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. Friday lates: female Surrealists in London
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    From the occult to the abstract, explore the art London-based, female surrealists and their unique contributions to one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century.

    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. Feminism in modern and contemporary art
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021

    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 £129.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Weird and wondrous: the strange art of Bosch, Brueghel and the Surrealists
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breughel the elder – two northern Renaissance artists and a larger group of 20th-century artists known as the Surrealists who share many similarities with the strange and curious subjects that they conjured up to ignite discussion and even outrage.

    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
  4. Romanesque and Gothic sculpture: beyond the antique
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the changes in style and the use of materials in sculpture from the Romanesque to the Gothic, a period when sculptors made objects ranging from great tombs and portals to tiny objects of religious devotion. We will be looking at objects made from around 1000 to 1450.

    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
  5. Sensing sanctity: encounters with art and architecture in the medieval world
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The art and architecture of the medieval world ranks among the most profound and affecting in human history. Learn not only when and where images of gold, bone, blood and stone were made, but how and why they touched, upset, delighted and even frightened medieval men and women.

    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
  6. In depth: late Renaissance
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the incredible progress of High and Late Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy and Western Europe. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
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  7. Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00
  8. Friday lates: poster art: print, pop and propaganda
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021

    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  9. Focus on: the artist workshops of early Mughal and Rajput India
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Looking at the formation of the Mughal school of painting in India under the patronage of early rulers of the dynasty focusing on key artists in the royal ateliers.

    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
  10. What makes a masterpiece
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Look at works of art in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?

    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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  11. Caravaggio and his world
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the life and world of Caravaggio in the context of Counter-Reformation and baroque aesthetics; contemporaries and rivals like Giovanni Baglione, the Carracci, Orazio Gentileschi; and followers like Artemisia Gentileschi and the Dutch Caravaggisti.

    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
  12. Friday lates: art and maps
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Maps have a long and fascinating history, yet it was really the 20th Century that saw them come alive as an artistic medium, as artists turned to them to explore their place in a disoriented world. Discover the many ways artists have worked with maps, from Surrealism through to Digital Media.

    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
  13. Focus on: James McNeill Whistler
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Whistler’s art moved painting towards abstraction, sparked a renaissance in printmaking and gave us the Peacock Room, a masterpiece of interior design. He also mastered the gentle art of making enemies.

    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. Focus on: art and medicine
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    From the Classical World to the Contemporary, what might the sick body in art tell us about cultural beliefs and what it means to be human?

    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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  15. London's smaller art collections
    Course Date: Tue 18 May 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
    Rating:
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