Art history - Keeley Street

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.

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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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We offer a range of 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. Art history taster
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Curious about art history? Join us for this taster session where we explore different ways into visual art and its histories, from the ancient to the contemporary.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  2. Art in medieval England
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Plant
    This course will explore the painting, sculpture and especially architecture of Medieval England Focussing mainly on the period following the Norman Conquest, we will discuss the developments in architecture in England and works of sculpture and painting.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  3. Curating and collecting contemporary art in the UK
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Have you ever wondered how works of art and cultural objects have been collected for public museums and galleries in Britain? Who collected these objects? What functions have public collections played in society? Why ‘collect for the nation’?
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  4. Art in 15th-century Siena
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    Explore the art, society and geography of 15th century Siena, the picturesque Tuscan republic. Expand your knowledge of the Italian Renaissance beyond the borders of Florence by studying one of its worthy artistic, political and intellectual rivals.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  5. Looking at architecture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Study significant examples of Western architecture from the ancient to post-modern era, including works by contributors such as Wren, Pugin, Gaudi and Le Corbusier, considering style, materials and techniques, function, as well as social, political and cultural contexts that shaped the buildings.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  6. Focus on: British printmaking in the late 19th and early 20th century
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Discover the work of the significant artist-printmakers who worked in Britain from the late 19th century through to the Interwar period: the printmaking processes they used, and the ways they variously responded to tradition and modernity.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  7. Art and revolution: in the long 18th century
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    From the absolute monarch to the beheaded king, discover how artists contributed to the cultural revolutions of the ‘long 18th century’ (1630s-1800). We explore how shifts in artistic style and subject matter reflected dramatic social change. Through reading the philosophy of the age we uncover how this era’s complex notions of beauty and justice still impact art and society today.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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  8. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau transformed their artistic language with the study Japanese art, form and subject.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  9. Cutting it fine: collage in modern & contemporary art
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Mar 2023

    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
  10. Makers not muses: Claude Cahun, Eileen Agar and Isabel Rawsthorne
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Explore the work of three radical artists whose work and practice defied convention in modern art from the 1920s to 1960s. Discover how each artist challenged and transcended society’s expectations of being a ‘muse’ by living freely and making art in a variety of media, from painting and sculpture to collage, photography and performance.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  11. Art and melancholy: from the Enlightenment to the Victorian age
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    70% of 100
  12. Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in the Middle Ages
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    Why were images to do with the afterlife so prevalent in the Middle Ages? Come, face your eternal destinies and look at images such as the Last Judgement, skeletons, filthy flesh, worms, ghosts and Hell mouths.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  13. Homes, houses and art in Britain 1900-1960
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    Knock on the door of artists’ houses and studios from 1900-1960 to experience exciting and visually dazzling spaces created over the course of their careers. At a time when artists were beginning to forge their own brave new visual worlds, this course considers what the homes might tell us about the artists and how they wanted their homes to be seen.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
  14. Focus on: fashion in 16th century art
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Do you know your codpiece from your farthingale? Why did the ruff become so fashionable? How do we identify figures in narrative and religious art? This short course explores the fascinating world of costume in 16th century European painting. Explore the socio-political context behind portraiture, how fashion was employed to convey status, and the impact of developments in textiles and trade.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  15. Focus on: Hopper
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Study Hopper’s key works, including 'Automat' and 'Nighthawks', within the context of biography, social and political events, and movements such as Regionalism, Social Realism and American Scene painting.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100

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