National Gallery, London (detail)
Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne, 1520-3. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London (detail)
Mark Rothko, Light Red Over Black, 1957. Oil on canvas. Tate Modern, London © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2018

Art, Architecture: Women and Power

in collaboration with the Queen’s House, Royal Museum’s Greenwich

ART HISTORY AND PRACTICAL WORKSHOP
Saturday 19 January 2019, 10.45am – 4.30pm

Read our blog post

Image Credits:
Left: The Courtauld Gallery and Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House, London
Middle: Amran, 2018. Courtesy of Bettina von Zwehl. Commissioned by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Right: The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, circa 1590, courtesy National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Autumn Effect at Argenteuil

Impressionism: Theory and Practice

ART HISTORY WORKSHOP
Tuesday 23 October 2018, 10:45 – 16:00

This included a visit to The Courtauld Impressionists exhibition at the National Gallery.

Van Gogh: Exploring Self

ART HISTORY AND PRACTICAL WORKSHOP
Thursday 25 October 2018, 10:45 – 16:00


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