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Short Courses 2017 Human Anatomy Botanical Drawing The Drawing Book Exploring the Exotic Still Life Introduction to Life Drawing The New Sylva: Drawing Trees with Sarah Simblet Life Drawing - Michaelmas Term 2017 Deconstructing the Cubist Still Life Chinese Calligraphy and Landscape Painting The Archaeology of the Self Calendar of Short Courses 2017

Short Courses 2017

Last edited on Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:24 AM by Juliet Franks

The Ruskin School of Art offers a programme of Short Courses each summer and there are final spaces available for upcoming courses!

The Ruskin offers a selection of short courses outside of term for a small groups.  Teaching is via masterclass, workshops, talks and group crits, with visits to local museums, private collections, meadows and gardens. 

All of the courses are non-residential and are held in the studios of the school.  The Ruskin provides core art materials for each programme and light refreshments during each course.  

The Ruskin will continue to offer a series of unique and highly specialised courses on the study of Human Anatomy.  Tutor and artist Sarah Simblet, who teaches our first year BFA students a one-year course in anatomy, and sculptor and medical artist Eleanor Crook together teach Art & Anatomy, (Course One and Course Two); Head and Neck (Portraiture) Anatomy; and Sculpting the Body: Anatomy, Life Modelling and Écorché.   

The summer programme will also include courses in Drawing, such as Botanical Drawing, The New Sylva, Drawing Trees, and the Drawing Book, subjects based on books by Sarah Simblet In addition, there will be two courses on an Introduction to Life Drawing that will be taught by Ruskin alumna and artist, Tara Benjamin-Morgan.

For 2017, the Ruskin will be offering a selection of new courses in Painting, to include Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting, and Chinese woodblock printmaking. These courses will be taught by artist and tutor, Weimin He We are thrilled that Clova Stuart-Hamilton will continue to offer her course, Exploring the Exotic Still Life  this summer, and an additional new four day course Deconstructing the Cubist Still Life.  The diversity of these programmes invite you to consider and develop new practices and technical skills whilst working within small groups, and each course includes masterclasses, talks and group crits. 

Eleanor Crook presents a new and exciting five day course, The Archaeology of the Self where participants will have the opportunity to extensively engage with a variety of artefacts in the collections of the Oxford museums, as well as work in the studios of the Ruskin. 

A calendar of the courses offered by the Ruskin in 2017 can be found here 


Booking a Place

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. 

If you are eligible for one of the discounted rates, please remember to bring some ID with you for the first day of the course. 

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

Please contact the School for more enquiries: 


Cancellation Policies

Please note the Ruskin's cancellation policies for the summer short courses and term time life drawing classes, as below.  These policies are in contrast to the terms and conditions listed on the online store and take precedence over that policy.

Summer short courses: Any booking that is cancelled more than one month before the start date of a course will receive a full refund.  Cancellations received within one month of the start of a course will not be refunded. 

Term time life drawing course: 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.  

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. 

Timings, Accommodation and Parking

All of the courses that we offer are open to participants who are aged 16 and over.  Each course begins at 10am and concludes at 5pm, with the studios open for access from 9.15 am and during the lunch break.   On occasions when a programme involves off site working, participants will not be able to remain in the studios alone, the studios are closed during those sessions.  Two weeks before the start of each programme, a full timetable, with daily schedules, is distributed to all participants. 

The Ruskin courses are non-residential. The School can recommend University Rooms to arrange accommodation in one of the colleges, many course participants have stayed in colleges around the city over the years and have enjoyed the experience!  Alternatively, the Tourist Information Centre has a comprehensive selection of accommodation suggestions, including hostels and hotels in the centre of Oxford and B&Bs in the surrounding villages.

There is no parking available at the Ruskin, and limited local parking, street parking in the city is largely for 2 hours only.  Please refer to the Oxford City Council website for information on car parks and the city's Park and Ride service that can each provide longer parking options.

During each course, the Ruskin provides refreshments of tea, coffee, juices etc. Coffee breaks and lunch breaks are built into each day and participants are welcome to remain in the studio during these times, or take breaks as and when they need them as well.  In addition, there is a bountiful supply of cafés and restaurants near to the school.

Travel directions to the Ruskin are also available on our website.


General Information

If you are an alumni of Oxford University and need to arrange for an alumni card, or replace a lost card, please click here

There is limited disabled access at 74 High Street - please contact the office for more information: 01865 276940

For any further queries about any of the Ruskin’s short courses, please contact Juliet Franks via the email address :

Life Drawing - Term Time

The Ruskin School offers three eight week life drawing courses during the academic year.  Classes take place on a Saturday morning for members of the general public, with two evening classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays for University staff, students and alumni. 

Each course is taught by different tutors and is held in the Drawing Studio at 74 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG. More information can be found here