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.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year,  and a great spring.  We have new courses starting to list below.   Can’t find what you are looking for yet?  Keep on checking.   More is coming.

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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.


Written in 1965, and rediscovered as a sudden runaway best-seller in 2013, Stoner is the story of a quiet and unassuming academic.  In the 1920s Stoner had  discovers an unexpected affinity with Literature whilst taking a compulsory supplementary course as part of his agricultural studies. Many have found the account of William Stoner’s unassuming and not particularly happy life powerful and haunting.

Recent Past Courses

Wish you’d spotted something below before?  Watch this space.  Most of the courses below will have had tutors who will be adding new material in the coming weeks.


The course looks at the final troubled years of Henry II – years  characterised by rebellion and loss within the royal family – before considering the reign of his charismatic son, Richard I.  There are many tales associated with Richard the Lionheart and we will seek to distinguish fact from fiction.


This course will follow the afterlife of a work of art through time.  The importance and significance in the world of twenty works will be studied, not only in an Art context, but in the context of art crime, taste, museums and art galleries, collecting, digital technology and even global terrorism.  A wide range of works from Leonardo’s Madona of the Yarnwinder to The Bust of Queen Nerfertiti will be  considered.


Tutor demonstrations and then individual tuition.  Students learn line drawing with an emphasis on accurate drawing and tonal work. Work is in inks with shading work with pencil or pencil crayons. Colour mixing and accurate colour representation is encouraged, However, experimentation beyond basic realism is always welcome.  Students are not required to attend the demonstrations and can work on their own projects.  This is a friendly and informative group


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!)