Art History Courses in London

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. Symbols and stories: saints in art

    Symbols and stories: saints in art

    Course Date: Mon 3 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Saints are represented in in masterpieces of Christian art from 1200 to the present – learn how to recognise them, decode their meanings and iconography and enhance your understanding of this aspect of art history.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  2. Islamic art in medieval north and west Africa

    Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines the unique flavour of Islamic visual culture as it spread accross north Africa and into the Sahel, meeting the great empires of medieval west Africa. The course will include one off-site visit to the Africa galleries at the British Museum. #islamicart #africanart.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  3. Feminism in art: political use of the body

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover prominent modern and contemporary artists whose work can be broadly linked to the feminist project. We focus on the artistic use of body imagery within its respective political and social contexts.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Focus on: Hogarth

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the life and work of William Hogarth. Best known for his print engravings and his bawdy depictions of 18th century London, we explore these and other aspects of his work and the society that inspired it. #arthistory #hogarth #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Women in art 1800-1900

    Course Date: Wed 19 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    During the 19th century female painters and sculptors gained greater prominence, although a career in art was still challenging for women artists. In this course we examine their work and how such progress was achieved. #arthistory #womeninart #impressionism #preraphaelites.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Focus on: Irish art

    Course Date: Sun 23 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ireland has a rich history of visual art, from the Book of Kells and the grandeur of its Georgian architecture to modern and contemporary artists such as Jack Yeats and Francis Bacon. #irishart #arthistory #weekend #weekendcourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Focus on: Picasso

    Focus on: Picasso

    Course Date: Sun 30 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Picasso’s key works, such as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica, within the context of biography, social and political events, stylistic developments, artistic influences and movements including Primitivism and Cubism. #weekendcourse #arthistory #picasso.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Pioneering women at the National Portrait Gallery  

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Meet some of history's most inspiring women, not only well-known pioneers but also women over the past five hundred years whose stories have been forgotten. Discover and celebrate their achievements. #arthistory #npg.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Summer lates: Wellcome Collection

    Course Date: Thu 4 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    From ancient Roman sculpture to a portrait by Vincent van Gogh explore the connections of art, medicine and what it means to be human in the galleries of Wellcome Collection. #arthistory #summerschool #wellcomecollection #thursdaylates.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  10. Art and literature

    Course Date: Sat 6 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Themes from Shakespeare, Dante, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and fairytales have inspired some of the greatest artworks and artists from Titian, Rodin, Millais and Picasso to contemporary artists like Paula Rego. Includes gallery visit. #arthistory #shortcourse #art #literature.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Medieval to Renaissance - at the V&A

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Find out how luxury and religious objects from the middle ages and Renaissance reflect the culture and values of the societies that made them. #arthistory #vanda #renaissance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Collectors and curiosities - at the V&A

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    From cabinets of curiosities to the modern museum, we'll explore what drives the great collectors of the past and today. #arthistory #vanda #historyofcollecting.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Decoding dress: National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery  

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the meanings that cloth and clothing can convey through close consideration of famous paintings (and sitters). Artists from Duccio to Degas have used dress to tell stories, convey character, and help us to tell citizens from kings. #citylit #summerschool #nationalgallery #npg #portraits #costumehistory #historyofdress.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Art walks: stained glass in the city

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover stained glass in historic churches in walks and talks based on London's rich architectural heritage. Tutor: Alexandra Epps. #arthistory #stainedglass #citywalk #london #walkingtour.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Making illuminated manuscripts in the Islamic world

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical and theoretical course tracing the development of layout and decoration in sacred and secular illuminated manuscripts in the Islamic world. You will get to practice some of what you have learnt! #arthistory #shortcourse #islamicart #illuminatedmanuscripts.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

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