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 long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

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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.

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  1. Movements in art: Post-Impressionism
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat are all called Post-Impressionists, yet each had different styles and preoccupations. Explore their work and lives and learn why they left such a valuable legacy.



    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
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  2. Art and critical theory: rethinking 'nature'
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Irina Chkhaidze
    Explore the role of critical theory within the field of art history, and learn new ways of thinking about art by focusing on how recent authors have been rethinking our understanding of nature.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  3. Study day: Pop Art, from Warhol to Hockney
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Study work of artists such as David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol within the context of the international Pop Art movement and the changing world of mass culture, consumerism, and celebrity.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  4. Study day: Kandinsky and Expressionism
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Explore Expressionism as it developed in different locations and within different movement, with a focus on Kandinsky as its key example, considering issues such as artistic influences and stylistic developments.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  5. Study day: Neoclassicism: age of revolution, cult of beauty
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Explore the Neo-classical movement, focusing on David as its key example, considering issues such as politics and social change, biography, artistic and theoretic influences, notably that of Winckelmann.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  6. Indigenous Australian art: an introduction
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Arjmand Ahmad
    Indigenous Australian art has, in recent years, been increasingly exhibited and discussed in Britain. Yet little is known about the history and development of this art movement and the oeuvres of the artists responsible for its creation. This introductory course will provide a history of how Indigenous Australian artists have changed and challenged the course of national and international art fields in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
  7. Study day: Manet & the revolutionaries of realism
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Explore Realism in the nineteenth century, focusing on Manet as its key example, considering such issues as social and political change, formal and subject developments, theoretic interests and artistic influences.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  8. Japonisme: Japanese influence on European art in the 19th century
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau transformed their artistic language with the study of Japanese prints.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  9. Study day: Velázquez, painter to the King
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Stuart-Smith
    Investigate the work of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, including enigmatic paintings such as Las Meninas (1656), and learn about how his art relates to his political role as court painter to Philip IV. Includes visit to the National Gallery.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  10. Study day: Impressionism – radical style
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Explore the Impressionist movement, focusing on Monet as its key example, considering such issues as stylistic progress, artistic influences, material developments, modern subject matter, and social context.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  11. Mughal decorative arts: an introduction
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Arjmand Ahmad
    Explore the splendour and technical sophistication of the decorative arts during the Mughal era (1526-1857) in South Asia in this introductory course.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
  12. Study day: Modern art and colour – from post-impressionism to fauvism
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    Explore the experimental use of colour and form in the late nineteenth century post-Impressionists and Symbolists paintings, and study its impact on the Fauve artists, with focus on Matisse.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  13. Study day: Surrealism - everything you’ve wanted to know, but were to afraid to ask
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    The Surrealist movement marks its centenary in October 2024, marking the moment that the First Surrealist Manifesto was launched in Paris led by its chief protagonist, André Breton. Come and celebrate this art historical landmark in this special workshop dedicated to Surrealist art. Get closer to the roots of the movement, discover its leading and less well-known artists; have a go at automatic drawing; and engage with Surrealism’s central themes of the dream world, unconscious and desire.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  14. The beauty of the medieval manuscript
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Nov 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    It is generally accepted that medieval illuminated manuscripts are very beautiful things. Something to do with all that gold-leaf maybe. While we cannot hold them in class, close-up digital reproduction will allow us to see if they really are as beautiful as we are told. Indeed, are none of them ugly? Join this course to find out.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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