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Short Courses 2018 Life Drawing - term-time classes

Short Courses 2018

The Ruskin School of Art runs Short Course each summer (July - September). The programme for 2018 will be published in the new year.
Botany course - session in the Botanical Gardens, Oxford University Photograph: Psalm Kivinen

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.  

In 2018, 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 anatomy to our first year BFA undergraduates, and sculptor and medical artist Eleanor Crook together teach Art & AnatomyHead and Neck (Portraiture) Anatomy; and Sculpting the Body: Anatomy, Life Modelling and Écorché.  Eleanor also devised an exciting new course in 2017, The Archaelogy of the Self, which will be repeated in 2018.  


Human Anatomy - session with Sarah Simblet (left); and Sculpting the Body (Right). Photos: Psalm Kivinen

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 are usually two Introduction to Life Drawing courses.

There may be further offerings in 2018. 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

The Archaeology of the Self. Photo: Psalm Kivinen