Welcome to Warwickshire Leisure Studies

Welcome to Warwickshire Leisure Studies.  On these pages you will find mentally stimulating, and creative, local Warwickshire and West Midlands  adult leisure courses.  These are offered at a high level: often to university undergraduate level, and are  taught by local adult tutors who are well qualified in their subject areas, and often practicing in their own field as critics, writers, artists etc.  Most tutors have previously worked for The University of Warwick Centre for Lifelong Learning (The University of Warwick’s own Adult Education Department) and some still offer some courses for the CLL as well.  Have a look around.  The tutor’s own, detailed info pages are on the left.   Find out about us and our courses.  Alternatively,  click on the subject list below. Found a course that sounds right for you?  Sign up using the PayPal button on the tutor’s page (You can also use a credit card.) or follow the tutor’s own sign-up instructions.

Note: we have moved!  Welcome to our new site.  Note the new address.  Take a look around at our developing line-up of courses for autumn  2015.   More courses are being added all the time, so do keep checking, or request up-dates. when new courses reflecting your interests  appear,  by completing the form at the end of this page.

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Now being posted – courses marked in red are new.  Blue course descriptions from earlier this year will give some indication of what these tutors offer.  Watch their space!

Ancient Peoples of Antolia   A look at some of the oldest archeological sites in the world with discoveries going back to 9,500 BC (Resting tutor – watch this space for autumn 2015)

Academies, Modernists, Realists and Romantics  Painting in Britain 1890-1930: How British Art evolved in this period through movements and ideas.

The Aeolian Harp: History of this enigmatic instrument named after the Greek god of wind.  (Lecture)

Art at the WI new classes for autumn 2015

Discovering Irish Voices:   James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,  Elmear McBride,  A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing Colm Toibin, The Heather is Blazing

Egypt: The Old Kingdom  Explore one of the most important periods in Egypt’s dynastic history

Ethel Smyth 1858-1944 Composer, author, suffragette, whatever Ethel  did it was with passion.  Learn more about this fascinating character (Lecture)

Drawing Painting  – Water Colour Beginners & advanced.  Structured sessions and tutor demonstrations.

The English Country House Art Collection, 1750-1945  The changing fortunes of the old master in the stately home.

English Craft Revival Jewellery Hand crafted Jewellery in the Victorian Age (Lecture)

Georgian Britain and Revolution! Georgian Britain during the turmoil of the American and French Revolutions, c.1776-1792. 

Life Drawing Sessions Long sessions with a model, and guidance –
new classes for Autumn  2015

Music Covers: Lithograph Artists Depicting Victorian Life  …. long before the LP cover Victorian artists did illustrations for popular music. (Lecture)

Private Art Tuition Professional tuition based on student requirements.  Many media available. 

Reading Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy Detailed study of this dramatic novel which has been the subject of a major new fllm dramatisation this year.   We will also consider the 1967 and 2015 film versions.

If you have any  general queries please do not hesitate to drop us a line using the form below,  but do send individual course queries to the tutors via their own pages, for more detailed responses.   (Note, you do not have to have your own website – fine to leave this bit of the form blank!)


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