Young People

Digital art history?!

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014 by education

Today we welcomed students from New College Swindon to The Courtauld for a days workshop on the theme ‘Digital Art History?’. Over the next couple of weeks they will be making Pinterest boards on their chosen artworks from the gallery. But for now, they have summed up today’s research with the ‘tweets’ below. See our live twitter page for some of them too!

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The artist Cranach sometimes signs his paintings with a winged serpent #sneakyCranach

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Not only a commodity but a vendor of ‘love’ #Manet #deepthinker


‘I like women best when they don’t know how to read’ #Renoir’stype



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A Day in the life of a student ambassador!

Monday, 24 March, 2014 by education

Hello my name is Megan and I am a student ambassador for the project Animating Art History. Before I get stuck in and tell all about what we’ve been up to, I should probably explain a bit about what Animating Art History actually is! Animating Art History is a project that combines the practices of photography and animating with the skill of observation and research! We work alternately between The Courtauld Institute of Art and Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design to offer a unique opportunity to experience the combined expertise of two institutes and the chance to make the most of their specialist facilities, be they the dark rooms and animation equipment at CSM, or the highly specialised library at The Courtauld and, of course, the gallery!

(See: for more ‘Animating Art History’ info!)

This week we were based at The Courtauld and the session looked particularly at Curation and Narrative. The students began by taking a look around The Courtauld Gallery and considering the relationships between the works of art on the walls. For those of you who are not familiar with the term ‘Curator’ it is basically the person that decides which works of art they want to show and how they want to show them! The process of curating requires a lot of thought and so we were looking to see how and if the decisions of the curators shaped and influenced our understanding about what we were seeing. There are several ways to curate a gallery space – it could be thematic or chronological for example, both ways lending themselves to a particular way of understanding art and its history!

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With these thoughts fresh in our minds, we headed back to The Courtauld Institute for a talk by two current Courtauld students that curated an exhibition at The Institute. It is called ‘INTERACT: Deconstructing Spectatorship’ and the works in the exhibition can be seen hanging up on the walls in out teaching and learning spaces – the aim of which being to liven up the environment that we spend every day studying in. ‘INTERACT’ is particularly interesting because the viewer and the audience of the show are given as much importance as the artworks themselves! The show is arranged (‘curated’) to explore the different ways that we, as viewers, experience art. Check out: for more info!

We then watched a short section of a film called ‘The Clock’ by Christian Marclay that had a recurring theme about time, and considered how a narrative could be constructed through film. Short clips of this 24 hour film can be found on Youtube, and it is certainly worth a watch! Christian Marclay painstakingly selected scenes from other films to create his day-long montage, paying particular attention to ensure that he included clips that showed clocks, watches, and snatches of people saying what time is was so that, when watched from the beginning, whatever time is shown on the film is also the time that it is in real time!

(Check out this link for a short clip!

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Finally, it was our chance to have a go at curating! By looking through a selection of images and postcards, we came up with a theme of our own and created an imaginary show. The themes that the students came up with included everything from a focus on landscapes, to colour and nudes. Now that we are fully-fledged curators, I wonder what next week holds in store…

For anyone that is free on Sunday 30th March, come along to the next ‘INTERACT’ Open Day between 12-4pm and see the exhibition for yourself!

Megan Youell, Student Ambassador

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Art History Summer University

Monday, 10 March, 2014 by education

Check out our great new video made by a student ambassador Hannah Dixon. 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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Art History Beyond London…

Monday, 3 March, 2014 by education

Before half term we visited Sheffield for an outreach workshop with some year 11 students. After a morning in the classroom, we checked out the artist residency in Site Gallery. A great day had by all!

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Check out the photos on our Facebook page!


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Young people bringing British historical portraiture alive

Friday, 14 February, 2014 by education

See our blog entry on our Stories of the World project on the NPG’s Understanding British Portrait network. Great to revisit the Look again… exhibition and it’s fascinating portraits.



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Animating Art History is back for 2014!

Monday, 3 February, 2014 by education

Animating Art History 2014 kicked off last Thursday with a session on surfaces. Check out the brilliant photos from The Gallery and around Somerset House by the young people involved!

Animating Art History is a widening participation partnership between The Courtauld Institute of Art and University of the Arts London.

For more information see our webpage


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5 reflections on The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Widening Participation Summer University

Monday, 13 January, 2014 by education

I have been asked to write about The Courtauld’s Widening Participation Summer University, which I attended two years ago. As a current first year student I honestly can say that I would not be here if it wasn’t for the scheme! We went to galleries, attended lectures, researched in the libraries and also worked in groups for presentations that rounded off the week.

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Here are my 5 reflections on the Summer University:

SUBJECT – Several participants, including myself were not entirely sure if the subject was for us – it helped us decide what paths were best for our interests. I particularly found the lectures engaging, you could see the passion of the speaker come through, it does rub off onto you!

PEER NETWORK – It was a great opportunity to make relationships with students from other schools, united by similar interests – two other applicants also study here with me now!

LONDON UNIVERSITY LIFE – By exploring the gallery and other resources available, I experienced the city as a learning environment. Walking into Somerset House every day is quite a unique feeling.

RESOURCES – Few institutions offer the wide variety and quality of resources such as The Courtauld, even if you only spend a few days here, you are sure to remember them! Lecturers and collections alike are world renowned and we were very lucky to have them at our fingertips. They are very much different to those I was used to at school, and we were encouraged to take advantage of them!

ALL QUESTIONS ANSWERED – Undoubtedly you will have hundreds of questions (as I did) about art history, the application process etc, all of which were answered by both members of staff and student ambassadors, from more than one point of view.

Harrison Goldman

Current BA student at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and alumni of The Courtauld’s Summer University.


Please note this is a free non-residential course designed for non-selective state school students whose parents or carers have not previously gone to university or who currently receive Income Support or Tax Credits. For more information email or visit

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Check out this competition!

Tuesday, 7 January, 2014 by education

The British Council has a competition for Young People who are inspired by Museums to put their pen to paper… Or fingers to keyboard…

Why don’t you check it out here?

If you write about our collection we would love to hear about it!

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Happy New Year from the Young People’s team!

Monday, 6 January, 2014 by education

Here is our prediction for the top 10 exhibitions of 2014…

  • Hannah Hoch, Whitechapel Gallery, 15 Jan
  • Jeremy Deller, William Morris, 18 Jan
  • Sensing Spaces, RA, 25 Jan
  • Richard Hamilton, ICA, 12 Feb, Tate Modern, 13 Feb
  • Court and Craft: A masterpiece from Northern Iraq, Courtauld Gallery, 20 Feb
  • Vikings, British Museum, 6 March
  • Matisse, Tate Modern, 17 April
  • Modrian and Colour, Turner Contemporary, 24 May
  • Ryan Trecartin, Zabvlodowicz, 2 Oct
  • Egon Schiele, Courtauld Gallery, 23 Oct

Get them in your diary!

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Art History Beyond London… Sheffield College at Site Gallery

Monday, 16 December, 2013 by education

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Another week, another city. This time in Yorkshire with students of Sheffield College. As part of our outreach programme, the young people at Sheffield College were given insights to Art History at Higher Education in their classroom, followed by an afternoon discussing Art Sheffield at the Site Gallery. One student said ‘ it has given me better understanding on how to understand art and approach looking at work in a gallery’. We hope to be back soon!

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