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 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
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Mar 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (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.



    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 £10.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. Animals in Renaissance art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lydia Goodson
    Beasts are everywhere in the art of the Renaissance. Discover why they are there and how artists created the painted and sculpted menageries of both real and imaginary creatures that populate Renaissance art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  3. London's smaller galleries: Leighton House
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    A Palace of Art built for the Olympian Giant of the Victorian art world but also a place to live and work. This short course provides a fascinating exploration of Leighton’s world.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Lunchtime lecture: Botticelli's nature - vernal roses and frothing seas
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the nature and evironment within and beyond Botticell's most iconic paintings, La Primavera and The Birth of Venus. Learn how closely the artist studied nature and what it can teach about the changing climate we live in today.



    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
  5. In depth: German art and the Weimar Republic 1918-1933
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 15 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Focusing on the vibrant culture of the Weimar Republic, this course looks at the artists and artistic movements that emerged in Germany between two world wars.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
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  6. The Neo Avant-Garde: art movements from 1950 to now
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 15 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Collier
    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
  7. Lunchtime lecture: drawing on nature - early modern women, textiles and plants
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 22 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Discover the extraordinary connection of botanical drawing and textile design by exploring the work of some of early modern Europe's most successful women artists: Maria Sibylla Merian, Isabella Parasole and Giovanna Garzoni.



    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. Lunchtime lecture: Los Angeles landscapes - the art of Ed Ruscha
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Discover the light and life of Los Angeles through the work of Ed Ruscha. We consider how Ruscha's works on Los Angeles provide us with ways to explore our relationship to nature, the natural and unnatural.



    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
  9. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: Western art between the wars
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Discover how art in Europe and America between the wars reacted to the culture of the times. Explore the experimental world of Surrealism, Constructivism, de Stijl and other political art and abstract art of the era.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  10. Art in Britain 1918-1945 - the Interwar years and WWII
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Explore the art of British modern artists and their relationship to the art of continental Europe 1918–1950. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  11. National Gallery
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    Discuss a differently themed group of paintings each week in front of the pictures. An opportunity to understand our national collection in greater depth.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  12. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    When, where and what was the Italian Renaissance? Explore it through the craft of its masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others and trace its legacy.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  13. Introduction to Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern and contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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