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.
Recent Past Courses – Please watch this space for new courses appearing shortly
Not all Egyptian tombs were royal. This course looks at the Dynasty 1 tombs of the Delta: North Saqqara, and nearby Helwan, and some close-by in Cario. These tombs contain high quality grave goods, once thought to belong to kings, but they belonged to high officials, often the relatives of kings. Learn about the lives of these people and the society of the time from excavations still ongoing.
We will consider the changing and developing style of this many faceted novelist whose writing career spanned the realist style of the later Victorian and Edwardian periods and ended touched by Modernism. We will also move in time from the Potteries of Staffordshire to post-World War One London.
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.
Find out about Britain in the period when the struggle with Napoleon reached its climax. There was unrest at home and the problems with the health of George III led to the regency period of ‘prinny’ – the future George IV. The course will move from Napolen and Wellngton to a look at Romantic revolution and Regency style.
Long sessions with a model, and guidance –
Between the end of the French Revolution and the middle of the nineteenth-century, art in Europe reflected the turbulent, heroic and powerful spirit of an age experiencing great transformation. This course considers the art of Gericault, Delacroix, Blake, Turner, Freidrich, Runge, and Goya(and many more) against the background of social change, artistic revolution, and heroic individuality.
The whole term will be devoted to this important and popular Russian novel which was recently serialised on TV. The foucs will be upon the Russian realist novel and Tolstoy’s radical ideas on the human condition, philosophy, history and the concept of a moral self as part of society.
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