Art History Courses Online

Explore our exceptional range of Art History courses, from Medieval and Renaissance through to Modern, Contemporary and World Art. We offer introductory and in-depth courses, to suit all levels of interest and experience.

You can now study online from the comfort of home, and our small classes allow you to participate in group discussions with fellow adult students, sharing your passion for art as part of a learning community. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. For more information, please see our guide to online learning.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators. Many also teach in Higher Education and in London’s major galleries. Tutors share their knowledge and passion for art through illustrated presentations, interactive discussion, analysis, and other activities. Many of our students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit Art History community; others are inspired to progress onto university study of Art History.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place online now.

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  1. Focus on: Holbein

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    From Augsburg and Basel to London Holbein’s prints, drawings and paintings unflinching realism influenced the artists of his generation and beyond. We look at his life, his varied career and legacy.

    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

  2. Friday lates: Paula Rego: memories of childhood

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 26 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the work of one of Britain’s best loved artists, whose paintings of vivid interior and private drama draw on her early years growing up in Portugal under the repressive Catholic dictatorship of General Salazar.

    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

  3. Symbols and stories: saints in art

    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

  4. Ten modern & contemporary artists you should know

    New
    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. Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent

    Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent

    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the fascinating world of Indian and Islamic art and the cross-cultural links not only between neighbouring countries but also with the art of Europe.

    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

  6. Costume and fashion in art

    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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

  7. The Wallace Collection - Front State Room - via Wikimedia Commons. Author: M.chohan

    Introduction to the Wallace Collection

    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  8. 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

  9. Friday lates: the art of zines

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Underground passions and radical imagery have defined so-called fanzines for over 80 years. From the earliest examples to today, we explore their content, technique and the relation of DIY culture to wider artistic practices.

    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. Key sculptors you should know

    Key sculptors you should know

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Study sculptors from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern, including Donatello, Bernini, Canova, Rodin, Picasso and Whiteread, considering styles, materials and techniques of key works within social and cultural contexts.

    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

  11. Extended history of modern art in 50 works

    Course Date: Tue 20 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

  12. Landscape in art

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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. Art of the Northern Renaissance

    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

  14. Styles in art

    Styles in art

    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period.

    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

  15. German art from the 1960s

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore German art from the 1960s to present, from movements such as Conceptualism, Fluxus, Capitalist Realism and Neo-Expressionism to the most recent multi-media 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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

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