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Art History Summer School at The Courtauld

From Contemporary Chinese art to urban photography to Turner and Constable, immerse yourself in art at The Courtauld's Summer School.

The Courtauld's annual Summer School returns this year, with an exciting programme of short courses on modern and contemporary art.

In April, explore the photography of urban life in Dr Tim Satterthwaite's course Living Cities: The Photography of Urban Life in Europe and America, 1920-1989. Studying the work of the some of the most celebrated photographers of street life, this course charts varied responses to the rapidly evolving conditions of life in the modern city.

Janine Catalano leads From Still-Life to Eat-Art: Food as Subject and Medium in Modern and Contemporary Art, a course focusing on food in art – from Cézanne’s painted apples to Claes Oldenburg’s plaster pizzas – considering questions of feminism and of the viewer’s role in the making and the consumption of art. Janine will also lead a Study Tour to her native New York and to Philadelphia, exploring these cities’ extraordinary riches in the field of modern and contemporary art.

In July, discover China's vibrant contemporary art scene, which has developed at an unprecedented rate over the past forty years. Dr Katie Hill leads Contemporary Chinese Art: Practices and Debates from 1989 to the Present, looking at the work of leading artists such as Ai Weiwei and Xu Bing as well as the wider radical transformations in China’s politics, the economy and society that made this ‘artquake’ possible in the first place.

There are also courses available focusing on older art. Nicola Moorby shines a light on the very different, but complementary contributions to British art by two of England’s most important painters: JMW Turner and John Constable in Travelling Light: Turner, Constable and the Shape of British Art. Dr Kate Grandjouan's course Cosmopolitan Britain: Painting, Print Culture and Patronage in the Eighteenth Century will explore an earlier highpoint of British culture in the lively, and cosmopolitan London art world of Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Rowlandson.

The Courtauld delivers first-rate art-historical content without the jargon, making courses exciting and accessible for all. Their summer courses run for 1 week in April (9-13) and two further weeks in July (2-6, 9-13). See their full range of courses, tours and other events.

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