Weekend course
Small is Beautiful: Miniature Objects and Why We Love Them

Saturday 4 November 2017 - Sunday 5 November 2017

  • Saturday 4 November 2017 - Sunday 5 November 2017

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £195.00 - £288.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

From the power of a portrait miniature to the delight inspired by turning a snuff box around in your hands, objects we hold or wear can conjure up strong emotions. Explore and handle a range of masterpieces from the renaissance to the present day and gain a deeper understanding of how these objects were made and why this contributes to their appeal.

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Charlotte Johnson

Course Leader Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson is the Assistant Curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection at the V&A. She studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in eighteenth-century French decorative arts and interiors. Charlotte has worked at various museums and historic houses, including Vaux-le-Vicomte and Chatsworth House.

I thoroughly enjoyed the quality, content and range of objects explored in the weekend courses. 2015/16 course student

Course Overview

Beautifully crafted miniature objects inspire wonder in those who look at them. They make us want to reach out and inspect them, unlocking the secrets of how they were made. This weekend course will look at a range of captivating objects from the renaissance to the present day. Throughout the course you will be offered the opportunity to handle these objects and to consider how we form relationships with objects, mentally and physically.

We will also explore how these small-scale masterpieces were made and how this contributes to their appeal. From the complex chemistry behind the steadfast colour of enamel miniatures, to the mind-bogglingly intricate construction of micromosaics, we will reveal the technical mastery behind each object.

£288 full price, £260 over 60s, £195 concessions per course (concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)


Explore the subjects you love

Delve deeper into the subjects you love and enjoy thought-provoking lectures in a group who share your passion. Refreshments served on arrival each day.

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Weekend course: Small is Beautiful: Miniature Objects and Why We Love Them

4 November 2017 - 5 November 2017

£195.00 - £288.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)