Art History Courses in London

Are you interested in art history and how to interpret art? Then why not browse our range of art history courses and choose from introductory courses, or explore further into practices, 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.

Contact us to find out more about art history - call 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm or email visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. Women in art 1400-1800

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Art history taster

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session!
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  3. Arts of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at how the vision of the Ottoman Sultans was crafted from diverse sources during a period of maximum growth, this course will focus on the architecture, arts and crafts of the early Ottoman Empire.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Looking at contemporary art

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Look at works by established artists in London galleries in this introduction to contemporary art. Work through different ways to discuss and critique contemporary art in its new and traditional formats.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. What makes a masterpiece

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at works 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?
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Friday lates: art and the Blitz

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Delve into the creative humanity of artists working during the Blitz; from Henry Moore and Lee Miller to the dozens of government-employed ‘war-artists’, we explore the insight of artistic expression in war.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  8. Think like an artist: in 19th century Britain

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the artistic world of 19th century Britain from the perspective of the artist. How did an artist train? What did it take to be successful? What new demands and challenges did leading artists face? Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Focus on: Botticelli

    Focus on: Botticelli

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botticelli created some of the most enduring mythological paintings of the Florentine Renaissance. Trace his painting career and discover the impact of first the Medici, then Savonarola, on his output. Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  11. Introduction to the Wallace Collection

    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    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 is gallery based.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. The art and culture of the Victorians

    The art and culture of the Victorians

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the fascinating world of the Victorians and their legacy, exploring fine art, design, architecture, and literature through gallery visits.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Arts of the empire-builders: Timurids, Safavids and Mughals

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Patronage under the Timurids, Safavids and Mughals marked a definitive period in the development of the arts and culture of the Islamic world. This course looks at the visual ‘brands’ that characterised these important empires.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. Anselm Kiefer- The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (Photo: Heinz Bunse)

    20th century German art

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore 20th century German art, from movements such as Expressionism and Dadaism to artists like Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer, through a mixture of lectures, discussions and a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. In depth: early Renaissance

    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the incredible progress of early Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting and decorative arts and the background to the Renaissance. Includes a gallery visit.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

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