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 apply 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:

With such a range of artists to choose from within the society, the RBSA Gallery also offers fee paying workshops or 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 Gallery and local school sites. These can be delivered throughout the year at the Gallery or at your school. The RBSA Gallery are happy to provide workshop outlines and risk assessments for all workshops.

Statements from students and teachers

‘Being surrounded by ‘real’ art provided an atmosphere of focused engagement in the task’
A. Billingham, teacher, Moseley School

‘A very enjoyable visit. The pupils enjoyed taking part’
H. Brown, teacher, Moseley School

‘I have learnt to draw closely from observation of a hawthorn tree and look closely at the lines used in the drawings’

Year 10 student from Pool Hayes Arts & Community School

‘Excellent workshop. All the pupils enjoyed the experience of visiting the gallery and being involved in a range of skills. Many of the pupils have never been to Birmingham and never visited an art gallery before’        S. Byers, teacher, Sutton School and Specialist College

Previously Funded Projects:

1) 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.

2) Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Scheme. William John Wainwright and the RBSA Gallery (2011)

Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Scheme, the RBSA Gallery held an exhibition of works by the artist William John Wainwright and some of his contemporaries: Birmingham Artist William John Wainwright (1855-1931): Characters and Costumes. The exhibition was curated by the Archive Team of Volunteers and included local university and sixth form students.

Alongside the exhibition, funding was also awarded to deliver a three session workshop to two secondary schools and a single workshop to a third secondary school. The three sessions included two gallery visits and an activity based at the schools. They explored the exhibition, work of Wainwright, his role in the history and heritage of the RBSA and Birmingham and the genre of portraiture. Each student completed a study pack and produced their own portrait drawings, dry points and collages. The single workshop enabled a group of Gifted and Talented students to act as 'Curators for the day' in order to experience what is involved in researching, selecting, hanging, interpreting and marketing an exhibition.