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.
- London's smaller art collectionsCourse start date: Tue 31 Oct 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Julie BarlowDiscover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based art history course.
- Renaissance art: making, locating and viewingCourse start date: Wed 8 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Emma Rose BarberThis course explores the Making, the Locating and the Viewing of Renaissance paintings in the collection of the National Gallery. This course takes place at the National Gallery.Full fee £179.00
- London’s smaller galleries: Dulwich Picture GalleryFull fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
- A stroll through British art: 1500-1850Course start date: Wed 6 Mar 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Elizabeth EyresOn this informal gallery-based course you will explore and discuss the history and characteristics of British art from the 16th century to the mid-19th century. The course will take place offsite at both the National Gallery and Tate Britain.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
- London's hidden art and architecture
- Islamic art in 25 objectsCourse start date: Wed 24 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Anita ChowdryDiscover important objects of Islamic Art dating across a more than a millennium in London galleries. We will study world-famous objects, discover lesser known gems, study their context and understand how they relate to one another and the wider world.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
- National GalleryCourse start date: Wed 18 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Leslie PrimoDiscuss a differently themed group of paintings each week in front of the pictures. An opportunity to understand our national collection in greater depth.
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