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. Art history taster

    Course Date: Wed 12 Sep 2018 (and 4 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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  2. In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images

    In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sources of early Christian images in depth. We'll consider the main developments, and the motivations behind their origins. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. Manuscripts and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the techniques and styles used in producing manuscripts, from their earliest appearance to the 16th century. We'll consider the ways in which manuscripts were used and ask why such lavish attention was paid to them. Includes a visit to the British Library. Tutor: Dr Richard Plant #arthistory #manuscripts #illumination #historyofthebook.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Contemporary art in London

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  5. Friday Lates: the dark side of the art world - art theft

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fascinating subject of Art Theft. Find out about the grey market for looted and stolen cultural objects through discussion of several compelling case studies. #arthistory #fridaylates #arttheft.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  6. Focus on: Hopper

    Focus on: Hopper

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Islamic Art in the medieval world

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A course examining the formation and development of Islamic Art and Design; looking at the role of ideology and patronage, and the key influences that went into its development and evolution.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance - Leonardo da Vinci

    The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When, where and what was the Italian Renaissance? Explore it through the craft of its masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others and trace its legacy.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  9. The history of Western art in 100 paintings

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A chronological introduction to Western art from c.1250 to the present day, taught entirely through visits to London’s galleries.
    Full fee: £669.00
    Senior fee: £535.00
    Concession: £408.00

  10. Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  11. The art and culture of 17th century London

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the 17th century: a time of upheaval in Europe, intercontinental trade, religious schisms and a wide range of artistic styles. See its art, architecture and design in London’s galleries and museums. #arthistory #explorelondon #walkingtour.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. 20th Century Spanish art and culture

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    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

  13. Contemporary art concepts

    Course Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. 20th century German art  - Gerhard Richter

    20th century German art

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018
    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

  15. The Art of Rebellion

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the wealth of visual propaganda engendered by 20th century mass politics, including art from Russia, America, Mexico, France, Germany and the UK.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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