i Charles Joseph Natoire, Life class at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, 1746, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Spring School on campus

The Spring School programme for 2023 will be announced in December 2022. You may be interested in our Summer School or Autumn School.

We are delighted to make a return to teaching on campus and in front of works of art in museums and galleries from the spring term of 2022.

Our Spring School offers three- to five-day intensive introductory and intermediate art history short courses.

An Introduction to Art History and our Making Sense of courses familiarise students with fundamental aspects of the visual arts and of art history and its methodologies.  Organised thematically, they go considerably beyond introductory surveys, and are intended to provide a solid basis for further studies of areas of Western art from classical antiquity to the twentieth century, and of the arts of the Islamic world.

Variations on a Theme is a programme designed for participants who like to explore the connections between different cultural expressions within on historical period. Media, Materials and Methods foregrounds aspects of the practice of art-making while also situating them in the historical contexts of patronage and reception.

Making Sense of
Christian Iconography

Dr Federico Botana
Monday 21 – Thursday 24 March

Christian themes dominated much of Western art up to the eighteenth century and beyond. This course introduces you to these themes and their historical contexts, and teaches you to recognise and understand the ways in which they were represented in the early Christian, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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i Workshop of Paolo Veronese, Baptism of Christ, 1580-88, The Courtauld (London), (Samuel Courtauld Trust), © The Courtauld

Watercolour: J.M.W. Turner’s Theory and Practice

Media, Materials, and Methods – Case Studies in Context
Nicola Moorby
Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 March

This course explores the watercolour medium via the case study of one of its most famous practitioners, J.M.W. Turner. It provides unique insight into Turner’s watercolour painting technique, set into the context of the artist’s equally revolutionary artistic theory, and the wider 19th-century uses and reception of what came to be seen as a quintessentially British art form.

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Dog on beach i J.M.W.Turner, Dawn after the Wreck, c, 1841, The Courtauld (London), (Samuel Courtauld Trust), © The Courtauld