Courses and Lectures

Upcoming Course, Lectures and Tours

Spring 2021

Virtual Tours of Museums from around the World!

Tour 6 (Part 1 & 2): Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid

Originally a private collection this museum houses over 1,600 paintings with prime examples from the Renaissance to Modernism, making it possible to trace the history of Western art in one place.

There will be two virtual tours in order to fully appreciate the vastness of this collection and each will be organised roughly chronologically to trace the most important artistic developments.

Part 1: From the Renaissance to Romanticism

In part 1 of this virtual tour, we will trace the development of painting from early masters like Simone Martini, to the Northern Renaissance with extraordinary works by Jan van Eyck and Holbein and through the Italian Renaissance with beautiful paintings by Bellini and Titian and on to 17th century artists including Caravaggio, Rubens, and Rembrandt, finishing with Romantic arts like Casper David Friedrich and Thomas Cole. Essentially all the great old masters of Western Art history are represented which allows for a comprehensive journey through the various artistic eras from the 13th century to the 19th century in one tour.

Date: Tuesday 16th February at 7pm (Duration approx. 1hr 15mins)

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €20

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Part 2: From Impressionism to Modernism

In part 2 of this virtual tour we will trace the development of painting from Impressionism with all the main artists represented, Monet, Degas, Morisot, to Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Gauguin through the Fauves, Matisse and Derain, to Expressionists Kirchner and Kandinsky, Cubists, Picasso and Braque to abstract artists like Mondrian and Pollock as well as other important American artists like Hopper and O’Keeffe will be discussed also. This whirlwind tour will cover all of the main artistic movements in Western art from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, a hundred year span that saw the greatest revolution in art.

Date: Tuesday 23rd February at 7pm (Duration approx. 1hr 15mins)

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €20

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Tour 7: The Uffizi Gallery, Florence

One of the most famous museums in the world, the core of the collection belonged to the infamous Medici family. There are important works by Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael and almost every significant Italian Renaissance artist. This is where you will find Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Titian’s Venus of Urbino two of the best-known paintings in the world. There is also a fine collection of antique sculpture and an extraordinary collection of drawings. This gallery has been a vital stop on the Grand Tourists’ trail since the 16th century and continues to be a must see for all art lovers. Of course, it would be great to be there in person, but we can still visit virtually, with the benefit of avoiding the usually crowded spaces and the ability to zoom in on all the details like never before.

Date: Tuesday 2nd March at 7pm (Duration approx. 1hr 15mins)

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €20

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Hugh Lane Lecture Series: Artists and their Travels

Online Art History Lectures Series: Artists and their Travels

Many Irish artists have been inspired by their travels abroad, this four part course will look at the journeys of some of the most important Irish 20th century artists. We will look at the early revolutionary abstract works of Jellett and Hone who brought there new discoveries home as well as those who remained abroad like Gerard Dillon and Francis Bacon. Artists that came to Ireland in the 20th century will also be discussed including Grace Henry and Anne Madden.

Date:  Wednesdays, 2.30-4pm

March 3, 10, 24, 31  (excluding Wednesday 17 March)

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €20

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Another 10 Great Artists

This series of stand-alone 1-hour lectures comprises a diverse array of some of the greatest artists in Western Art History.

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €150* for all 10 lectures, please click here to book the full series:

*Please note there is a €2 charge for paying online, to avoid this payment please select pay offline to pay by bank transfer or cheque.


€20 per lecture please book individually below

Date: Mondays at 7pm (Duration approx. 1hr)

Jan 25              1. Leonardo da Vinci

Booking Closed

Feb 1               2. Peter Paul Rubens

Booking Closed

Feb 8               3. Clara Peeters

Feb 15             4. Claude Lorrain

Feb 22             5. Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Mar 1              6. John Everett Millais

Mar 8              7. Pablo Picasso

Mar 15            8. Egon Schiele

Mar 22            9. Georgia O’Keefe

Mar 29            10. Salvador Dali

Northern Renaissance Art – The 16th Century

This 10-week course will trace the developments in art in the North of Europe. The focus will be on painting, sculpture and the decorative arts. Some of the artists to be discussed are the supremely talent Albrecht Dürer, the wonderfully bizarre Hieronymus Bosch, the master of portraiture Hans Holbein the Younger among many others including a few lesser know women artists like Caterina van Hemessen. This course will primarily look at art produced in Germany, England, Flanders and the Netherlands, and will place the artworks into their historical context, looking at patrons, artists practices as well as economic, religious and other influences. A variety of mediums will be studied from illuminated manuscripts to metal work to oil painting.

Dates: 10 Weeks

Dates: Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm

Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10 (17th no class), 24, 31.

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €200*

To book a a place on this online course please click here:

*Please note there is a €2 charge for paying online, to avoid this payment please select pay offline to pay by bank transfer or cheque.

Online Art Appreciation Course:

Breaking the Mould

Various artists and their diverse approaches will be examined, from Wassily Kandinsky’s spiritually inspired ‘colour music’ to Jackson Pollock’s macho action paintings. Participants will also take an in-depth look at Piet Mondrian and our current exhibition of his work. Abstract art works by Irish artists within the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection will also be discussed and placed within the context of this important twentieth-century art movement.

8 Week Course Online

Dates: Thursdays – 2 time slots (see below)

Jan, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4.

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €140

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There are two times available please follow the relevant links to book:

Class 1 UCD Thursdays 2 – 3.15pm:

Class 2 NGI Thursdays 4-5.15 pm:

UCD Lifelong Learning – AE-AN243 –

The High Renaissance

This six-week course explores the beginning perhaps of the most significant period in the history of Western Art, the Italian Renaissance. The focus will be on the early years particularly in Florence, the birthplace of this extraordinary movement in art and the home of some of the most famous names in art history, from Donatello to Botticelli. The stylistic developments will be discussed relating to painting, sculpture and architecture.
As this is an online course, we will be able to tour some of the buildings, locations and collections virtually.

6 Week Course Online

Dates: Tuesday 2-4pm

Sessions: 6
Jan 26, Feb 02, 09, 16, 23, Mar 02

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: €140

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Hugh Lane Gallery Lecture Series

Artists and their Travels Part 2

Mary Swanzy, Honolulu Garden, 1924, oil on canvas, 64 x 76 cm, Hugh Lane Gallery

Join me for this six part illustrated lectures series when we will be exploring the theme of Irish artists and their travels abroad. We will also be looking at artists who came to Ireland and were inspired by this experience in their art practice.

6 Week Course Online

Dates: March 2021 – Details to TBA

Wednesdays 2.30 pm – 4 pm

Location: Online via Zoom