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Free Young People's Workshops

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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


Upcoming Workshops

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.

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If you are offered a place on this workshop, please note that it will take place at The Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House (WC2R 0RN). Directions and further details will be sent to you!

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


Art History Summer University 2020

 

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

Spend one week working closely with world-leading experts, gallery curators and museum professionals, as well as current undergraduate and post graduate students from The Courtauld!

• Attend taster lectures and seminars
• Access our world-renowned collections and learning resources
• Go on off-site visits to museums and galleries with specialist art historians and curators
• Collaborate on a collections-based research project on the theme of art and identity

Summer University is a great addition to your UCAS form and an invaluable taster of what the arts and humanities can offer you at higher education.

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Previous Insights into Art History workshops

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

Thursday 24th 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.

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     

Previous Insights into Art History workshops

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

Insights into Art History
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

Insights into Art History
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

Insights into Art History
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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