Art classes at the RBSA: try something new and enjoy art this summer

The RBSA summer school is now taking bookings… so if you are looking to brush up on your art skills, our affordable classes could be the perfect solution.

We run summer workshops every July and August, with professional artists offering tips on how to improve your skills or learn something new. The beauty of our classes is there’s no long-term commitment. You can dip in and mix and match as you see fit.

This year’s workshops are already attracting a lot of interest. Choose from a huge range of media and disciplines, including:

pastels…portraits…sculpting…urban drawing…still life…IT skills for artists…mono-printing…screen-printing…photography…and textiles

We’ll be featuring more workshop coverage across the summer and into the autumn as some classes will run in October and November too, so make sure you subscribe to email updates!


Eric Gaskell ARBSA will be teaching printmaking…

‘The tutor was so friendly and helpful – very welcoming…’

‘I enjoyed it. Got loads done. The tutor was so helpful…’

‘I’ll definitely be back next year…’


Ed Isaacs RBSA will be teaching urban drawing…

Highlights for July and early August include:

Trees in Graphite Tue 23 July David Brammeld RBSA

Learn how to draw striking treescapes in pencil and graphite through a variety of techniques and expressive handling. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners.

£50 / £45

. Mixed Media Portrait Painting Wed 24 July  Jain McKay RBSA

Experiment with a variety of materials and approaches to help you create a selection of exciting portraits. Suitable for all abilities, including more experienced portrait artists seeking new ideas.

£60 / £55

. Experimental Life Drawing Thu 25 – Fri 26 July Jain McKay RBSA

Produce exciting life drawings using a variety of materials and approaches. Suitable for all abilities, including more experienced portrait artists seeking new ideas. £115 / £105


Seeing and Thinking Portraiture Sat 27 July Guest Tutors Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS

Engage with ‘sitters’ in natural situations using a range of simple techniques to create photographs that communicate more than a likeness. Suitable for new and experienced photographers alike. £55 / £50

. Improve Your Urban Drawing Mon 29 – Tue 30 July Ed Isaacs RBSA

A comprehensive overview of key drawing skills, involving one day of studio-based drawing and one day of urban sketching along local canals and streets. Suitable for those with some previous drawing experience. £100/£90

. Life Drawing Wed 31 July Tina Willis-Jones, RBSA Friend

Learn about basic human anatomy, measuring techniques, scale and proportion to create dynamic life drawings in different media. Suitable for all abilities. £60 / £55


Mixed Media Landscapes Thu 1 – Fri 2 August Zarina Keyani, RBSA Friend

Explore colour, form, and expressive paint techniques to produce abstract landscapes in a range of paints and inks. Ideal for beginners but also suitable for painters looking to try something new. £106 / £96


Experimental Watercolours Sat 3 August Zarina Keyani, RBSA Friend

Experiment with colour, form and expressive paint techniques to create a range of abstract landscapes in watercolour paints and inks. Ideal for beginners but also suitable for intermediates. £55 / £50


Copy, Proof, Print Mon 5 – Tue 6 August Eric Gaskell ARBSA

Eric will guide you through the steps of drawing, cutting, and proofing to create a final print. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners. £110 / £100


Second Edition Wed 7 August Eric Gaskell ARBSA

This one-day introduction to drawing, cutting, and proofing a lino-cut print is suitable for beginners, but also those who attended Eric’s ‘Copy, Proof, Print’ workshop and would like an additional day of support and guidance. £60 / £55


Life Sculpture Fri 9 August David Walton RBSA

Create your own figure sculpture! Observe a life model, make a metal armature and sculpt onto it in plaster. Ideal for beginners but suitable for all abilities. £70 / £65


Screenprinting with Stencils Sat 10 August Karoline Rerrie, RBSA Friend

Make stencils using your own images, patterns or designs and print onto paper to create a small edition of unique prints. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners and experienced printmakers looking to refresh their skills. £55 / £50

See this recent post for the full programme. To book, call 0121 236 4353 to pay by card over the phone, or visit the gallery to pay in person. You can also send a cheque made out to the RBSA. Why not book now? Places are going fast, so don’t delay.

Paul Hill and Maria Falkoner are guest tutors this summer…

Did you know?

  1. Every workshop is delivered by professional artists or guest tutors who are experts in their field

  2. Workshops range from one to four days and include weekend dates

  3. Some are repeated in the autumn

  4. There are discounts for Members, Associates, Friends and students in full-time education

  5. Art materials and hot drinks are included, and a certificate of attendance can be provided.

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