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

I have started a series of 10-minute guides to artist and art terms. For artists I select five or six key works which I present chronologically with a summary of their life and times. For art terms I select key works that illustrate the term and I give a definition and discuss exceptions and the reasons why a term is used.

My art history Lectures and Courses page shows my current schedule with the class notes. 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.