The RBSA Gallery has a range of Members and Associates who lead our workshops, many with teaching experience at Primary, Secondary and College level. We can cater for Key Stages 3 (years 7-9, aged 11-14) and 4 (years 10-11, aged 14-16). We are particularly experienced in delivering in workshops or projects to groups in years 9 and above. This is due to our ability to deliver high quality, in-depth workshops that teach the necessary skills and techniques to students considering or studying art as an exam subject.

Funded workshops/projects

The RBSA Gallery regularly applies for funding towards education workshops and projects. Funded projects are free or have reduced fees. To enquire about the current or future funded opportunities available please contact Natalie Osborne via

Current FREE opportunity

We currently have free workshop opportunities available for 2 primary school groups. The workshops will focus on abstract art, watercolor media, and careers in the arts. Places are limited. If you would like to take one of these free workshops, please contact Natalie Osborne via

Tailored workshops/projects

With such a range of artists to choose from within the society, the RBSA Gallery also offers fee-paying workshops/projects designed to meet your needs and requirements.

We have recently delivered drawing, textile and ceramic workshops to a range of primary and secondary school groups at both the RBSA Gallery and local school sites. These can be delivered throughout the year at the RBSA Gallery or at your school/college. We are happy to provide outlines and risk assessments for all workshops.

To enquire about booking a visit or workshop please contact Natalie via

Statements from pupils and teachers

‘The visit was well organised. Children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I gained ideas for art lessons in school’.
Miss Barnes, teacher, Nelson Primary School

‘Great links to numeracy. I will be using this idea when we look at 3D shapes next half term’
Miss Hendricks, teacher, Nelson Primary School

‘We repeated, patterned, press printed and rotated a decahedron’
Year 4 pupil, Nelson Primary School

‘I enjoyed going outside and looking at the patterns on the building and sketching’

Year 4 pupil, City Road Primary School

Previously Funded Projects:

1) Arts Council England. RBSA Anniversary Exhibition

Thanks to Support from Arts Council England, the RBSA Gallery held an exhibition in 2010 to celebrate ten years of being in St. Paul's Square. Alongside the exhibition, funding was awarded to run a series of free art workshops for schools within the local area. These included drawing, printmaking, sculpture. They also incorporated other areas of the curriculum, such as literacy, history and geography.

2) Heritage Lottery Fund. Exploring the Lines Family with the RBSA (2008-2011)

Thanks to the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the RBSA Gallery held an exhibition of works from its Permanent Collection, Rediscovering the Lines Family, from 30 April to 23 May 2009. This exhibition was a collection of drawings by the sons of Samuel Lines, a founder of the RBSA and one of Birmingham’s most highly regarded drawing masters of the nineteenth century.

Alongside the exhibition, funding was also  awarded to run a series of  free drawing and printing workshops for schools within the local area. These aimed to engage young people with their local art history, help them enjoy the works and demonstrate how the study of heritage works can support their art practice. The workshops also helped each young person to learn art skills through making their own works based on drawings from the exhibition Rediscovering the Lines Family.

For examples of  the types of workshop delivered please click the links on the right.