Studying History of Art in its historical and contemporary forms gives students crucial knowledge of world civilisations, as well as analytical tools to navigate our increasingly visual world. History of Art students develop knowledge of artists, architects, art-historical terms and concepts, as well as an understanding of how images shape our political and social identities.
The subject allows students to develop particular strengths and interests, encourages lifelong learning and provides access to higher education and university degree courses in Art History and related subjects.
“Art encourages you use your imagination and express yourself creatively.”
We teach History of Art at both A Level and undergraduate level. We use the introductory lesson to assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses and their knowledge of key concepts, before tailoring a series of lessons to support the student to reach their full potential. In the run up to the exam period, lessons are focused on exam preparation, revision techniques, and timed questions.
The nature of the subject allows students to engage independently in the historical, theoretical and critical study of art. Therefore, where possible, we are keen to tailor the examples of paintings, sculptures and architecture to each individual student and their particular interests.
It is invaluable to research and investigate art through first-hand experience. Tutors encourage students to attend art galleries and public museums and, where possible, offer lessons out of the classroom and in front of the artwork/s being studied.
We have experienced teachers with knowledge of the Edexcel and Cambridge Pre-U courses. Some of our tutors are also A-Level examiners.
We encourage students of the History of Art to pursue their interests beyond the A Level or Pre-U syllabus. This is especially important if they are considering studying the subject at university.
BBC Civilisations: This TV series comprises of 9 episodes, all with a different theme, exploring thousands of years of visual culture. Presented by Mary Beard David Olusoga and Simon Schama.
Book: Penny Huntsman, Thinking About Art (2016)
Book: Alice Proctor, The Whole Picture: The colonial story of art in our museums and why we need to talk about it. (2020)
John Berger, Ways of Seeing, 1972. Released as a four-part television series in 1972 available on YouTube. It was also adapted to a book of the same name.
Book: Don Thompson, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark (2008)