Art history

Art History courses online and in London

Looking to build your confidence in discussing and interpreting art? Or, are you interested in building upon your established knowledge of art in new directions? Then come and join City Lit’s Art History learning community!

Our exceptional range of courses, both introductory and in-depth, are designed for all learning levels. Our programme approaches art history from a variety of perspectives including social and cultural context, art theory and philosophy, curation and collecting, general art appreciation and so much more.

Online, classroom-based and gallery-based art history courses

We offer our classes in-person at our Central London location and at many galleries and museums in and around London. Many of our courses are also offered online, giving you the freedom to study from anywhere you need to be. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred delivery method. See our guide to online learning for more information about our live online courses.

Choosing the right class for you

Our courses are open to all. Our students come from all backgrounds and learning experiences, from the absolute beginner to those refining their knowledge and understanding. We aim to give you the confidence to engage meaningfully with art, whatever level you are working from. Our students use our courses for personal fulfilment as well as professional and educational development. Many of our students go on to advanced degree and certificate programmes and many are able to use their knowledge in art making and gallery work.

Learn from expert tutors

At City Lit we are proud of the expertise of our tutors who are all professional art historians working actively in museums, galleries, research and writing, universities and auction houses. As experts in the field, they are able to provide you with the support and guidance you need to develop your art historical knowledge. As teachers they provide student-focused education, helping students achieve their art historical goals, both the personal and the professional.

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  1. Classical art, myths and legends
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    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 online art history course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. The art and culture of 18th century London
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    Explore Georgian painting, sculpture and architecture, and consider them within the context of the history and culture of the 18th century exploring museums, galleries and other places in London online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  3. Friday lates: The painted lives of the Safavid Dynasty of Iran
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    This Friday evening art history session will explore narrative miniature painting made under royal patronage in 16th century Safavid Iran.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  4. Art history taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Wonder what's involved in online learning at City Lit? Try this taster session!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
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  5. Introduction to the Wallace Collection
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the Wallace Collection looking at its fine and decorative art objects, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and even arms and armour. #wallacecollection #arthistory.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Focus on: Leonardo da Vinci
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Artist, scientist, and ‘Renaissance Man’ Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest minds in history. We look at his inspirations, his theories and some of his major works.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  7. Think like an artist: in 16th century Venice
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Find out how the art of the mercantile republic of 16th century Venice reflects its unique location, trade routes and society.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  8. Focus on: Giotto
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    Discover the life and work of Giotto, was one of the earliest artists to be written about within his lifetime, his genius held up as the ideal by Italian painting critics for the next five centuries.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  9. Friday lates: art and alchemy: from the ancient to today
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Collier
    Delve into a magical world of hidden secrets and bizarre symbolism as we distil the heady mix that is art and alchemy; from early manuscripts and renaissance paintings, to the surrealists and contemporary art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  10. Friday lates: Lubaina Himid – longing and belonging
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    This Friday evening art history course spotlights the work of artist Lubaina Himid, coinciding with a major retrospective of her work at Tate Modern from 25 November 2021 to 3 July 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  11. Friday lates: magical modernism: modern art and the occult
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Collier
    Discover Modern Art’s secret history: a mysterious melting-pot of mystic auras, magical colour theories, trances, alchemy and the spirit-physics of the 4th-dimension, hiding beneath the familiar stories of science, reason and industry.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  12. Landscape in art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Can a depiction of a landscape ever simply be JUST a landscape? Or is it a view onto a wider world, is there a context or, in the words of David Hockney, a “bigger picture?”.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  13. Women in art 1800-1900
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  14. The art of Byzantium
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anita Chowdry
    A study of the unique visual flavour of Byzantine art and architecture, the development of a range of craft industries, and the impact of Byzantium on other cultures.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Costume and fashion in art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Costume from the past rarely survives, except in the depiction of it in paintings. Explore 500 years of costume in European art across a range of subject matter and decode the socio-political contexts and cultural identities contained within the choice of dress.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

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