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

 

Join the Courtauld’s Young People’s Programme and take part in our free online workshops to discover new insights into Art History through world-famous artworks in the The Courtauld Gallery Collection.

Collaborate 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 for students attending non-selective state schools and colleges, but booking is essential due to popular demand. Details of how to join the workshop will be sent to those who have signed up 48 hours before the event.

Please contact Helen, our Young People’s Programme Manager, if you have any questions: helen.higgins@courtauld.ac.uk

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Art History Summer University 2021 

Online with 1-2 hours live content per day

Calling all Year 12 students!

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.

Applications close on Friday 21 May, 5pm. For further information, please see our website.

If you have any questions contact Helen Higgins, Young People’s Programme Manager on education@courtauld.ac.uk.


Upcoming Workshops 

 

Our March workshops will focus on mindful, practical activities. After booking your place, we’ll email you a printable PDF of images. Please print these before the workshop, and bring them with you along with paper, scissors, glue/tape and any other art materials you’d like to use.

Don’t have access to a printer? We have a small number of free pre-printed collage packs for posting – just let us know if you need one when booking your place. The last date we can post packs is Monday 1 March.

 

Impressions of Place

Saturday 13 March, 10:30-12:30
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

Join art historian Francesca Herrick to explore the role of movement, memory and sensory perception in recording our impressions of place through a combination of lively discussion and practical activities.

Taking The Courtauld’s Impressionist artworks as a starting point, we will discover how artists have mapped their material, atmospheric and emotional experiences of modern life.

As we’ve all been spending increasing amounts of time indoors and online recently, we will focus on contemporary artists such as Linda Karshan and Chris Ofili, whose artworks encourage mindful engagement with our physical environment.

This workshop has been developed in response to The Courtauld’s partnership with the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, as part of our National Schools Programme.

Images:
Claude Monet, Antibes, 1888, Oil on Canvas, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) c. The Courtauld
Chris Ofili (b.1968) Penhyndeudraeth 16.9.96 (Plate 09 from the ‘North Wales’ series), 1996, Ink on Paper, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) c. The Courtauld

Fashion and Identity

Saturday 20 March, 10:30-12:30
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

Join artist and illustrator Toya Walker for an introduction to our Fashion Sense? project, which explores ways of looking at, and representing ideas about, fashion and identity through zine-making.

Explore the potential for using zines to communicate your ideas around these topics and other pertinent ideas to do with fashion such as sustainability, ethics and the gaze.

Toya will use Renoir’s painting ‘La Loge’ (Theatre Box) as a starting point for questioning ideas about what and who is fashionable, and how we view and judge ourselves and others based on our clothing and appearance. We’ll draw parallels with contemporary images and interrogate these ideas further through practical collage and zine-making activities.

This workshop has been developed in response to The Courtauld’s partnership with Ulster Museum in Belfast, as part of our National Schools Programme.

Image: Detail from the front cover of The Courtauld’s ‘Fashion Sense?’ project sourcebook © Courtauld Educator Toya Walker

Summer University Taster Workshops – February Half Term 2021

Are you interested in the subject of Art and Identity? Do you want to find out more about our free week-long online Art History Summer University course before applying?

We are running free online workshops exploring race, gender and power, providing a unique opportunity for you to meet lecturers, curators and students at The Courtauld, and hear more about studying art history and the careers available to you.

Art and Identity

Tuesday 16 February, 10:30-12:30
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

Why is art history relevant today and how can images from the past help us understand the present? In this taster session, we will discuss what art historians do and what and how you might study in a history of art degree.

In a session lead by Dr Katie Faulkner, you will explore how art historians use research and analysis to uncover hidden histories of race and gender in artworks such as Eduoard Manet’s Olympia (1863), focusing on the model Laure and her life in Paris.

