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Short Courses Summer 2018 Life Drawing - term-time classes

Short Courses Summer 2018

The Ruskin School of Art runs Short Courses each summer (July - September). Details of the programme for 2018 will be published in February - please check these pages for updates.
Botany course - session in the Botanical Gardens, Oxford University Photograph: Psalm Kivinen

The Ruskin offers a selection of short courses during the summer vacation for 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 open to anyone over the age of 16; they are non-residential but participants can book accommodation in nearby colleges at (guests must be 21 or over, or accompanied by someone over 21).

The main teaching is conducted in the studios of the School.  The Ruskin provides core art materials for each programme and light refreshments during each course.  


Human Anatomy. Photos: Psalm Kivinen

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 & Anatomy;  Eleanor also devised an exciting new course in 2017, The Archaelogy of the Self, which will be repeated in 2018.  

The Archaeology of the Self. Photo: 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 3-day Introduction to Life Drawing courses.

Schedule and Fees of Courses

Teaching starts at 10am each morning and finishes at 5pm.  The studios are open for study from 9am til 6pm. Tuition is in English .

Materials and printed resources are included, and light refreshments are provided.

No academic or artistic criteria required; all participants must be 16 years old and over.

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).

Further information about the individual courses wil become available soon, and booking should open at the end of February at the University of Oxford Online Stores

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