Drop-in Art History | Tutor-Led Seminar

At LARA, we are making art history. Now we are teaching it too. Drink wine and talk art with us! 11th January - 22nd March 2019 (excluding 15th February)

Date & Time

Friday Evenings | 18:30-20:00


LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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26th April – CANCELLED
3rd May – Overlords: Art and Power
10th May – Underdogs: Art and Protest
17th May – The Miniature and the Gigantic
31st May – The Souvenir and the Collection
7th June – Water
14th June – Fire
21st June – Air
28th June – Earth

Whether you are a seasoned art historian, a practising artist, or don’t know an oil painting from a performance piece, these relaxed sessions will allow you to learn about specific artworks and, more generally, to develop skills for becoming a more engaged spectator of art. While all are welcome, the sessions may be of particular interest to artists, as we will discuss how to apply the rich bank of ideas and techniques that art history provides us with to our own practices. 

The classes will be tutor-led seminars in which together we will conduct comparative analyses of various artworks grouped by a different theme each week. Comparative analysis is classic method pioneered by Heinrich Wölfflin, which simply means comparing two artworks. It encourages a more critical approach than viewing works on their own, and is ideal for putting art in context in a manageable way.

Aims of this Course

  • Tintroduce students to the basic components of art historical analysis. 

  • To study a number of artworks, from classics of the Western canon, to lesser known pieces, with a view to understand how artists through the ages have approached similar themes in drastically different ways. 

  • To develop the critical awareness with which students approach works of art. 

  • To help those students who make art begin to think about how these things can be useful in their own practices. 

  • To send students away confident that they can hold their own when looking at the most baffling and confronting of artworks, as well as the most straightforwardly beautiful and enjoyable ones.

The Facilities

The sessions will take place in LARA’s Figure Room. (Drawing the nude figure is a practice which in many eras has been extremely controversial, not least today. This is a unique opportunity to learn about art history in an institution which is going against the prevailing fashion in art schools by championing this method.)

Tea, coffee and wine provided! 


Please bring a notebook, computer, or other note-taking equipment. 

Please pre-book to be sent a pdf reading list (optional) and presentation handout should you wish to make annotations next to the images themselves.

Although we do provide polystyrene cups, we would be grateful to anyone bringing their own mug.

Booking and Payment

There are 20 places available for this tutor-led seminar.

Advanced booking will guarantee entry but you are more than welcome to drop in. Latecomers will not be admitted.

If pre-booking, please arrive at least ten minutes before the session begins.

Ten minutes before the session begins any unclaimed pre-booked places will be reallocated to anyone waiting for a place.

It is also possible to pay in cash or by card on the door.

Remaining spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Edith’s lectures are well researched and well presented. Her approach – part lecture and part interactive discussion with the audience – works very well’ – Margaret Collins, LARA Diploma student 2018