Art history

Are you interested in art history and how to interpret art? Then why not browse our range of art history courses and choose from introductory courses, or explore further into practices, debates and discover the work of some of the greatest artists of all time. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available at our main learning centre in London's cultural heart - Covent Garden.

Contact us to find out more about art history - call 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm or email visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. A grand day out: Winchester Cathedral

    Course Date: Sat 20 May 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Winchester Cathedral is one of the most magnificent churches in the country and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Discover the cathedral and its treasures during this one-day location-based course. Transport costs not included.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. A history of American art

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study American art, including paintings, illustrations and cartoons from late-nineteenth century Realists and Impressionists to sixties Pop Art and Minimalism, analysing movements and styles, social and political context, materials and art theory. Tutor: Dr Rachel Sanders #americanart #weekend #weekendcourse #weekendclass #arthistory #courses #arthistorycourse.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Antiques and collectables: an introduction

    Antiques and collectables: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the fascinating world of antiques and collecting, from Chippendale furniture to Staffordshire porcelain. Includes visits to museums and auction houses.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Art and empire

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the 16th and 17th centuries, Islamic Empires - Ottoman, Mughal and Safavid - developed distinctive styles, as luxury goods from their royal workshops evolved from designs of preceding eras, reaching new heights. Includes gallery visits. Tutor: Alison Meek #islamicart #artsofisalm #arthistory #courses.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Art and madness. Image: The Scream by Munch

    Art and madness

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is the relationship between creativity and madness? Is there a link or is this a romantic notion? Via Michelangelo, Goya, van Gogh, Munch and others, explore how ‘madness’ changes how we think about artists.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Art history taster

    Course Date: Wed 29 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session and explore a couple of paintings in depth.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  7. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design

    Course Date: Fri 3 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how art in Europe and America between the wars reacted to the culture of the times. Explore the experimental world of architecture and design in the art deco and Bauhaus period.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Asian art: India and Middle East

    Course Date: Wed 26 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the fascinating world of Indian and Islamic art and the cross-cultural links not only between neighbouring countries but also with the art of Europe. Includes a museum visit.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Asian art: the Far East

    Course Date: Wed 7 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the fascinating world of Chinese and Japanese art and the cross-cultural links not only between neighbouring countries but also with the art of Europe. Includes a museum visit.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. British art: 1900 - 1950

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the art of British modern artists and their relationship to the art of continental Europe between 1900-50. Who led developments and why did it take so long for them to gain recognition? Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Contemporary art showing in London

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Examine and discuss art on show in London. Each week we’ll visit a commercial gallery or public institution and examine specific exhibitions or paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. Discovering the art and architecture of London's churches

    Course Date: Wed 26 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  13. Extended history of modern art in 50 works

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This gallery-based course looks at some iconic examples of 20th century art, architecture, and design to trace a chronological history of modern art. Can be studied alone or as a sequel to 'The history of art in a 100 paintings'.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Focus on: Gauguin

    Focus on: Gauguin

    Course Date: Sat 6 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Gauguin’s key works, such as 'Vision After the Sermon' and 'Nevermore', within the context of biography, social history, stylistic developments, artistic influences and movements including Post-Impressionism and Primitivism. Tutor: Rachel Sanders.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Focus on: Hopper

    Course Date: Sat 13 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Hopper’s key works, including 'Automat' and 'Nighthawks', within the context of biography, social and political events, and movements such as Regionalism, Social Realism and American Scene painting. Tutor: Rachel Sanders.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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