Best Art History Courses

Find the best online Art History Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Art History Courses.

Art History Renaissance to 20th Century

A basic level survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Created by Kenney Mencher - Professor Kenney Mencher Art Educator


Students: 11700, Price: $24.99

Students: 11700, Price:  Paid

This course now has professionally created captions in English on 98% of all the videos.

This is part one of a year-long college-level survey course in art history. This course covers art history from the European Renaissance around 1300 A.D. until the Mid 20th Century

This course is designed as a basic college-level survey of art history. I provide an online textbook as well as study guides and worksheets.  This course covers the language used to discuss art.  A complete overview of art, culture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the 1950s. 

Each work is covered in depth, the works physical or formal properties are discussed such as technology used to create the work, color, medium, materials, composition, and shading.

The symbolism of each work is discussed and how to interpret the interrelationship of symbols in a work of art. 

This course is the actual content of a course I teach at an accredited college in California called Ohlone college.

I designed this course as a series of clear, non-jargon laden video lectures and texts designed to help any student who wants to pass AP art history and or any beginning level art history survey course.

Art History Prehistory to the Renaissance

A clear concise history of art since Prehistory until the beginnings of the Italian Renaissance,

Created by Kenney Mencher - Professor Kenney Mencher Art Educator


Students: 4881, Price: $24.99

Students: 4881, Price:  Paid

Whether you're looking for a way to pass a college class or   just get a clear working idea of the who, what , when, where, and how of   art I can help you out!

This is a clear concise series of Art   History lectures that cover the major works of painting, sculpture, and   architecture.  My lecture style is casual   and clear.  I don't believe in using a lot of jargon or overly complicated  language. 

Modern and Contemporary Art

From modern art History to a personal creative style - and Marketing plan

Created by Francisco Capelo - Visual Artist


Students: 1813, Price: $19.99

Students: 1813, Price:  Paid

Francisco Capelo is a portuguese visual artist since 1992 and art teacher in his Cascais art studio. His main focus is abstract expressionism, surrealism and modern/ contemporary art techniques.

In this course you will learn all the aspects of being a visual artist: from art history to painting techniques, time balance and marketing options.

These are invaluable insights based on more than 25 years of experience, that will help you achieve your own personal art style.

. Course structure - This art course is divided into five parts:

1. Become a visual artist

. Mentors, communities, artist mentality

. Artistic choices and personal style

. Essential art movements and artworks

. Out of the box ideas and Conceptual art

. Marketing plan - online and offline

. What is success for you?

2. Modern art history:

. Art history since pre historical times

. Drawing, painting, sculpture

. Abstract art

. Cubism

. Surrealism

. Expressionism

. Revolutionary artists

3. Simple materials, great art:

. Pencils, color pen, oil pastel, gouache, acrylics, mixed media, raw materials

. Great painters that were not so good draftsmen

4. Creative drawings:

. Black and white - a radical visual design

. Abstract Symbols

. Human figures

. Perspective lines

. Pen or pencil?

5. Illustration - handmade and digital

. Selecting the right images

. Working them on digital image software

. Transparent paper and light table

. Again digital software

. Prepare to print: Word - PDF

Mythology in European Art

Characters of Ancient Greek Mythology in Famous Works of European Art History

Created by Karima Knickmeyer M.A. - Art Historian / Kunsthistorikerin


Students: 246, Price: $19.99

Students: 246, Price:  Paid

To visualize the most unsuspected ideas of culture and society artists and commissioners found a perfect medium - the characters and stories of ancient Greek mythology, which are not only the root of European culture but also essential for understanding famous pieces of art history.       

Dive into a journey through well - known artworks and artists guided by the following themes:

- Power & Politics: How did rulers employ the gods,goddesses and heroes for purposes of representation?

- Love & Lust: How did the male gaze manifest in the mythological artworks? Is there such thing as heavenly love?

- Bacchanal: What role does the tradition of wine-drinking play for Renaissance academics?

After the introduction of selected characters we will analyze particular artworks in detail.

We focus on the Early Modern Period, such as Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism.


An art history moment – Paint like the artist Klimt

Learn to paint like the master painter-Gustave Klimt

Created by Doris Charest - Contemporary Fine Art Instructor


Students: 112, Price: $29.99

Students: 112, Price:  Paid

Love art and want to learn a few new techniques?  This is the course for you.  In this course, you will learn how to paint like the Austrian artist, Gustave Klimt.  He created beautiful paintings with varied designs using bold colours and gold.  He is best know for his figures with flowing dresses filled with patterns and designs.  I will show you how to make your own version of a Klimt painting step-by-step.  We will start with a drawing, transfer it then add paint. Adding gold is the last step.  You will finish with a figure with beautiful dress and a patterned background.   Come paint with me.  We will have fun!

Introduction to Western Art History for Children

Introduction to Western Art Movements and Artists

Created by Rita Vlasova - Art history educator


Students: 110, Price: $19.99

Students: 110, Price:  Paid

Welcome to an introduction to art history for children. This course will focus on Western art history and its development from Ancient times to our present day! During this course, students will learn basic artistic concepts, discover different art movements and styles and the way they changed over time and also become familiar with major works of art of these periods.

Throughout history, artists have created some of the best records of the development of our civilization and I can't wait to take you on a journey through this fascinating history.

Ancient Egypt: Art, History, and Mystery

Far Beyond Your Basic Art Survey...

Created by Dr. Lily Filson - Professor


Students: 96, Price: $24.99

Students: 96, Price:  Paid

This course explores the arc of Egyptian Art History from a fresh perspective that integrates traditional art history with some of the most controversial theories proposed by recent historians. Be prepared to learn about aspects of Egyptian art, religion, astronomy, and civilization which you won't find in any other survey!

Ancient Aegean Art History: Roots of Civilization

Helladic, Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenaean Art History

Created by Dr. Lily Filson - Professor


Students: 90, Price: $24.99

Students: 90, Price:  Paid

This course covers the art history of four ancient Aegean civilizations: Neolithic Helladic, Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenaean. Already "lost civilizations" by the time that Homer wrote down the oldest Greek epics, the art and culture which we look at in this course are the distant ancestors of Greek civilization. If you want to learn more about the Minoan Snake Goddess, the Treasury of Atreus, or the Mask of Agamemnon, this is the course for you!

The Etruscans in the Art History of Ancient Italy

Masters of Bronze, Stone, and Mystery

Created by Dr. Lily Filson - Professor


Students: 43, Price: $24.99

Students: 43, Price:  Paid

Before the Roman Empire, there was the Etruscan civilization on the Italian Peninsula which produced masterpieces of bronze, terra-cotta, sculpture, gold tablets, amazing rock-cut tombs, and long-gone wooden temples. This lecture is an overview of the distinct Etruscan civilization's works in the larger context of the Mediterranean Basin and Near Eastern civilizations. 

The Art of the Late Roman Empire

Foundations of Pre-Modern Western European Art History

Created by Dr. Lily Filson - Professor


Students: 31, Price: $24.99

Students: 31, Price:  Paid

This course covers the shifts in content and appearance which characterized artworks of the Late Roman Empire. This history sees its share of decline and de-volutions from the former Hellenistic standard of naturalism, and it sets the tone for much of the course of later Latin Christian artwork well through the Renaissance.