Welling School & The Courtauld Gallery’s Collaboration

I am so happy to reveal what has been going on with The Courtauld Gallery’s collaboration with Welling School and their year 7s. They spent today with a graphic designer, starting to collate their ideas around gender and The Courtauld collection into an exciting zine. For now here are some photos but expect a full report and the zines themselves when they are finished in the next couple of weeks!

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Two weeks left to apply to our year 12 Art History Summer University!

We only have 2 weeks left for you to apply to our year 12 Art History Summer University! Last year, one of our brilliant student ambassadors made this video to give you an insight into what the course was like and how it was useful to her and her friends.

Hannah interviews three students who have attended our Art History Summer University in 2012 to see how it has helped them 18 months on…

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Click Connect Construct Celebration Event

Last week we were so excited to welcome 12 young people from across London and the UK to our gallery and university. They were invited to a celebration event after being shortlisted in our Click, Connect, Construct: 16-19 Student Visual Essay Competition using Pinterest.

The day started in the Prints and Drawings room where Assistant Curator Rachel Sloane put on display prints and drawings which related to the students’ boards – some of the drawings and prints were even included in their boards so we were all impressed by what we discovered from each other!

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Following that we got a tour of the newly opened Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album – an exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery – by Dr Katie Faulkner Visiting Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

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Finally it was time for the prize-giving! The shortlisted students were Angel, Blossom, Chloe, Fatimah, Georgie, Hannah, Jeremy, Lily, Molly, Nadia, Nathan, and Shirley from Bethnal Green Academy, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatchem College, Kingsdale Foundation School, New College Nottingham, Swindon New College, and Sydenham and Forest Hill School.

So here are the prize winners!

Winners of the Highly Commended section: Angel, Blossom, Chloe, Hannah, Molly, Nadia, and Shirley.

Most Original Approach to Source Material – Georgie 


Most Creative Interpretation of a Theme – Jeremy 


Most Visual Impact – Lily


Best Art History Research – Nathan & Fatimah 



Thanks so much to everyone who took part in this competition. Such an incredible array of boards and we hope to welcome you all back here soon!

Art history summer university applications open soon!

We are very excited to announce that applications for the 2015 Summer University opened today until 27th April 2015! Further information about the application process can be found on our website.


Summer University runs from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 July 2015. This year’s theme is Global/ Local looking at art history in its global and local contexts, as well as studying art from across the world in a variety of London collections including our very own Courtauld Gallery.


Not sure what Summer University is? Especially designed for year 12 students, this is an opportunity to spend four days experiencing student life at a world-class university, The Courtauld Institute of Art, with its own beautiful art gallery.



To apply to take part you must be currently studying at a UK state school or FE college, with an interest in finding out more about Art History and the possibilities of studying the subject at degree level.

This is a free non-residential course designed for students from non-selective state school or college.

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Got any questions? Email education@courtauld.ac.uk to find out more.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Insights into art history!

Welcome back! We wanted to let you know what we have got up to over the half term. 15 young people from year 10 to year 13 joined us for two Insights into Art History workshops. They were both brilliant days and looked a little like this…!

Day 1: Conservation

Where science meets art: a day considering The Courtauld Gallery from the perspective of conservation. We were lucky enough to have a tour of the collection in the morning from a second year conservation student from The Courtauld Institute of Art.

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Highlight was finding out that one of these figures below has an extra toe as a restorer in the 19th century got a little carried away while retouching the painting…

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In the afternoon artist Nadine Mahoney, who makes her own paints as part of her practice, showed us how to mix egg tempera and then we finished off with a little go at gilding!

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Day 2: Manet’s Bar

This day concentrated on one of The Courtauld Gallery’s most famous artworks of all time: Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergere. The morning was spent with Dr Caroline Levitt, an art historian who specialises in French modern art.

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In the afternoon, we hit Somerset House courtyard with photographer and artist Marysa Dowling to create art of our own!


The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Insights into Art History workshops are for year 10 – 13 students, currently studying at a UK state school or FE college, with an interest in finding out more about Art History and the possibilities of studying the subject at degree level.

These are free non-residential courses designed for students from non-selective state school or college.

If you would like to sign up for any future workshops or would like to find out more, please get in touch with Meghan Goodeve or Alice Odin, Oak Foundation Young  People’s Programme Coordinator, at education@courtauld.ac.uk or 0207 848 1058.


Insights is a series of free one-day workshops especially designed for 16-19 year olds to explore and investigate The Courtauld Gallery collection. Each day has an exciting focus and a new subject to discover! Booking required for all events: education@courtauld.ac.uk

Please check out the different workshops below and let us know whether you would like to attend one or more!

