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Art History Talks and Courses in the Hampton, Walton, Weybridge, Molesey, Esher, Hersham and Kingston Areas
by Dr Laurence Shafe

I have started to create a series of video guides to art history based on over one hundred two-hour talks I have given over the last six years. A PDF version of each talk, with a complete set of notes, is included with each video.

Art history talks has a list of PDF files containing all my slides and lecture notes. My current art history course is on the Lectures and Courses page and Past Lectures and Courses lists all the courses and lectures I have given since 2014 with their class notes.

Over the last few years I have covered the complete history of British art since 1500 and from September 2019 to March 2020 I will cover some the major art exhibitions that took place in London last year and four of my Tate Modern tours.

I give one two-hour lecture each week in Hampton on Wednesday morning from September to March each year. I have a doctorate in art history from Bristol University and I studied nineteenth-century British and French art at the Courtauld Institute but the course is much wider ranging. Each two-hour lecture typically discusses between 25 and 30 artworks and over a term I cover a wide range of historical periods and artists from Ancient Greece to the present day.

I am a Tate Guide and I have prepared twelve guided tours of both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. I recommend visiting the Tate and going on one of these free tours. They are held during the day and you do not need to book in advance, just turn up.

The section of this website called Art History provides a brief introduction to the subject and ‘Jump to a Page‘ provides an alphabetic list of all the 940 pages.

Thoughts are some of my ideas and speculations about a wide variety of topics.

My biography is on the About page and includes links to the essays and dissertations I wrote as a student from undergraduate level to my doctorate. If you would like to comment on the site or contact me please use the Contact page or the comment section at the bottom of most pages.