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 or 0207 848 1058.