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PAINTING CONSERVATION – suitable for year 10 and upwards
Tuesday 17th February 2015, 11.00-15.30

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Experience art and science collide in this workshop focusing on painting conservation. Working with an experienced professional, this day will equip you with skills on how to use scientific techniques to study paintings as well as the benefits this has to your own art work.

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MANET’S BAR– suitable for year 10 and upwards
Wednesday 18th February 2015, 11.00-15.30

(half term)

Take a closer look at The Courtauld Gallery’s most famous artwork Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergere. This will give you a change to work with an art historian and contemporary artist to see how Manet’s work has continued to shape artists since its inception. From Tom Hunter to yourself you will create a portfolio of work inspired by this artwork in just one day.


PRINTING DAY – suitable for year 10 and upwards

Saturday 14th March 2015, 11.00 – 16.00

Explore a wide range of printing techniques with our print expert Helen Higgins. Following on from our Prints and Drawings day in October, you will engage with a wide range of printing techniques and see up close some wonderful examples in our brand new Prints and Drawings gallery.

Please note, places are allocated in priority to students from non-selective state schools or FE colleges and/or from a Widening Participation background. To book simply email Meghan Goodeve & Alice Odin, Oak Foundation Young People’s Programme Coordinator (job-share), on education@courtauld.ac.uk


Shortlist announced! click connect construct.

We have been overwhelmed by the quality of applications to Click, Connect, Construct: 16-19 Student Visual Essay Competition 2014-15 at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Yesterday we announced 12 shortlisted students who are invited to take part in our Celebration Day!


The students selected are Angel, Blossom, Chloe, Georgie, Hannah, Jeremy, Lily, Molly, Nadia, Nathan, and Shirley from the following schools: Bethnal Green Academy, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, Kingsdale Foundation School, New College Nottingham, Swindon New College, and Sydenham and Forest Hill School.

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On the day we will be announcing the overall winners for the following categories:

Best Art History Research

Most Creative Interpretation of a Theme

Most Visual Impact

Most Original Approach to Source Material


The afternoon will include a tour of the newly opened exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album and a behind the scenes workshop in the prints and drawings room, not usually open for public.

All shortlisted applicants will be given a prize on the day, which will include complimentary tickets to The Courtauld Gallery and much more!

Top 5 exhibitions to see in 2015!

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Now the festive period is upon us, we have put together a top 5 exhibition list for 2015. Enjoy!

Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015

Thu Jan 15 2015 – Thu Apr 16 2015. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX

Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne

Sat Jan 24 2015 – Fri Apr 10 2015. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

Thu Feb 5 2015 – Sun May 10 2015. Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG

Human Rights Human Wrongs

Fri Feb 6 2015 – Mon Apr 6 2015. Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, W1F 7LW

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Wed Jun 24 2015 – Sun Oct 25 2015. Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG

Insights into art history half term workshops!

In October half term we were very happy to welcome young people on two one-day workshops at The Courtauld Gallery. A mixture of returning faces from projects, such as Animating Art History and  Art History in the Classroom, and new faces from schools and colleges across London.

Day one focused on Prints and Drawings with printmaker and print historian Helen Higgins (@helenhigginsart) leading the day. We visited both the gallery and had an exclusive look at the Prints and Drawings room with Assistant Curator of Works on Paper Dr Rachel Sloan. See below for pictures from the day! 

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Day two continued the theme of prints and drawings, but this time focusing on Jasper Johns: Regrets at The Courtauld. Working with artist Nadine Mahoney and Dr Katie Faulker, we were lucky enough to have a curator’s tour by Dr Barnaby Wright followed by creating lots of experimental drawings.

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We run half term workshops for young people so contact us on education@courtauld.ac.uk if you would like to find out more about what is going on! Alternatively drop us a tweet @CourtauldYP

click, connect, construct!

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The 16-19 student visual essay competition is open to all young people aged 16-19 years who are studying or interested in art, art history and the humanities subjects.

Developed in partnership with FE and sixth form tutors, this digital project is centred on twentieth-century art historian Aby Warburg and utilises Pinterest.  Pinterest is a great way to collect images digitally and to shift through the multitude of artworks that are available on the internet. We are asking students to create a visual essay based on and around an artwork from The Courtauld Gallery collection.

The project brief supports students in developing visual literacy, research skills, knowledge and confidence for the critical and contextual component of the Art and Design A-level, BTEC and for the EPQ.



The Competition opens on the 29th September 2014.  The deadline for submissions is the 12th December 2014.

Details on how to submit student work digitally are covered in the brief.

Our Information for Teachers guide contains detaild of CPD opportunities and workshops that we offer to support you in delivering this project.

Find out more:


Check out The Courtauld’s Education Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/ecourtauld/and how the project was developed here.