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Life Drawing - term-time classes

Life Drawing - term-time classes

Over the 8 weeks of each University of Oxford term, the Ruskin runs three life-drawing courses, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings (for members of the University) and on Saturday mornings (open to all).

The classes for Hilary Term 2019 are now fully booked and the waiting-lists are over-subscribed and closed.  The courses will run again in Trinity (summer) Term 2019, and booking will open a week before the start of term, on Monday 22 April at 12 noon.

The Ruskin welcomes artists who wish to learn about life drawing from tutors at the University’s Fine Art department. These courses are open to those who are seeking to develop their technical skills and be guided in the process of observation by an experienced artist.  No specific qualification is required to attend any course (though participants must be 16 or over).

The courses run from Week 1 to Week 8 of each Univerisity of Oxford term (see here for term dates).  

The classes take place at the Ruskin's city centre studios at 74 High Street, OX1 4BG. (Please note there is very limited disabled access).

A maximum of 16 participants work with a life model and are guided by the tutors. The Ruskin provides easels, drawing boards and cartridge paper.  Please bring along whatever materials you wish to work with e.g. pencils/charcoal etc, and clips for attaching your work to the drawing boards, or masking tape, and an eraser. 


Wednesdays, 5.30 - 8.30pm

For members of Oxford University with Francis Hamel and Roger Wagner  (intermediate / advanced)


Thursdays, 5.30 - 8.30pm

For members of Oxford University, with Weimin He and Francesca Shakespeare, (all levels)

If you book on either of these courses, you will need to present your University of Oxford or Alumni card at the start of the course.  Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a place for these evening courses without this confirmation.  If you need to arrange for an alumni card, or replace a lost card, please click here.    


Saturdays, 9.15am - 12.15pm 

Open to all, with Weimin He  (all levels)


Weimin He

Fees and Booking

For the academic year 2018-19, the pro-rata fees for each 8-week course are:

  • University of Oxford Staff and Alumni: £92
  • University of Oxford Students: £46
  • Standard (Saturday course only): £160

Courses with 6 or 7 classes over the 8-week term are charged at a pro-rata rate; however, there are no discounts for non-attendance.

Booking is done via the University's online store, but the courses become visible and booking opens only ONE week before the start of each term.  

The courses for Hilary (Spring) Term 2019 are all now fully booked, and the waiting lists are over-subscribed and closed. 

The courses for Trinity (Summer) Term 2019 will commence in the week beginning Monday 29 April and booking will open on Monday 22 April at 12 noon.

Places cannot be reserved in advance, but are booked on a first-come, first-served basis; these courses are always very popular and places sell-out quickly. We cannot carry waiting-lists over from one term to the next, but will start new waiting lists each term.

NB - due to high demand, and ever increasing waiting lists, participation will be limited, per individual, to one course per term; if you enrol onto more than one course per term, we will request that you choose just one of them, and cancel and refund your fee for the other(s), to allow as many people as possible to partake in these classes.  

It is not possible to switch between courses or carry forward any classes that you are unable to attend to a following term.  If you discover that you cannot continue with the course, after having started, please send an email to the Ruskin to let us know, so that we can contact someone else on the waiting list:


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation for each of the  courses in life drawing is as follows:

Cancellation at least a week before the start date will entitle a full refund.  Cancellation less than a week in advance and up to the day of the first session will ensure a 50% refund.  Any cancellation subsequent to the first class will not be refunded.  This policy is independent of the cancellation policy listed within the terms and conditions of the online store and takes precedence over that policy.