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.  All tutors currently listed 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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Not all early archeologists were men. Amelia Edwards (1831-1892)  was a friend of the famous archeologist Sir William  Flinders Petrie.  As a Victorian she made a bold journey up the Nile to discover the Temples of the New Kingdom and made a lifelong study of these working alongside Flinders Petrie.  This course will explore her work both on the New Kingdom Temples as they are known today, but also as Edwards found them in her lifetime.


Bob Dylan sang of ‘Images and distorted facts’ In this course students will read three texts, in play, screenplay and novel formats that deal with the issue of art, images, and different perceptions.  The Pitman Painters (2008) Lee Hall  (play), Shooting the Past ((1998) – Stephen Poliakoff (screenplay), The Goldfinch (2013) – Donna Tartt (novel)

DECLINE AND FALL by Evelyn Waugh

When Oxford Theology student Paul Pennyfeather loses his trousers it is not his fault but that of the awful Bolinger Club.  However, it is the humiliated Paul who has to leave his Oxford College and take up a teaching job in a third rate Welsh public school.   Salvation seems to appear in the form of a rich and attractive divorcee, the mother of one of his pupils … but appearances can be misleading.  Behind this romp though is a critique of post First-World War society.


What is Russian Art? When did it begin? How do we recognise it? What is its relationship to Western Art History? The only way to answer these questions is to tell the story of Russian Art from its misty origins in the medieval era through the westernizing period of the Enlightenment, and on up to the eve of the twilight of the Tsars and the dawn of revolution in Russia.


Britain in the reigns of George IV and William IV (the Sailor King) was a paradox: a kingdom united by a strong sense of national identity, yet increasingly riven by internal divisions.  The Great Reform Bill and the new Poor Law acted as catalysts of greater discontent, increasing the demand for more radical reform that would benefit the working classes.  This module examines this unsettled period.

Recent Past Courses – Please watch this space for new courses appearing shortly


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.”


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.


Long sessions with a model, and guidance –

See also WLS tutor Linda Farrar’s beautiful new book Gardens and Gardeners of the Ancient World: History, Myth and Archaeology.

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!)