Art history taster

Course Dates: 27/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session!


What is the course about?

This class is an opportunity to discuss what makes a work of art and what studying art history is alll about.
As we explore those questions we'll be looking a number of works of art from ancient to contemporary.
You will also have the opportunity to ask individually about art history courses offered by the City Lit and to discuss opportunities for further study.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“Will be interested in focus days and day study trips next year. Enjoyed the teaching style.”

“Lively presentation.”

“This was a very useful introduction to Art History for me. I would love to start a longer beginner’s course in this subject very soon.”


What will we cover?

- An exploration of works from different periods that make us question what makes a a work of art.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Have a clearer understanding of what an art history course at the City Lit entails
- Appreciate what art history entails
- Have an awareness of further studies in art history at the City Lit.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with a slide lecture and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to bring a notebook.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Options for further study will be discussed in class.


Customer Reviews 9 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

A great Art History introductory course. It ticked all the boxes and was very interesting. I will be returning to City Lit.
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Review by Caroline / (Posted on 15/01/2020)
If you have a little knowledge about art, you will enjoy this taster course. It’s interactive and very interesting.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/01/2020)
very worthwhile
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/12/2019)
Very enjoyable couple of hours with a fantastic tutor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/12/2019)
Definitely give it a go, lots of interesting and varied information covered in just 2 hours
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/12/2019)
Give it a try
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Review by Bill Graham / (Posted on 17/09/2019)
Excellent way of understanding paintings a bit better
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Review by Pauline johnston / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
Very good speaker, interesting and good slides.
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Review by JT / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
It does what it says - gives a taster for Art History
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/12/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Julia Musgrave Tutor Website

Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York where she is researching the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937. She is Art History course co-ordinator at City Lit, Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VB481

Fri, eve, 27 Mar - 27 Mar '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £19.00
Senior fee: £19.00
Concession: £12.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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