Image credit: Edouard Manet (1832 – 1883), Olympia, 1863, Oil on canvas, Paris, Musée d’Orsay, offered to the French State by public subscription initiated by Claude Monet, 1890 c. RMN-Gran Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski Image: Chris Ofili (b.1968) Penhyndeudraeth 16.9.96 (Plate 09 from the ‘North Wales’ series), 1996, Ink on Paper, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld; Claude Monet, Antibes, 1888, Oil on Canvas, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Portraits, Power and Identity

Wednesday 17 February, 10:30-12:30
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

Why is art history relevant today and how can images from the past help us understand the present? In this taster session, we will discuss what art historians do and what and how you might study in a history of art degree.

In a session led by Dr Esther Chadwick you will also explore how art historians use research and analysis to uncover hidden histories of race and power in artworks such as Joshua Reynold’s Portrait of Omai (1776). Find out what happened when Omai, the first Polynesian visitor to Britain, found himself at the heart of eighteenth-century London society?

Image credit: Omai, an inhabitant of the island of Utietea. Engraving by F. Bartolozzi after N. Dance, 25 October 1774. Credit: Wellcome CollectionAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) 

 


The Politics of Identity

Thursday 18 February, 14:00-16:00
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

Why is art history relevant today and how can images from the past help us understand the present? In this taster session, we will discuss what art historians do and what and how you might study in a history of art degree.

In a session with Professor Jo Applin, you will learn how to look at figurative and abstract paintings to uncover hidden histories of race, gender and power by artists such as Frank Bowling, Howardena Pindell and Barkley L. Hendricks.

Image credit: Barkley L. Hendricks (1945 – 2017), Lawdy Mama (detail), 1969, Oil and gold leaf on canvas, The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Lieman

Previous Insights into Art History Workshops

Art and Queer Theory

Saturday 5 December, 10:30-12:00
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

How can queer artists ‘queer’ the canon of art history?

This free online workshop, led by art historian Tilly Scantlebury, will explore gender and sexuality through art. We will discuss the photography of Catherine Opie, looking at her arresting portraits that put traditionally marginalised queer subjects on bold display. We will also consider the practice of Mickalene Thomas, whose multi-media large scale paintings rethink traditional art historical representation from a black, feminist and queer perspective.

Image credits:
Left: Catherine Opie, Angela Scheirl ,1993, Chromogenic print © Catherine Opie
Right: Mickalene Thomas, Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires (2010), Rhinestones, acrylic, oil and enamel on wood panel © Mickalene Thomas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Art and Feminism

Saturday 21 November, 10:30-12:00
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

How can art history help us to think through questions of gender, subjectivity and ideas about ‘greatness’?

Led by art historian Tilly Scantlebury, this free online workshop will explore modern and contemporary artworks in a variety of mediums and consider how feminist art history helps us to not only examine the artworks themselves, but also question the world and our place in it.

Through lively group discussion you will discover how artists use their medium to challenge established categories of gender, the representation of women’s bodies and sexuality, and historical power relations.

We will look closely at Louise Bourgeois‘ sculptures, Martha Rosler‘s collages and introduce Linda Nochlin’s infamous essay, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

Image credits:
Left: Louise Bourgeois, Femme Maison, 1946-47, Oil and ink on linen, Collection Louise Bourgeois Trust, New York © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY
Right: Martha Rosler, Vacuuming Pop Art, or Woman with Vacuum, 1966–72, Photomontage, from the series Body Beautiful, or Beauty Knows No Pain. Photomontage. © Martha Rosler; image courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Behind the Scenes at The Courtauld Gallery

Curating and Interpretation

Wednesday 25 November, 17:30-19:00
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

The Courtauld is undergoing an ambitious transformation project to make its world-class artworks, research and teaching accessible to more people than ever before.

Join us behind the scenes at The Courtauld Gallery. Led by curators Karen Serres and Barnaby Wright, this free online workshop will focus on curating and interpretation. Discover the challenges involved as we work with architects, designers and construction specialists to redesign our gallery spaces, and plan the re-display of artworks ready for gallery opening in 2021.

