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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New for Summer 2019

ART AT THE RBL

General painting course at the Royal British Legion in Solihull, taught by a practicing artist.   All levels of ability welcome.  A range of painting skills and subjects will be covered.    For more details contact tutor.  Also workshops will be available.  Dates to be arranged.

ART WEEKEND MAY 17-19 2019

Intensive weekend course, starting with the basics of line work, proportions, angles and tonal work in pencil and also working with ink and wash before exploring texture and colour mixing with a variety of subject matter. As follows: still life, portrait, landscape and animals. Regular demonstrations will be given by the tutor. There will be plenty of individual tuition to address any particular questions you may have about your work.

DARING TO BE DIFFERENT: THE PAPERBACK REVOLUTION AND 19th CENTURY WOMEN AUTHORS

This term we will be exploring the history of paperback publishing, in particular Penguin Publishing.  We will go on to study two novels by 19th Century women writers:  Ann Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) and, in the bicentenary year of  George Eliot’s birth, The Mill on the Floss (1860).  Both novels are still published by Penguin Classics and are revolutionary in their own right in highlighting a woman’s place in 19th Century society.

EGYPT: GLIMPSES INTO THE PAST

Behind those now familiar walls and columns lies the story of countless hours of archaeological excavation, research and painstaking restoration. Names like Etienne Drioton and Bruyere are now familiar only in academic circles, yet early in the 20th century their research was instrumental in the re-discovery of Deir el Medina and Karnak. In more modern times Manfred Bietak has given back to us Avaris, capital city of the Hyksos.  Much remains unpublished, but fascinating glimpses into the stories of sites and people still remain.

FACING THE WORLD: THE PORTRAIT AND ART HISTORY

Portraiture takes many forms.  From early on there are portraits hidden away inside religious altarpieces and portraits in landscape art.  There are portraits merged in images of still life, animals, and natural objects.  With the arrival of photography painters like Cézanne, Picasso and Braque demonstrated that it was no longer possible to show the identity of an individual by preserving and fixing what he or she looked like from a single point in space. We will see that portraiture is a  complex form of painting that cannot be simply defined as a representation of a person in a physical space.

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS

The experience of India, and of being a non-wealthy Indian in the late twentieth century.  The novel focuses on the separate fortunes and struggles of two non-identical twins who are separated over a long period but who eventually reunite.  ‘Small things’ affect a person’s life, but there is somewhere an almighty god who helps one find a way through. Much of the time the world is perceived through the eyes of children, and there are rich descriptive passages

KING HENRY 3RD: 1216-1272: THE EARLIER PART OF THE REIGN

Henry III is not one of our most famous kings.  Aged nine when he came to the throne, at the time of a French invasion which was then repelled, his long reign was characterised by weakness.  A baronial revolt was to follow, led by Simon de Montfort.  We look at an unhappy monarch, perhaps influenced by stronger personalities, whilst also looking at aspects of the social history of the period.

Coming soon – watch this space!

WATERCOLOUR, DRAWING AND PAINTING FOR ALL

Subjects covered include: line drawing with an emphasis on observation drawing and tonal work; working in inks and shading work with pencil or pencil crayons. Colour mixing in watercolour and accurate colour representation is encouraged, however, students are keen to experiment beyond basic realism  Students can work on their own projects. All students will get some individual tuition from the tutor at every session.

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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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