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: Ashmoleon Museum, Oxford. Photo: Remi Mathis

    A grand day out: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Course Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Tour the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and find out about its amazing collection of paintings and antiquities. Tutor: Julia Musgrave

    #ashmolean #oxford #arthistory #courses #arthistorycourse #artgallery #artmuseum #museum.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. A grand day out: London's great houses - Ham House. Photo: Manfred Heyde

    A grand day out: London's great houses - Ham House

    Course Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the riches of 17th century Stuart England through an extended visit to Ham House, one of London's most exquisite stately homes.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. A grand day out: London's Great Houses - Osterley House. Photo: Jim Linwood

    A grand day out: London's great houses - Osterley House

    Course Date: Thu 1 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the art and design of 18th century Georgian England through an extended visit to Osterley Park, one of London's most exquisite stately homes, and its gardens.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the wars

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jan 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 Surrealism, political art, and abstract art. Tutor: Alison Meek #arthistory #modernart #twentiethcenturyart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Change must come: art, politics and society

    Change must come: art, politics and society

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an exploration of art history, drawing on specific politically and socially significant periods, artists and works. We will conclude with an engagement with contemporary art and politics. Tutor: James Mansfield #arthistory #courses #evening #arthistorymatters #contemporaryart #modernart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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