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.
- Introduction to art historyCourse start date: Fri 29 Sep 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Thomas BalfeAre you interested in art and want to get more out of looking at art and exhibitions? Want to know what an art historian does? Develop your interpretative skills by exploring at how art is made and what social and cultural factors construct our understanding of it.
- Art history tasterCourse start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 14 other dates)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Sarah JaffrayCurious 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.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- The art of the Burgundian Netherlands c. 1360-1480Course start date: Tue 17 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julia MusgraveExplore how the extravagant lifestyle of the Burgundian court provided opportunities for an opulent Burgundian style to be developed and disseminated across Europe in the late middle ages and into the renaissance.Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
- European architecture in the Middle Ages 800-1500
- The art of the French RenaissanceCourse start date: Tue 21 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julia MusgraveWhat makes the art of the renaissance in France so fantastical and fanciful? How much does it owe to Italian artists? Where can you see examples and why does so little survive? Discover the story of the rise and fall of the French renaissance.Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
- Ancient Rome: art & architectureCourse start date: Tue 9 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard PlantThe ancient Rome Empire has provided a model for artistic and particularly architectural production in nearly all the centuries since its fall. We will study the development of Roman architecture and explore works of art in the best-preserved media; sculpture, painting and mosaics.Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
- Weird and wondrous: the strange art of Bosch, Brueghel and the SurrealistsCourse start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emma Rose BarberWelcome to the weird and wonderful world of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breughel the elder – two northern Renaissance artists and a larger group of 20th-century artists known as the Surrealists who share many similarities with the strange and curious subjects that they conjured up to ignite discussion and even outrage.Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
- Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in the Middle AgesCourse start date: Tue 23 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emma Rose BarberWhy 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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
- Symbols and stories: saints in artCourse start date: Tue 4 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Elizabeth EyresSaints 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 includes a gallery visit.
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