Art history

Our art history programme is growing. We have expanded our architecture provision and our focus beyond western art to include Islamic art, Japanese art and the art of the Near East. There are courses on curation for aspiring practitioners and a host of other art history courses on subjects as diverse as the history of fashion, comic books, urban art and artists' books that can be taken alone, or to complement surveys of periods. You can also study the history of photography, design, video and sound art. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
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  1. Focus on: Grayson Perry

    Course Date: Sun 30 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Grayson Perry: ceramicist, curator ('The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman'), designer of tapestries ('The Vanity of Small Differences'), dress designer, graphic novelist, social commentator, collector, and 2003 Turner Prize winner. Discover the wit and consummate craft of this fascinating artist. Tutor: Marie-Anne Mancio #arthistory #summerschool #weekendcourse #graysonperry.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. Focus on: Warhol

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Warhol’s key works, such as '16 Jackies' and 'Green Disaster', within the context of biography, social and political events, stylistic developments, materials and the international Pop Art movement.Tutor: Rachel Sanders.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. In depth: revolutionary art in the 20th century - Ai WeiWei

    In depth: revolutionary art in the 20th century

    Course Date: Thu 8 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is an in-depth look at the impact of technological, social and political revolutions in the 20th century, and the creation of modern art.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Italian Renaissance drawing: design, form and function

    Course Date: Mon 5 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Behind every great Renaissance painting is an equally astounding, some would say greater, Renaissance drawing. Indeed artists were judged firstly not by the quality of their paintings but by their grasp of, and skill in, drawing. Discover more about why and how great Renaissance works were created.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Key London architects: Hawksmoor

    Course Date: Sat 3 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This focus day will explore the much maligned, eclectic work of Nicholas Hawksmoor, a significant, but greatly overshadowed architect. Includes visits to two of his churches.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Seriously funny: a history of art and humour

    Course Date: Sat 19 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fascinating and amusing course by cultural theorist Ian Tucknott explores a history of artists and their jokes, from hilarious Hogarth to today’s most amusing art makers. This course is part of City Lit Art’s 'Ready/Made' Summer School Programme. Tutor: Ian Tucknott #arthistory #summerschool #hogarth #Banksy #duchamp.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Shock of the new: contemporary architecture in London

    Course Date: Sat 17 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London’s recent building boom has foregrounded discussions about architectural style, but postmodernism has been practiced in the Capital for more than forty years. This course will look at the style’s variety through key examples.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Significant things: a history of art and objects

    Course Date: Mon 17 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is part of City Lit Art’s 'Ready/Made' Summer School, and explores a history of objects in art from the traditional still life, to ready-mades, object-art, and contemporary artists’ fascination with things. Tutor: Ian Tucknott #arthistory #summerschool.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Summer lates: making connections at the National Gallery

    Course Date: Fri 21 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Rubens: six degrees of separation. An exploration of the life and work of Rubens, and his links and connections to well-known artists, people and places through the National Gallery collection. Tutor: Julia Musgrave #Fridaylates #nationalgallery #arthistory #rubens.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  10. Summer lates: Tate Modern

    Course Date: Fri 14 Jul 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join us for a ‘summer late’ session at the Tate Modern and explore a number of important works from the permanent collection. Discover, discuss and enjoy the evening ambience at the newly extended Tate Modern. #arthistory #fridaylates #tatemodern.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  11. Summer lates: treasure troves at the British Museum

    Course Date: Fri 14 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Take a Friday evening to discover treasure troves in the British Museum, such as the Mildenhall Treasure and the Cuerdale Hoard, and find out about the societies in which these discoveries were produced. Tutor: Dr Barbara Zeitler #arthistory #summerschool #britishmuseum #fridaylates #treasure.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  12. Summer lates: V&A - Islamic art at the V&A Museum

    Course Date: Fri 28 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Spend a summer’s evening finding out about art outside Europe, in particular the V&A’s fascinating and extensive collection of Islamic art objects. Tutor: Dr Barbara Zeitler #fridaylates #V&A #islamicart.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  13. The Bloomsbury Group weekend

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    They lived in squares and loved in triangles. Discover the complex world of the Bloomsbury Group, British modernists, through the work of key figures like Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, and Duncan Grant.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. The Dutch and Flemish Golden Age

    Course Date: Tue 6 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the grandeur of Rubens to the soul-searching of Rembrandt, we explore the many masters of one of the most influential eras of artistic production, in a region of tremendous diversity and innovation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Victorian architecture in London: a clash of old and new

    Course Date: Sat 10 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Eclecticism defines 19th-century architecture. This course will look at key styles including neo-classical, gothic revival, early modernism and those rooted in design reforms, such as the arts and crafts movement. Tutor: Rachel Sanders.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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