Detail of Landscape painting by Turner

Curated visits to some of London’s most interesting art galleries and museums

At a glance:

  • Daytime (Lunchtime Learning) Class
  • Wednesdays 11:00 - 12:00
  • 10 weeks: January to March
  • One hour taught time per week
  • Tutor: Dr Michael Paraskos
  • Fees from £52 to £100
  • Locations: various around London
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This daytime course is designed for those who want to join a friendly community of art lovers on trips to see some of London’s most interesting (and sometimes challenging!) art exhibitions. The class is very informal and on our weekly trips to various art galleries and museums across London we will be encouraged to view the works of art on display in a considered and active way, and share our opinions with others in the group.

In each session we will visit a different art gallery or temporary exhibition space in the company of our tutor, and we will be introduced to the theme of the exhibition, aspects of its historical context, or different ways in which the works on display can be viewed. Those joining the class should be aware, we will not be given guided tours of exhibitions, which is not permitted in most galleries. Instead, the tutor will give a short introduction to the exhibition visited at the start of each session, and be on hand to talk to us informally, either individually or as part of a small group, as we view the exhibition itself.

The whole of this course will be delivered at different museum and gallery venues around London each week. You will be responsible for your own entrance fees (where charged), travel arrangements and costs when visiting the exhibitions as these are not included in the course fee. Depending on what exhibitions are available outside London, a small number trips to galleries outside the capital might also be included.

The course is suitable for complete beginners, and no previous experience or knowledge of art is necessary.

 The official class time is one hour, but you are welcome to continue to look at the exhibitions visited for longer if you wish.

 

Course Information

Provisional Course Programme

Note this course is not a classroom course. Each week we will visit a different museum or art gallery in London.

Some exhibitions carry an entrance charge which is not included in the course fee.

This is a provisional list and so is subject to possible change. Please do not buy any tickets yet in case the list changes before the start of term.

Wednesday Group

Jan 15: Indian Painting for the East India Company at the Wallace Collection (MP)

At the Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN. Please meet at the Wallace Collection cafe/tea room from 10:30am onwards. We will go into the exhibition at about 11:15am.

Jan 22: Tullio Crali at the Estorick Collection (MP)

At the Estorick Collecton,  39A Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN. Please meet at the Euphorium Bakery and Cafe, 

Jan 29: Dora Maar at Tate Modern (MP)

At Tate Modern, Bankside. Please meet in the cafe on Level 3 of Tate Modern from 10:30am onwards. We will leave the cafe at about 11:15.

Feb 5: British Baroque at Tate Britain (MP)

At Tate Britain, Milbank. Please meet in basement cafe of Tate Britain from 10:30am onwards. We will leave the cafe at about 11:15.

Feb 12: Radical Figures: Current Painting from Around the World at the Whitechapel (MP)

At the Whitechapel Art Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX. Please meet in the Whitechapel Art Gallery cafe from 10:30am onwards. We will leave the cafe at about 11:15.

Feb 19: Visionary Women Textiles at 2 Temple Place (MP)

At 2 Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD. Please meet at Pennethorne's Cafe and Bar at Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA from 10:30am. We will set of for 2 Temple Place at around 11:15.

Feb 26: British Surrealism at Dulwich Picture Gallery (MP)

At Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Village. Please meet in Gail's Bakery and Cafe, 91 Dulwich Village, Dulwich, London SE21 7BJ from 10:30am onwards. We will set off for Dulwich Picture Gallery at about 11:15am.

Mar 4: Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy (MP)

At the Royal Academy, Piccadilly. Please meet in the Peyton and Byrne Cafe at the Royal Academy (Piccadilly entrance), Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD from 10:30am. We will set off for the exhibition at around 11:15am.

Mar 11: ***NO SESSION THIS WEEK***

Mar 18: Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain (MP)

At Tate Britain, Milbank. Please meet in basement cafe of Tate Britain from 10:30am onwards. We will leave the cafe at about 11:15.

Mar 25: Titian: Love, Desire, Death at the National Gallery (MP)

At National Gallery, Trafalgar Square. Please meet in Trafalgar Square old entrance cafe at the National Gallery from 10:30 onwards. We will set off for the exhibition at about 11:15am.

If you cannot make your Wednesday group meeting in any week you are welcome to come along to the Friday Group that week. 

Friday Group (meeting places as above)

Jan 17: Indian Painting for the East India Company at the Wallace Collection (MP)
Jan 24: Tullio Crali at the Estorick Collection (MP)
Jan 31: Dora Maar at Tate Modern (PK)
Feb 7: British Baroque at Tate Britain (MP)
Feb 14: Radical Figures: Current Painting from Around the World at the Whitechapel (MP)
Feb 21: Visionary Women Textiles at 2 Temple Place (MP)
Feb 28: British Surrealism at Dulwich Picture Gallery (MP)
Mar 6: Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy (MP)

Mar 13: ****NO SESSION THIS WEEK***

Mar 20: Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain (MP)

Mar 27: Titian: Love, Desire, Death at the National Gallery (MP)

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Additional Reading and Credit Information

There is no requirement to undertake specific reading for this course.

No academic credits are available for this course.

About Your Tutor

Photograph of Michael Paraskos Dr Michael Paraskos is a very experienced adult education tutor, having taught for over twenty-five years. He holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and also teaches art history to undergraduate students at the City and Guilds of London Art School.

He is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine. His first novel In Search of Sixpence was published in 2016 and his second, called Rabbitman, was published in 2017.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
10  10  £100    
£58    
£77    
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

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Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 10  10 n/a 6 Jan - 12 Mar 2020 (10 weeks) n/a
 

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 18 November

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
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  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
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1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
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  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
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Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% (8) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course via email directly from the registration program.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the tutor for this class, Dr Michael Paraskos, m.paraskos@imperial.ac.uk