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


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.


Watch this space.  Coming soon!


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 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.


Elaine has an a new Penguin Publishing House orientated Literature course coming soon.  It will involve two of the slightly lesser known classics by two great nineteenth-century women writers: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Ann Bronte.  Watch this space!


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.

Recent Past Sessions

Watch this space for new courses from most of these tutors appearing shortly. 


The class will begin by reading  the first novel of the Poldark series:  Poldark: Ross Poldark by Winston Graham, first published in 1957.  This covers the period 1783-1787 This novel will be followed by  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, published in 1938.   The novels may appear disparate at first glance, but there are several parallel themes, such as gender identity,  a changing society and the frailty of the human condition, as well as the dramatic Cornish setting.


In developing village communities in Ancient Egypt one person would became more prominent within that community.  This might have been because of wisdom, hunting prowess or the family he had been born into.   These local chiefs  gradually became powerful rulers: sole priests as well as leaders.  A hierarchy developed but It was Pharaoh alone who was responsible for the security of the country and for provisioning his people.


A study of the ancient Greek and Roman art in the Middle East starting with The Nabateans, Petra, Little Petra & caravan routes; the Decapolis cities and ancient cities in Syria: Bosra, Philippopolis & Apamea noting the rich legacy of Roman mosaics in these cities; continuing through the desert oasis of Palmyra and its famous Queen Zenobia; concluding with The Desert Frontier and the  cities of Resafa & Dura Europos.


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!)