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.
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There are many guides to Tuscany. This is an illustrated ‘guide’ over ten weeks, with ‘visits’ to many famous destinations in Tuscany, but the guide will also take in the ‘other Tuscany, wandering off the beaten track to consider some lesser-known but highly interesting works.
A chance to choose and develop a subject, exploring it through different media/techniques. “Often when working on an image I deliberately try a variety of media – experimenting in this way helps me to see many creative opportunities.”
Find out about Britain in the period when the struggle with Napoleon reached its climax. There was unrest at home and the problems with the health of George III led to the regency period of ‘prinny’ – the future George IV. The course will move from Napolen and Wellngton to a look at Romantic revolution and Regency style.
Learn how to draw properly! Demonstrations from the tutor and guided work including line drawing with emphasis on accurate drawing and tonal work. Students also work in inks and learn how to shade work with pencil or pencil crayons and learn colour mixing for both accurate representation and experimentation beyond realism.
Not all Egyptian tombs were royal. This course looks at the Dynasty 1 tombs of the Delta: North Saqqara, and nearby Helwan, and some close-by in Cario. These tombs contain high quality grave goods, once thought to belong to kings, but they belonged to high officials, often the relatives of kings. Learn about the lives of these people and the society of the time from excavations still ongoing.
Long sessions with a model, and guidance –
This course, looking at the first cities in the world, in the 4th Century BC considers Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, and Assyria, right up to the ancient Persians. Some of these sites have recently been destroyed in the current conflict in Iraq: a time to take stock. Unfortunately this course has been very popular and is currently fully booked but a waiting list is open, so inquiries are welcome.
The whole term will be devoted to this important and popular Russian novel which was recently serialised on TV. The foucs will be upon the Russian realist novel and Tolstoy’s radical ideas on the human condition, philosophy, history and the concept of a moral self as part of society.
We will consider the changing and developing style of this many faceted novelist whose writing career spanned the realist style of the later Victorian and Edwardian periods and ended touched by Modernism. We will also move in time from the Potteries of Staffordshire to post-World War One London.
More new courses for Summer 2016 coming shortly. Watch this space.
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