History of Art

History of Art

Why choose History of Art?

At Queen’s Gate we have a long tradition of stimulating, dynamic History of Art teaching and pupils are encouraged to develop both an enquiring mind and a love of the subject. Classes are highly interactive and pupils are encouraged to debate their ideas with their teacher and with each other. Pupils are taught how to analyse art within its historical and cultural contexts, exploring its varying functions and roles in society, its formal qualities and its recurrent themes. Pupils also explore issues such as patronage, the representation of gender, the changing status of the artist and the materials, techniques and processes employed.History of Art A Level at Queen’s Gate is an ideal complement to other humanities subjects such as English Literature, History, Religious Studies, Classics or Philosophy. It is also a helpful A Level for Fine Art pupils, as it helps them to make links between their own work and that of previous artistic traditions. The subject stimulates intellectual enquiry and encourages independent thought. By the end of the course pupils will have developed the skills to visually analyse and to interpret any painting, sculpture or building critically in terms of its composition, themes and social and historical context.

At Queen’s Gate we have a wide ranging and well stocked Art History Library to support pupils. We also make regular study trips to a variety of London Museums and Galleries, including the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection, Tate Britain and Tate Modern and the Courtauld Gallery in order to see the works we are studying first hand.


Year Unit Topic
AS 1 Visual Analysis and Interpretation.
In this Unit, pupils are taught how to analyse the visual features and stylistic elements of painting, sculpture and architecture from Antiquity to the present.
2 Themes in History of Art.
In this Unit, pupils explore eight art historical themes. They are taught how to apply these themes to a range of examples drawn from the history of Western art.
 A2 3 Investigation and Interpretation 1.
Pupils undertake an in depth study of 17th Century painting, sculpture and architecture
4 Investigation and Interpretation 2.
Pupils undertake an in depth study of Early Modernist (1900-1945) painting, sculpture and architecture – from 1900-1945.