Read and respond to our new gallery labels, have a go at writing your own, and share your thoughts on how we can work with young people to interpret our collections through dialogue and discussion around contemporary issues.

*Curating = the research, care and display of artworks
*Interpretation = how a museum/gallery engages and communicates with their audiences


Colour | Art, Science & Psychology

Thursday 29 October 2020, 10:30 – 12:00
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

How radically has our use of colour evolved over the past 500 years?

Led by art historian Fran Herrick, this free online workshop will explore the power of colour through lively group discussion and a practical workshop involving making paint from ground pigments.

Through a closer look at key works in The Courtauld Collection you will discover 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.

Image credits   
Left: Nadine Mahoney, Curiosity didn’t kill the cat, 2015, Oil, acrylic, pigment on canvas. © Nadine Mahoney 2020
Middle: Georges Seurat, (detail) Boat by the Riverbank, c.1883. Oil on canvas. © The Courtauld
Right: Duncan Grant, (detail) Design for embroidered chair seat, 1913, Gouache and pencil on paper © The Courtauld/1978 Estate of Duncan Grant, courtesy of Henrietta Garnet

Van Gogh | Exploring Self

Friday 30 October 2020, 10:30 – 12:00
Free online workshop with The Courtauld
Suitable for ages 16-18

What is a self-portrait? How do artists reveal their identity through self-portraiture?

Led by art historian Helen Higgins, curator Karen Serres, and artist Alexandra Blum, this free online workshop aims to define what we mean by a ‘self-portrait’ through lively group discussion and a practical drawing workshop.

Experiment with Vincent van Gogh’s sophisticated mark-making in his famous Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889) and use other unusual artworks in The Courtauld Collection as inspiration to create your own self-portrait.

Tutorials are available between 2:30-4:30pm on Friday 30 October.

Image credits:
Left: Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Oil on canvas © The Courtauld
Right: Linda Karshan, Self-Portrait, 1994, Oil pastel, pencil and Indian ink on paper © The Trustees of the British Museum

Art, Fashion, Architecture | Woman and Power

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

Saturday 28 March 2020, 10:45am – 4.30pm
The Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich
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.

Cancelled due to Covid-19. 

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

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

Walter Sickert (1860 – 1942), Portrait of Henri Rochefort, 1893 / Albrecht Durer (1471 – 1528), Self-portrait at 26, 1497, unknown engraver / Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901), Au lit, 1896. All works © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, 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, Walter Sickert, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, as well as contemporary artists Richard Long, Linda Karshan and Chris Ofili.

You will also have an opportunity to respond practically through a series of experimental mixed media artist-led workshops.


Paul Cezanne (1838-1906), Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine, around 1887 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London / Richard Long (b.1945), A Line Made by Walking, 1967 © Richard Long

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.


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

Portraiture & Identity | Challenging Gauguin

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.


Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927), The Bolshevik, 1920, Copyright: © The Tretyakov Gallery

Art & Politics | Art in the Service of the Russian Revolution

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.


Alexandra Blum, 27.1.11 – 18th floor, the Collins’ flat, 2011. Charcoal on paper © Alexandra Blum The Barbican Centre, 2019 © Hayley McColl

Cityscapes | Art & Architecture

Thursday 24th October 2019, 10.45-16.30
Suitable for ages 16-18

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.


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 make tempera and oil paints from scratch and apply gold leaf to your very own panel painting.

Images:
Left: Jacopo di Cione and workshop, The San Pier Maggiore Altarpiece, 1370-71. Egg tempera on wood. National Gallery, London (detail)
Middle: Georges Seurat, Boat by the Riverbank, c.1883. Oil on canvas. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London (detail)
Right: Nadine Mahoney, Curiosity didn’t kill the cat, 2015, oil, acrylic, pigment on canvas. © Nadine Mahoney, 2019     

Portraiture & Expressive Colour

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

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

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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