Lectures & Courses on Art History

 September 2020-21 Course: Art History Through the Ages

Depending on Government recommendations regarding COVID-19 this course will start on Wednesday, 23 September 2020 or be delayed until next year. My current assumption is that the course will be delayed.

Held at: The White House, 45 The Avenue, Hampton TW12 3RN
(free parking, café on site). Please note that the location may have to be changed. If it does I will find a new location as near as I can to The White House.
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe
  • Part 1: Wednesday 23 September 2020 – 18 November 2020 (eight classes with a half-term break on 28 October 2020)
  • Part 2: Wednesday 6 January 2021 – 3 March 2021 (eight classes with a half-term break on 17 February 2021)
Time: 10:45-12:45 (with a 15 min coffee break)
Fee: £60 for eight classes (paid by cheque at the first or second class).
Description: Sixteen talks on a varied mix of artists and themes. Most of the talks are based on exhibitions that were held or were planned to be held during 2019 and 2020. Note that I do not aim to give an overview of each exhibition but to give a talk inspired by the theme of the exhibition so my talk might be about the life of the artist or the art of the period. I also try to alternate ‘old’ and ‘modern’ art, that is art before and after about 1850.

The talks are designed to be both informative and entertaining and my style is to lecture rather than run a discussion groups, although questions are welcome. No prior knowledge of art history is required and the level is similar to a BBC art history documentary although I try to squeeze in more anecdotes and background facts and I am never afraid to provide dates and names. I define all the technical terms I use and try to include two or three new technical terms during each talk. Expect information rather than opinion and art history rather than art appreciation.

If you would like to attend please let me know in advance by emailing me on art@shafe.uk and I will reserve you a place. I email a more detailed course itinerary a month before the course starts to those who have attended the course in the past or who have expressed an interest.

Lecture Programme of Two Eight-week Terms

Before each talk starts I will update the following titles to links to PDF files containing all my slides and notes. I am also planning to record a video of the talks for those enable to attend my lecture. Over the past six years I have given over one hundred talks and all the notes for these talks are on the Past Lectures page.

  1. The Renaissance Nude
  2. Women Surrealists
  3. Hogarth: Place & Progress
  4. Abstract Art in Britain in the 1920s and 30s
  5. Art Meets Science
  6. The Pre-Raphaelite Sister
  7. Russian Art: 1917-1932
  8. Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art
  1. Gauguin: His Life & Work
  2. Beardsley: Decadence & Desire
  3. British Realists: 1920 & 30s
  4. Pop Art: Warhol and Hockney
  5. George IV: Art & Spectacle
  6. Laura Knight
  7. Turner’s Modern World
  8. The Dutch Golden Age