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History of Art

History of Art

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Viv Lawes


Join us on location at some of London’s greatest galleries on History of Art. You will be taken on a journey through time and introduced to the themes throughout history that have shaped our current art world.

We will visit 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.

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. You'll be aware of the research, education and archive facilities available in London.

Who should attend 

Anyone interested in seeing and learning about original 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.


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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

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.



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

  • Notebook and Pen

  • Some money or a travel card for public transport to move between sites

Available dates