Forthcoming - Summer Programme 2019

The Ruskin offers a selection of short courses during the summer vacation (July - September) for small groups. The programme includes a unique variety of subjects, from Human Anatomy to Chinese Calligraphy and Painting to Screen-printing. Teaching is via masterclass, workshops, talks and group crits, with visits to local museums, private collections and gardens. 

The Ruskin will soon be publishing its Summer Programme of short courses, and opening booking. To be kept informed of the programme, and receive notifications of when booking goes live, please join the Ruskin's Short Courses emailing list by contacting, with the Subject line of 'Subscribe to Short Courses Emailing List 2019'.

Summer Programme

For those wanting to establish, refresh or develop their skills in Life Drawing, there will be a three-day Introduction to Life Drawing.

For artists wanting even more in-depth exploration of the human body, the Ruskin will continue to offer its unique and highly specialised courses on Human Anatomy.  Artist Sarah Simblet, the Ruskin's Tutor of Anatomy, and sculptor and medical artist Eleanor Crook together teach Art & Anatomy, which will be run twice in 2019 (July and September); and they will also offer Head and Neck (Portraiture) Anatomy, which uses drawing and sculpture to explore human anatomy in greater depth. 

Eleanor Crook will also offer two new courses where participants can explore three-dimensional making.  The Archaelogy of the Self will explore collecting as an expression of self, and participants will develop their own personal portfolio of curiosities.  Eleanor's other new course is The Art of Wax: Flesh and Mortality, a five-day course about wax, its material properties and use as an art medium and conveyor of the human figure and mortality.

The summer programme will also include further drawing courses in drawing from Sarah Simblet, including Botanical Drawing; and The Drawing Book, subjects based on Sarah's books of the same titles.  These courses include in-depth studio practice alongside excursions to gardens and landscapes.

For artists wanting to explore other traditions of drawing and mark-making, Ruskin tutor Weimin He, a scholar and artist of Chinese practices, presents a unique Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy and Landscape Painting.

The Ruskin also offers two courses examining early twentieth-century Masters and their impact on still life traditions, to encourage artists in experimentation in their own practices. Clova Stuart-Hamilton will lead two courses: Deconstructing the Cubist Still Life, a four-day course using drawing, paint and collage to explore the style and forms of Braque and Picasso; and Exploring the Exotic Still Life, in which participants can explore the medium of gouache to create a large-scale still life painting loosely referencing Matisse's Moroccan period.

The Ruskin will also introduce a Screen-Printing course, for beginners and intermediate printmakers, led by the Ruskin's Printmaking Tutor, Graeme Hughes.


Essential information 

The main teaching is conducted in the studios of the School.  Teaching starts at 10am each morning and finishes at 5pm.  The studios are open for personal study from 9am til 6pm.  The Ruskin provides core art materials for each programme and light refreshments are available during each course.  

Tuition is in English. There are no entrance requirements or criteria, but participants must be over the age of 16.

These courses are non-residential – participants must arrange their own travel and accommodation.   To enjoy the full Oxford University experience, we recommend booking accommodation in nearby colleges through University Rooms (guests must be 21 or over, or accompanied by someone over 21).

Fees vary from £440 for a 3-day Introduction to Life-Drawing course, to £1040 for a 7-day course with Sarah Simblet.  There are discounts for Students and OAPs (5% discount); and Oxford University staff, alumni and students (10% discount).  

If you apply for a discounted place, you will be asked to provide your staff/alumni/student card or proof of status on the first day of the course. 

Booking a Place

Booking will open in February at the University of Oxford Online Stores

All bookings for Ruskin courses are made on the University's online store. Please note, the Ruskin cannot reserve a place for you in advance or receive cash or part payment/deposits for a course.   All payments should be made in full at the time of booking via the University's online store. 

Once you have placed a booking on the online store, you will receive an email and so will the Ruskin, that confirms your place.  Shortly before the start of the programme, you will receive full details about the course including a daily schedule. 

If you have any other queries, please contact the School for further enquiries: 


Cancellation Policy

Please note the Ruskin's cancellation policy for the summer short courses.  These policies are in contrast to the terms and conditions listed on the online store and take precedence over that policy.

Deposit, calculated as 15% of the course fee, applies to all courses.

Any booking that is cancelled more than one month before the start date of a course will receive a refund of any fees paid minus the Deposit.

Cancellations received within one month of the start of a course will not be elibible for a refund.   

Where a student wishes to cancel a place on one course and transfer to another, the same refund policy will normally apply.

The Ruskin reserves the right to cancel a course up to one month before the start date of a course, beyond that point, a course will be guaranteed. If a course is cancelled by the school, participants will be refunded in full.