British Art of the 19th Century – Online Course


COURSE DATES: Mondays, 20th May – 24th June 2024

TUTOR: Daniel Greaney


TIMES: 6:30pm – 8:00pm


FEE: £115

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

Over the course of the 1800s, Britain underwent such significant social changes that by the close of the century, both the country’s cultural and physical landscape were almost unrecognisable. The Royal Academy remained the key institution for the training of artists and the subsequent display of their works.

The century began with John Constable and JMW Turner dominating British art and celebrating the beauty and drama of the English countryside and coastline. However as time progressed, rebellious groups such as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood challenged the conventions of image-making, both in terms of concept and technique. This was also the era of towering Victorian Academic artists including Lord Leighton. Revivals in the Gothic style affected not just architecture but also sculpture and key figures such as John Ruskin and William Morris encouraged a total rejection of industrial mass-production. The Arts & Crafts Movement was one aspect of this attitude.

Recommend booking by: May 6, 2024

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

Beginner +

Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium.


Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.


Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

Please bring a notepad and pencil if you wish. 

Students need to ensure that they have all the  materials and technical equipment needed available from the first lesson.

The lessons will be facilitated through Google Meets. Please ensure your computer/laptop/smart phone is set-up prior to the first lesson.

You must ensure you have a Google Account ahead of your course, if you do not have one these are free and easy to setup. Please follow instructions here on how to setup.

Please email [email protected] if you struggle to set this up and we will be happy to help.

You will be emailed Google Meets link and instructions on how to join a week before the course starts.


Daniel Greaney is an artist and educator, he received an MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins, an MA in Art History from Birkbeck, London and has a PGCE in Post-16 Education. Daniel teaches A Level History of Art at a Sixth-Form College and is also part of Art History in Schools (AHiS), a charity which provides outreach art history courses to secondary level students without access to the subject. His research interest is the art of the Second French Empire.

  • Please ensure that at all times you follow our Code Of Conduct.
  • You will be sent a link for Google Meets and Padlet link one week before the start of your course.
  • Please note that the Art Academy cannot be held responsible for student’s technology and/or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
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We aim to foster a productive environment. We do not tolerate the following:

  • Screen-shotting or screen-recording at any point of the course (without expressed permission from the tutor or owners of the work)
  • Deliberate disruption of the session/conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, intimidation

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and bullying, which we define as:

  • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories (alt: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic, antisemetic, Islamophobic and classist behaviour and language)
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
  • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
  • Encouraging the above behaviour

Please also avoid interrupting the tutor and fellow students without cause.


If you violate the code of conduct we retain the right to eject you immediately from the lesson. Future participation will be discussed and you will be notified of the appropriate course of action.


Image/ John Everett Millais