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.

As we move into cooler autumn days our new courses will be starting very soon now.

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THE BEATS

looking at the work of the ‘Beat Generation’,  We will read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957), a selection of poems from Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure and Bonnie Bremser.  We will also read Joyce Johnson’s Come and Join the Dance (2014) generally acknowledged as the first Beat novel written by a woman.

EGYPT: NUBIA AND ‘VILE’ KUSH: EGYPT’S SOUTHERN NEIGHBOURS

little is known about the early peoples in what is today northern Sudan. Yet from the early peoples to the ‘Black Pharaohs’ the inhabitants of Nubia and ‘vile’ Kush played a significant role in Egypt’s long history. Yet who were these people (or peoples)? Do join us as we explore together spectacular pyramids, this new course: Nubia and ‘vile’ Kush: Egypt’s Southern Neighbours. A warm welcome awaits.

FROM HENRY II TO RICHARD THE LION HEART: 1171-1199

The course looks at the final troubled years of Henry II – years  characterised by rebellion and loss within the royal family – before considering the reign of his charismatic son, Richard I.  There are many tales associated with Richard the Lionheart and we will seek to distinguish fact from fiction.

LIVES AND AFTERLIVES  OF ART

This course will follow the afterlife of a work of art through time.  The importance and significance in the world of twenty works will be studied, not only in an Art context, but in the context of art crime, taste, museums and art galleries, collecting, digital technology and even global terrorism.  A wide range of works from Leonardo’s Madona of the Yarnwinder to The Bust of Queen Nerfertiti will be  considered.

THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro

 Will a housekeeper take up her old employment and make a grand country house run smoothly again.  Is this really all the butler asking her wants?  Told mainly in flashback is just a poignant novel of nostalgia and unrequited love …  or is it?  We will reconsider the work of this modernist writer as he takes a backwards glance at the distortions of history and memory in a fragmenting world.

Recent past Courses

Wish you’d spotted something below before?  Watch this space.  Most of the courses below will have had tutors who will be adding new material in the coming weeks.

DRAWING AND PAINTING CLASS AND WATERCOLOUR

Tutor demonstrations and then individual tuition.  Students learn line drawing with an emphasis on accurate drawing and tonal work. Work is in inks with shading work with pencil or pencil crayons. Colour mixing and accurate colour representation is encouraged, However, experimentation beyond basic realism is always welcome.  Students are not required to attend the demonstrations and can work on their own projects.  This is a friendly and informative group.

LATIUM  VETUS: THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF CENTRAL ITALY & THE LATIN LEAGUE

This course will look at the early cities that were alternatively the allies and enemies of early Rome. Names such as the Arunci, Hernici & Volsci are little known today but with the Latins were major tribes in this part of central Italy. There were around 30 cities of the Latin League, all of these cities were eventually either conquered or absorbed by Rome, but the cities have interesting surviving remains.

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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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