Art history

Art History courses online and in London

Looking to build your confidence in discussing and interpreting art? Or are you interested in taking your established knowledge of art in new directions? Then come and join City Lit’s Art History learning community!

Our exceptional range of courses, both introductory and in-depth, are designed for all learning levels. Our programme approaches art history from a variety of perspectives including social and cultural context, art theory and philosophy, curation and collecting, general art appreciation and so much more.

Choosing the right class for you

Our courses are open to all. Our students come from all backgrounds and learning experiences, from the absolute beginner to those refining their knowledge and understanding. We aim to give you the confidence to engage meaningfully with art, whatever level you are working from. Our students use our courses for personal fulfilment as well as professional and educational development. Many of our students go on to advanced degree and certificate programmes and many are able to use their knowledge in art making and gallery work.

Learn from expert tutors

At City Lit we are proud of the expertise of our tutors who are all professional art historians working actively in museums, galleries, research and writing, universities and auction houses. As experts in the field, they are able to provide you with the support and guidance you need to develop your art historical knowledge. As teachers they provide student-focused education, helping students achieve their art historical goals, both the personal and the professional.

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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Cutting it fine: collage in modern & contemporary art
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Immerse yourself in an exploration of the history of collage going as far back as ancient China to international contemporary art today. This engaging study day will enhance your knowledge of the roots of this fascinating media, and illustrate how collage techniques have been pivotal to major modern and contemporary art movements, from Cubism, Dada and Surrealism to photomontage and digital art.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  2. Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  3. Friday lates: the home in art
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    From the renaissance to the present day the background, and the objects used by the people in an image give us a chance to see what homes and domestic life might have been like for artists and their contemporaries.



    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
  4. Lunchtime lecture: Angelica Kauffmann, Neo-Classical woman
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Discover how Neo-Classical womanhood was developed in the art of Angelica Kauffman.



    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 £7.00
  5. Friday lates: Helen Chadwick - woman in revolt
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Discover the work of British artist, Helen Chadwick (1953-1996) whose ground-breaking practice in sculpture, photography and installation art challenged media and public perceptions of women in society; and the female body. Exploring ideas of gender, identity and sexuality, Chadwick was significantly influential on a following generation of artists in Britain.



    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
  6. Focus on: iconography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings in medieval and Renaissance art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  7. Lunchtime lecture: Constable’s Hampstead
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Marilyn Greene
    Explore Georgian and Regency Hampstead walking (virtually) in the footsteps of John Constable and seeing places he painted and quotes about his thoughts and feelings on Hampstead and his art.



    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 £8.00 Concession £7.00
  8. Friday lates: Peggy Guggenheim - saving modern art
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Get to know the curatorial practice and art collection of Peggy Guggenheim and how it helped to save the work of many modern artists from their fascist censors.



    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
  9. Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  10. Study trip: Caravaggio in Rome
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Marie-Anne Mancio
    Join us to explore Caravaggio’s Rome, Italy’s most historic city. This three-day tour with an expert art historian will reveal another dimension to Caravaggio’s practice, showing you some stunning baroque artworks. Maximum 14 places.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £469.00 Concession £469.00
  11. Women in art: 1900-1960
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    On this course we shall explore and examine the considerable, and significant, contributions of women painters and sculptors to the avant-garde art world during the first half 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
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  12. Lunchtime lecture: John Singer Sargent - beautiful subversion
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore the historical context of John Singer Sargent’s fashionable portraits to better understand their depth and importance in modern art.



    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 £7.00
  13. Art and melancholy: from the Enlightenment to the Victorian age
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    Study the art of the period from c.1750-1880 considering Romanticism and the Pre-Raphaelites. We look at ‘romantic’ landscape, the modern moral subject and the depiction of women. Explore the art of women artists who struggled to survive as artists in the tightly controlled world of the art academy where the woman was encouraged to be muse and model rather than creator and thinker.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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