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Young People (16-18)

The Courtauld’s Young People’s Programme offers an exciting series of free workshops, courses and events for young people aged 16-18 to explore The Courtauld Gallery Collection and engage with art history and art practice.


A self-portrait of Van Gogh wearing a green coat, a blue hat with a black trim, and a bandaged left ear. A Japanese print and an easel can be seen behind him.
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) , Detail of Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889)

Free workshops (16-18)

Are you aged 16-18 and passionate about art and art history?

Our young people’s programme invites students to take part in a free series of innovative practical art history workshops.

Find out about our workshops

Two men sit across from each other at a table covered with a brown tablecloth, playing cards. Both men wear overcoats and hats, and the man on the left smokes a pipe. They sit inside a wooden building.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) The Card Players, around 1892-96, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

What is art history?

Art history – the study of art from across the world, and from the ancient to the present day – covers virtually every aspect of human history and experience. This is because it looks at works of art not just as objects, but as a way of understanding the world, and the societies in which they were created. 

Find out more about art history

Student consulting a book in the Library

Summer University

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

The Courtauld’s Summer University programme 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 what it’s like studying the subject at degree level.

Applications close on Friday 21 May, 5pm.

Find out about our Summer University

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A touching portrait of the family of the artist Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625) by his close friend and collaborator Peter Paul Rubens

Learning Resources

We have short Focus resources which look in detail at single artworks along with more in depth resources to help you plan and deliver exciting projects......