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History of Art (Online Short Course)

History of Art (Online Short Course)

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Viv Lawes


Join us as we take you on a journey through time and introduce you o the themes throughout history that have shaped our current art world

Through presentations and visits to virtual galleries, you will learn about significant stages in the history of art, exploring ideas and movements that have inspired artists, such as, the Renaissance, Romanticism and Impressionism. We'll also consider how art is perceived today.

Above all and most importantly, it will be a chance to enjoy original art up close.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Topics covered
  • The Classical Period
  • The Medieval and Renaissance Art
  • The Renaissance, Baroque and European Painting to 1900
  • British Art from 1600 to Contemporary works
  • International Art from 1900 to present date
Course outcomes
You will leave the course with extensive knowledge of the London art world and the history of art in general, enriching your experiences of the capital's galleries.

Who should attend

Anyone interested in seeing and learning about artworks; their importance, history and connections with our national visual culture. It could lead you to further study or a career in art dealing, collecting or curating. Students from outside London may find it a useful introduction to the capital's visual treasures.


Student reviews

'Just wonderful, the tutor was really the best, a great teacher with a huge knowledge!' - Anon

'I was very impressed by our teacher, whose passion about what he was teaching us made it all sound very lively and interesting. The venues were also quite well chosen.' - Anon

'Fantastic - though a whirlwind tour through the ages, the tutor was simply one of the best I've come across.' - Anon

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Viv Lawes is a lecturer, curator, author and journalist, with over twenty years’ experience in the art market. In addition to teaching at the University of the Arts, she is Course Leader for the Asian Art & Its Markets semester course at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, and the history of design at the City & Guilds of London Art School.

Alongside this, she is pursuing a part-time PhD at the University of Kent on the subject of themes in equine sculpture from pre-history to the present day.

As Senior UK consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia, she has co-curated many commercial exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London and Singapore since 2011.

Viv is an also accredited lecturer for The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and travels widely in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australasia.



Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Onsite and offsite course specific materials

Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Notebook and Pen

Available dates