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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Coming for Autumn 2017

ART AND WORKSHOPS AT THE WI

See page and contact tutor for more details.

THE ARTIST’S STUDIO

This course will examine depictions of the studio in Art through a number of genres suggested by objects in the studio like mirrors, chairs, palettes, and other objects. We will look at various works involving the artists’s studio, including: paintings of the artist’s studio itself, from the renaissance to modern times; the self-portrait; images of the artist painting and interacting with models; a history of portraiture as practised by outstanding artists: literature involving painters and sitters and more.

BILLIARDS AT HALF-PAST NINE BY HEINRICH BOLL

This novel, written at the end of the 1950s,  spans three generations of one family showing how they have lived their lives against the backdrop of  a turbulent period of Germany’s history.   How does Germany come to terms with its difficult past in the post Second-World War era?   This Modernist narrative takes place over the course of one day, but lays much stress on the role of memory and flashback sequences which go as far back as the 1890s

BRITAIN IN THE MID-1930s: STORM CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON

How self-absorbed was Britain in the mid 1930s?  A nation riveted by the Abdication Crisis of 1936, discovering the glories of its own countryside and fascinated with detective fiction, seemed to be untroubled by foreign dictators bent on conquest.  Why was Appeasement an apparently popular policy?  This course seeks to throw some light on this perplexing period.

DRAWING PAINTING AND WATERCOLOUR

Ten week course with structured sessions with demonstrations, but working on individual projects is also welcome.   We will work on accurate drawing and shading work  in inks, pencil or pencil crayon.  Colour mixing and accurate colour representation is encouraged, however, students are keen to experiment beyond basic realism and this is a welcome addition to our sessions.  Check this page also for details of private tution sessions on offer by special arrangement.

EGYPT: EXPLORE AND TRAVELLERS

Egypt’s ancient past was never truly ‘lost’.   But who brought these monuments back to life? To be seen and enjoyed by so many countless thousands of travellers? Long before a formal study began, travellers, explorers, antiquities collectors (and local tomb robbers!) all had a part to play. Burkhardt, to the scandal of the western world, even adopted local dress. Do join us as we explore together this new course: Egypt: Explorers and Travellers. A warm welcome awaits.

SATIRE FACT AND NONSENSE

This course will look at the themes of Satire, Fantasy, and Nonsense and venture ‘through the looking glass’ of novels Gulliver’s Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865).  We will also read Swift’s A Modest Proposal (1729) which, arguably, takes political satire to another level.

COMING SOON: 

NEW EGYPTIAN COURSE Also being planned by Angela.  By popular request this will feature the findings of some early archeological tourism in Egypt, e.g. the exploits of the colourful Giovani Battista Bellonzi  (1778-1823) watch this space or drop us a line to be kept updated. 

LINDA FARRAR’S COURSE this autumn in Solihull is already full.  However, if you are really disappointed to hear this she is continuing her series of lectures on ancient gardens at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.  For more details see her page

THE ARTIST’S  STUDIO  David Packwood’s new course starts 26th, 27th and 28th September and will run in Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington.  Watch this space for more details soon, or drop us a line to be kept updated.  

RECENT PAST COURSES

(Watch this space for new Autumn courses appearing soon).

ART AT THE WI – WORKSHOPS

A series of individual art  workshops from a practising and exhibiting artist:  *Watercolour and mixed media *Looking for ways to abstract your image * Colour and colour mixing using acrylic *  Soft Pastel workshop.  For more details and dates see title link

CLEOPATRA AND ALEXANDRIA

The fascination and the frustration caused by this last queen of Egypt, the last of the Ptolemaic dynasty.  She was courted and won both Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.   Records of the  queen herself after after her death are scant.  However,  of the city which still bears the name of Alexander the Great and which was a silent witness to the court of Cleopatra VII much more is now known. Exciting new underwater archaeology has brought the royal quarter back to life.

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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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