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Free Young People's Workshops


Insights into Art History is a series of FREE one-day workshops especially designed for 16-18 year olds to explore a wide variety of themes responding to The Courtauld Gallery collection. Each day has an exciting focus and a new subject to discover!

Please note: Our next workshops will take place during October Half term 2019.

If you would like to find out more, please sign up to our Young People’s Newsletter.

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This programme is funded by a Charitable Trust and is open to young people who attend non-selective state schools and colleges, whose parents or carers have not previously gone to university, and/or who currently receive Income Support or Tax Credits.

Art History Summer University 2020
Applications open soon!

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.

Previous Workshops


Insights into Art History
Portraiture & Expressive Colour

Saturday 30 March 2019, 10.45-16.30

Join art historian Francesca Herrick and contemporary artist Nadine Mahoney at our new Vernon Square Campus for an exciting one-day art history and practical workshop exploring colour, symbolism, and identity through portraiture.

For more information see Nadine’s blog post

Image credits: Nadine Mahoney

Insights into Art History
Drawing on Architecture: Somerset House

Saturday 9th March 2019, 10.45-16.30

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

For more information, see 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

For more information, see our 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

For more information, see 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

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 10:45 – 16:00

Includes a visit to the ‘Courtauld Impressionists’ exhibition at the National Gallery

Van Gogh: Exploring Self

Thursday 25 October 2018, 10:45 – 16:00

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