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 Spring 2017

AMARNA: CITY OF AKHENATEN AND NEFERTITI

Amenophis IV, soon to be known as Akhenaten, and his beautiful queen Nefertiti,  give to this city a wonderful magical quality. The royal court; the sculptors who created stunning masterpieces; the police (and the criminals!); the artisans; the ordinary people who came to make Amarna their home. This is the story not just of excavation but of the people themselves.

ANCIENT HISTORY CLUB COURSE: BYZANTINE ART & ARCHITECTURE

The Byzantine Empire survived against all the odds for over 1,000 years, and yet this period of history is often overlooked because of its ‘Byzantine’ complexity. We will discover why and study the surviving art, artefacts and architecture that reveals how artists, architects and craftsmen produced superb works, revealing the splendour of those times,

THE LAST SEPTEMBER  by Elizabeth  Bowen

This term, and continuing with our post-first world war theme, we wil be looking at Elizabeth Bowen’s wistful family story set in Southern Ireland in the just post-war period, but also against the background of ‘The Troubles’.   This novel It  explores a fragmenting social order in Ireland, looking at the tenions between international cosmpolitanism, Irish tradition and colonialsm, together with some lively gender politics.

THE POTTERIES

This term, we will examine two novels based in ‘The Potteries’: Arnold Bennett’s Anna of the Five Towns (1902) and Lisa Blower’s contemporary novel Sitting Ducks (2016).  We will consider Arnold Bennett’s reputation as a ‘realist’ novelist and whether we agree with Virginia Woolf’s criticism of his work and we will compare and contrast the style, content, and themes of the two novels published over a hundred years apart.

TRAVELS IN SOUTHERN ITALIAN ART

This course is an Art Hiistory travelogue focused on Southern Italy: the boot and toe of that country.  The course begins with visits to Tarquinia, Cerveteri and parts of Rome to see wall and vase painting and sculpture by the mysterious Etruscan race. This is followed by an exploration of Roman Art in Rome and Pompeii.   The course moves through Sicily, Naples, and as far as Malta, looking at both the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, but  ending with looking at some modern work in  network of complex geographic and historic influences.

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Other new course details to appear soon include Post World War One History with Michael Cahill, plus also more Egytology with Angela Torpey.  Keep watching this space, or drop us a line if you would like to be updated on any particular course.

Recent Past Courses – Please watch this space for new courses appearing shortly

1000 MILES UP THE NILE 

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.

ART FOR ART’S SAKE

Bob Dylan sang of ‘Images and distorted facts’ In this course students will read three texts, in play, screenplay and novel formats that deal with the issue of art, images, and different perceptions.  The Pitman Painters (2008) Lee Hall  (play), Shooting the Past ((1998) – Stephen Poliakoff (screenplay), The Goldfinch (2013) – Donna Tartt (novel)

ICON TO REVOLUTION: A HISTORY OF ART IN RUSSIA

What is Russian Art? When did it begin? How do we recognise it? What is its relationship to Western Art History? The only way to answer these questions is to tell the story of Russian Art from its misty origins in the medieval era through the westernizing period of the Enlightenment, and on up to the eve of the twilight of the Tsars and the dawn of revolution in Russia.

REFORM AND REACTION

Britain in the reigns of George IV and William IV (the Sailor King) was a paradox: a kingdom united by a strong sense of national identity, yet increasingly riven by internal divisions.  The Great Reform Bill and the new Poor Law acted as catalysts of greater discontent, increasing the demand for more radical reform that would benefit the working classes.  This module examines this unsettled period.

ART AT THE WI

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.”

DRAWING AND PAINTING AND WATER COLOUR

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.

LIFE  DRAWING SESSIONS 

Long sessions with a model, and guidance –

See also WLS tutor Linda Farrar’s beautiful new book Gardens and Gardeners of the Ancient World: History, Myth and Archaeology.

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!)