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.
- Art and identity: from the High Renaissance to the ReformationCourse start date: Wed 4 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emma Rose BarberExplore the legendary art and artists of the High Renaissance in Italy and the Netherlands from c. 1490-1540. Consider the role that ‘self-fashioning’ plays in their fame and notoriety through close reading engagement of a combination of images and texts.
- 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 mirror of nature: art and culture in the 17th centuryCourse start date: Wed 18 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Leslie PrimoThe 17th century produced some of the greatest artists of all time: Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Bernini to name but a few. Explore the work of these key artists and understand the history, styles and ideas that shaped the century.Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
- Ways into advanced art history: beauty & formCourse start date: Wed 1 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah JaffrayDevelop a greater understanding of art history and how to analyse the cultural meaning of an artwork by going in-depth with the ideas of prominent art historians. This course explores the complex links between art and beauty, quality and cultural value by reading the work art historians and analysing ‘beautiful’ artworks from the ancient to the present day.Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
- Art and power: from the Counter-Reformation to the BaroqueCourse start date: Wed 8 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah JaffrayDiscover how artists documented and (many times) defined the political and religious revolutions of 17th century Europe. From Caravaggio to Velázquez, Rubens and Gentileschi we trace the artist’s cultural impact while also studying the development of artistic independence through readings on art theory and the art market.
- Art and empire: in the early modern eraCourse start date: Wed 10 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emma Rose BarberStudy the art of the Dutch Golden Age from 1600 to 1750 looking at the luxurious, tactile paintings of domestic life and landscape of this gloriously rich period in art. Consider the role that commerce, travel and trade played in how these paintings were made and through critical analysis of texts, try and evaluate the validity of the term ‘Golden Age’.
- Introduction to Latin American art
- The foreigners that invented British artCourse start date: Wed 7 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Leslie PrimoTrace the importance of foreigners to the British art scene from the Tudor period to the Baroque. How did artists like Holbein, Dobson, van Somer and van Dyck influence the British School?Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
- Art and revolution: in the long 18th centuryCourse start date: Wed 21 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah JaffrayFrom 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.
- Ways into advanced art history: historiographyCourse start date: Wed 21 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah JaffrayDevelop a greater understanding of art history and how to analyse the cultural meaning of an artwork by going in-depth with the ideas of prominent art historians. This course looks at the history of art history – the history of interpretation.Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
- Art and melancholy: from the Enlightenment to the Victorian ageCourse start date: Wed 17 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emma Rose BarberStudy 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.
- Art and critical analysis: Western European art under the microscopeCourse start date: Wed 17 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Leslie PrimoConcentrating on major works of art and significant artists across periods ranging from 1300 to 1900 and beyond this course we will study and explore the impact on the public’s appreciation of art and how that might be influenced by critical analysis including the vagaries of fashion.Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
- Ways into advanced art history: research & writingCourse start date: Wed 24 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah JaffrayDevelop a greater understanding of art history and how to analyse the cultural meaning of an artwork by going in-depth with the ideas of prominent art historians. This course is meant to cultivate your personal practice of art history through small, guided research and writing projects.Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
- Ways into art history: close lookingCourse start date: Wed 20 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah JaffrayDevelop an understanding of art history by looking closely at artworks in museums and in the classroom. Through active discussion and guided activities this course builds a foundation for future art historical study.Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00
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