Art History Courses in London

Interested in art history? Then why not browse our extensive range of art history courses, to explore 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 – and also take place in many of London’s galleries and museums, as well as online.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Boris Mikailovich Kustodiev, Bolshevik, 1920, State Tretyakov Gallery

    Art of the Russian Revolution

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The Russian Revolution changed Russia forever. Explore how its ideals and realities were expressed in the painting, design, photography, architecture, textiles, poetry, and films of the era. Running in partnership with Pushkin House.

    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

  2. The small early Christian basilica of Philippopolis, Plovdiv Bulgaria, 5th Century CE (Photo: Vladislav Nedelev) - This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

    In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the sources of early Christian images in depth. We'll consider the main developments, and the motivations behind their origins.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  3. London's smaller art collections

    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on 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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Spanish art: in the age of Picasso, Miro and Dali 1885-1936

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Reflecting a 'silver age' of literature, art in Spain before the Civil war encompasses the modernist genius of Picasso, Juan Gris and Miró; the surrealism of Dalí and the late Impressionism of Joaquín Sorolla.

    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

  5. Feminism in modern and contemporary art

    Course Date: Fri 6 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover important modern and contemporary artists whose work can be broadly linked to the feminist project. We will discuss the political and social contexts in which the artworks were created.

    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

  6. Understanding contemporary art: ideas and origins

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  7. Women in art 1800-1900

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Mouth of Hell from an Apocalypse manuscript (detail) c. 1320-1330, BL Add MS 17333, f. 43r

    To fear God: images of Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Mon 9 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Heaven and Hell, as dwelling places for the dead were common images in Christian medieval art. Purgatory was a possible destination for the soul before reaching either Hell or Heaven. Why were images to do with the afterlife so prevalent at this time? Come, face your eternal destinies and look at images such as the Last Judgement, skeletons, filthy flesh, worms, ghosts and Hell mouths.

    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

  9. Islamic art in medieval north and west Africa

    Course Date: Fri 13 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course examines the unique flavour of Islamic visual culture as it spread across north Africa and into the Sahel, meeting the great empires of medieval west Africa.

    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

  10. Friday lates: poster art: print, pop and propaganda

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Get a snapshot of the eye-catching and colourful world of poster art, from Belle Époque decadence to Avant-Garde dynamism; from Art Nouveau to Atelier Populaire, and the everyday glamour of Pop.

    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: launching the YBAS - from warehouse to stardom

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Did the YBAs unleash new artistic creativity or were they simply ambitious, self-promoting young art students from Goldsmiths determined to shock? Explore their art and the exhibitions which launched them; Freeze (1988) and Sensation (1997).

    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. Focus on: Frida Kahlo

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Mexican painter Frida Kahlo has been cast in many roles: surrealist, wife to Diego Rivera, feminist icon, cyborg, mistress of reinvention. Explore her extraordinary art, life, politics and legacy in this weekend 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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Focus on: David Hockney

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In 2011 David Hockney was voted most influential British artist of all time in a poll of over 1000 artists. Explore how Hockney’s career as painter, photographer and writer has evolved over six decades.

    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

  14. Art history taster

    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. Friday lates: magical modernism: modern art and the occult

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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

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