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

Join the Courtauld’s Young People’s Programme for our very first series of FREE ONLINE Insights into Art History workshops and discover new insights into world-famous artworks in the The Courtauld Gallery Collection.

We will be collaborating virtually with Courtauld curators, art historians and contemporary artists to explore the importance of art history and creative practice, as well as learning about career paths in the sector, and meeting other young people interested in art and art history.

These events are free, but booking is essential due to popular demand. Details of how to log in will be sent to those who have signed up 48 hours prior to the event.​

Any questions? Please contact Helen Higgins, our Young People’s Programme Manager: helen.higgins@courtauld.ac.uk

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Upcoming Workshops

Van Gogh | Exploring Self

Online Workshop – with the Courtauld Institute of Art
Suitable for ages 16-18

Why do artists create self-portraits? Uncover the story behind Van Gogh’s world famous Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear through a closer look at his self-portraits and letters, with art historian and Young People’s Programme Manager, Helen Higgins.

Explore Van Gogh’s incredible use of light and sophisticated mark-making with artist Alexandra Blum, who will demonstrate how she uses self-portraiture as part of her practice and collaborate with you on creating your own self-portraits

NEW! You will also have special access The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you can view a range of learning materials and book a tutorial for advice and feedback on your own research and practical work. We will send an email to confirm your place on this course and a link to sign up for 121 tutorials two weeks prior to the workshop.

Image: Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Oil on canvas © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London


Portraiture & Identity | Challenging Gauguin

Online Workshop with The Courtauld Institute of Art
Suitable for ages 16-18

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?

This free workshop will be held online, and is an opportunity to work and collaborate with curators and art historians at The Courtauld Gallery, and contemporary artist Nadine Mahoney, to explore identity and symbolism through portraiture within the context of Gauguin’s colonial and patriarchal privilege.

NEW! You will also have special access The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you can view a range of learning materials and book a tutorial for advice and feedback on your own research and practical work. We will send an email to confirm your place on this course and a link to sign up for 121 tutorials two weeks prior to the workshop.

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


Art, Fashion, Architecture | Woman and Power

In Collaboration with the Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich

Online Workshop with The Courtauld Institute of Art
Suitable for ages 16-18

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

You will also have the opportunity to collaborate virtually with art students across the UK, and take part in a practical challenge. Further details to be announced shortly…

NEW! You will also have special access The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you can view a range of learning materials and book a tutorial for advice and feedback on your own research and practical work. We will send an email to confirm your place on this course and a link to sign up for 121 tutorials two weeks prior to the workshop.

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!

Art History Summer University 2020 

Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July 2020

Online with 1-2 hours live content per day

Spend five days learning online at a world-class university specialising in Art History, Conservation, and Curating.

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Art History Summer University is funded by a charitable trust, giving Year 12 students who attend a non-selective state school or college the opportunity to find out more about Art History and the possibilities of studying the subject at degree level.

We are excited to announce that by completing Summer University 2020, you will have a chance to work towards an ASDAN Universities Award, and take part in a series of free online Study Skills workshops run by The Courtauld in September 2020.

For further information, please see our website.

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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