Arts, nature & the environment

Join us to explore some of the many connections between the Arts, nature and the environment, through our short online and in-person courses.

Our wide-ranging Culture and Humanities programme spans from the Ice Age to today, and across different cultures.

You can explore ‘Art and Environment in Ice Age Europe’, learn about animals in Renaissance Art, or think about environment and politics in indigenous art today.  You can consider how Romantic poetry finds new resonance through ‘ecocritical’ readings, or study genre-busting literary non-fiction about the connections between walking and writing in urban, rural and desert landscapes.

You can also complement your studies with courses from our Science and Nature programme, including courses on botany, trees, geology, the Amazon, and the science of climate change.

Explore our exciting programme below!

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  1. New Nature Writing in fiction and poetry
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Barnes
    In the last 15 years, a new type of nature writing emerged in the UK. It was personal, engaging, and examined the natural world and the environment in fresh and interesting ways. It promised to reconnect a younger generation with the world outside, and to raise awareness of ecological issues in an emotionally resonant way. Includes novels, poetry and memoir by Seamus Heaney, W.G. Sebald, Alice Oswald, Helen Macdonald. Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Kathleen Jamie.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  2. Geology and London
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Clarke
    Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  3. Lunchtime lecture: Winter Sun: Nancy Holt's land art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Join us for an introduction to the work of Nancy Holt, one of the foundational figures of the land art movement.



    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
  4. Introduction to botany
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    Morning sessions at City Lit followed by a local botany walk in the afternoon: We will search out plants in all their diversity, looking at hedges, borders, grassland, path edges, avenues, rockery, informal and formal areas in the park. The course will be of interest to keen gardeners as well as anyone wanting to know more about everyday plants.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  5. An introduction to ornithology with birdwatching
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of birds. This short course has a broad scope: from evolution and global diversity to bird behaviour and song. Learn identification techniques in the classroom, then try out your skills during three guided fieldtrips to London locations.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
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  6. Representing nature in early modern Europe
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the links between the visual image and ideas of nature in early modernity (c.1500-1750). At this time, tools like the microscope were visualising nature in new ways, changes were afoot in how humans related to animals, and the environments of Asia and the Americas were becoming more familiar to Europeans. We will focus on how artists and skilled artisans engaged with these subjects.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  7. 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
  8. Art and environment in Ice Age Europe
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simone Chisena
    Discover the artistic treasures of our most remote past, when our ancestors in the Ice Age created beautiful cave paintings and astounding sculpted works.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00

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