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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ANGRY YOUNG WOMEN

What made young women of that edgey post-war period at the end of the nineteen-fifties and early nineteen-sixties angry?   Questions around sexual liberation and who is left holding the baby seemed to have quite a lot to do with it!  We will look at Shelagh Delaney’s  A Taste of Honey (1958) and Lynne Reid-Banks’s, The L-Shaped Room (1960).  The first is a play and the second a novel, so there will also be some play-reading.  Both works come with an acclaimed film of the period, so we will be considering the films.

ART AND SOCIETY IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE

In eighteenth-century Europe there was a new wealthy middle-class interested in buying Art,  attending exhibitions and traveling abroad. Training of the artist and theories of Art also both became important.  By the end of the eighteenth century Art also reflected the new emphasis upon imagination in Romanticism.  Changing tastes in Art were catered for by artists as diverse as Blake, Canaletto, Fragonard, Fuseli, Gainsborough, Goya, Hogarth, Tiepolo

ART AND WORKSHOPS AT THE RBL

Further details coming soon, but see page – new course starts Monday 23rd January,  2 pm.

BRITAIN 1935-1939: TOWARDS THE SECOND WORLD WAR

With the wisdom of hindsight, the commencement of hostilities in 1939 was unavoidable.  The League of Nations, founded to prevent conflict, had no real influence, while Hitler and Mussolini ruthlessly pursued their goals of territorial conquest.  Why then did Mr Chamberlain still pursue a policy of appeasement?  After Munich, what changed his mind?  We consider this perplexing period, up to the declaration of war.

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.

EGYPT: FROM DINOSAURS TO ROMANS

A short history!  Watch this space.  More details coming soon.

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.

MEMOIRS

Reading Memoirs of a Polar Bear (2016) by Yoko Tawada carried over from last term due to inclement weather and illness and then two plays:  The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Tom Stoppard’s Travesties (influenced by Wilde’s play).  The themes are varied but a key link through all these texts is memory and social comment through a prism of magic realism, irony and comedy.

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