Art history

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. Art history taster
    Course Date: Wed 31 Mar 2021 (and 2 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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. London's smaller art collections
    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021 (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
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  3. Symbols and stories: saints in art
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Saints are represented 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.

    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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  4. Ten modern & contemporary artists you should know
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Look in depth at 3-4 artists a week across a series of themes from alienation to post-conceptualism. What links can be made between artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and where is art heading?

    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
  5. Costume and fashion in art
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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
  6. London's hidden art and architecture
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Uncover a whole new side of London, from Roman times to the present day through a series of virtual visits to art galleries and historic sites.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
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  7. Russian modernism: the Silver Age
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    From the 1890s to 1917, as Russia hurtled towards the Revolution, it experienced an incredible flowering of culture that came to be known as the Silver Age. Explore its art, poetry, film, dance, music, and literature.

    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
  8. Extended history of modern art in 50 works
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This course looks at some iconic examples of 20th century art, architecture, and design to trace a chronological history of modern art.

    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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Art of the Northern Renaissance
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the exquisite art of the Northern Renaissance through the work of its most innovative artists, including Albrecht Dürer, Rogier van der Weyden, Jan van Eyck, Grünewald, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

    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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  10. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau were freed from the conventions of their cultural and artistic restraints by the motifs and philosophy of Japanese art.

    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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  11. An introduction to the history of architecture
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Architecture is the one art form that we cannot avoid even if we try. It shapes our environment and the way we live our lives, so understanding why buildings look the way they do is a vital part of understanding the world around us. This introductory course will enable you to do just that by examining the development of architectural styles from Ancient Greece to the present day.

    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
  12. Focus on: Vermeer
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Master of stillness and light, author of only 35, maybe 36, known works, Vermeer’s art continues to fascinate. Discover his life and works in the context of the Dutch Golden Age.

    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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  13. Friday lates: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kara Walker - representing history
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore how two of contemporary art’s most important voices use art history, from Ancient Egypt to Jackson Pollock, to develop contemporary representations of Western art and cultural history.

    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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