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. 20th century German art

    Course Date: Fri 29 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore 100 years of German art, from movements such as Expressionism and Dadaism to artists like Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer, through a mixture of lectures, discussions and gallery visits.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  2. 20th Century Spanish art and culture

    Course Date: Wed 4 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the development of Spanish art from the aftermath of Spain's 1898 defeat in the Spanish-American War through dictatorship to democracy at the end of the 20th century. We will focus on key episodes highlighting the contribution of Spanish artists, architects and film-makers to 20th-century visual culture.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. A grand day out: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Course Date: Fri 16 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course provides an introduction to the wide range of artworks within the collection at the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. A grand day out: the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    Course Date: Fri 24 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of paintings, antiquities and decorative arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on this one-day, location-based course.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. A grand day out: Winchester Cathedral

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. A-Z: Classical art, myths and legends

    Course Date: Wed 27 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know your Aphrodite from your Hera? Do you know who is represented by an eagle? Who was turned into reeds? Unlock the rich world of classical myths and legends in this classroom-based course.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. Animals and humans in contemporary art

    Course Date: Thu 28 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how artists have been representing animals from the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century to the present. We focus on the shift in depicting animal-human relations and the role of technological development. #modernart #contemporaryart #.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Antiques and collectables: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Art and empire

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    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.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Art and madness

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    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

  11. Art and the politics of memory

    Course Date: Tue 5 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How have artists since 1960 engaged with the recent history and memory of political conflict? What role have artists had in remembering a difficult or traumatic past? What are the connections between memory and national identity in their work? #arthistory #eveningcourse #contemporaryart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Art evolutions: Pop to Post-Internet Art

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts. This can be studied on its own or as a continuation of 'Modern art: 1900-1950'.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Art history taster

    Course Date: Wed 13 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is all about? Not sure you want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session and enjoy exploring a few paintings in depth.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

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