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Appreciating Art in London Galleries (short course)

Why study this course?

From fifteenth-century religious art to modern conceptual pieces, this short course will introduce you to the different styles, techniques and concepts of art to be found within in London's art galleries.


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Art collections are so diverse that there can be barriers when it comes to appreciating art in different contexts. Fifteenth-century religious art, for example, stands in complete contrast to modern conceptual art practices.

Starting with the art of Sienna and Florence in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, this short course follows the artistic development towards the Renaissance and continues through the centuries to the art of today.

Art will be studied in a historical context, looking at the times and places where the artists lived, and the course will cover a variety of topics including portraiture, religion and landscape art. Works of art and installations will be appreciated by sharing observations and opinions within the group. Colour and constructional theories will be looked at in relation to painting, sculpture, installation, sound and video works.

This course is open to all but might be of particular interest to fine art, art therapy, art history, visual cultures and curatorial studies students.

We will visit the following London galleries during the course:

Throughout the course, you will individually select and discuss a work that has been of interest in a gallery and by the end of the course you will be able to observe and discuss many areas within art appreciation in its broadest contexts.

During the course, you will learn about:

  • a broad spectrum of artists and their techniques
  • the use of theatre and film parallels with artists and artworks
  • artworks in their historical and contemporary contexts
  • colour theory and structural materials
  • comparing techniques in painting and sculpture
  • underlying geometry and compositional devices
  • art gallery collections in London

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • an increased knowledge of a wide range of artists and techniques
  • developed appreciation skills by drawing comparisons between the art in galleries, and theatre and film productions
  • gained confidence in visiting art galleries in London

"The course met more than my expectations. Sally Ward, the tutor, was excellent. The construction of the course, which encouraged focusing on selected pieces of work from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, through to the current day, over the five weeks, not only introduced me to, and encouraged me in critical thinking of an artwork, but also showed how a thread of influence from one piece to another ran through groups of work. As an addition, we visited galleries which I, personally, hadn't been to before, or knew existed."

"I found the course very informative. The lecturer was clear, concise and very knowledgeable. She encouraged discussion, the sharing of ideas, thoughts and constructive comments. I would absolutely recommend the course and would attend others that were similar and given by the same tutor."

Course dates Not currently available
Length One day a week for four sessions
Day and time

Saturday, 10.30am to 1.30pm; last session 10.30am to 4.30pm

Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 14

A 20 per cent discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20 per cent discount, please contact us before booking.

In addition to the course fee there may be additional charges for travel costs/entry fees where applicable.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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