Sign up for our summer school and dip into art…

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 variety, including some new areas this year such as photography and planning your artist website.

We have classes in:

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

Janette Summerfield RBSA will be teaching a class on pastels…

And for the first time, new for 2018, we are delivering a series of competitively-priced workshops with a focus on digital skills. More details on these classes coming soon at ART BLOG…

There’s also series of print-themed workshops to accompany our forthcoming Print Prize. 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 across the summer include:

Vibrant Pastels: 23 – 24 July – Learn how to utilise texture, colour, and composition to create vibrant, eye-catching pastel artworks.This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners.

Mixing Media: 25 – 26 July Discover how to use a variety of media in a range of ways to create interesting artworks.  Use pen, ink, paint, papers, and materials such as bleach to give your work added texture, depth, and spontaneity.

Experimental Portrait Painting: 30 July – Trial a variety of materials and approaches to create a selection of exciting portraits. There will be a live model on the second day of the workshop.

Painting Small with a Big Brush: 27 July – Produce a series of small, expressive watercolours in this workshop ideal for beginners.

Painting Portraits in Oils for Beginners: 01 August – Introduction into portrait oil painting learning about the basic palette, how start a painting, facial proportions, and how to bring life to a portrait.

Urban Drawing: 6 August – Practical tips to help increase your confidence and develop your drawing skills for sketching in the urban landscape.

Seeing and Thinking Photographically: 7 August – How we translate the three-dimensional world into an interesting two-dimensional picture. Short assignments will help you release your creativity and take your image-making to a new level.

Improving Your Images: 13 August – Gain top tips on how to edit and organise images of your artwork using a range of imaging tools, including ones that are free to use online.

Creating Online Content for your Website: 16 August – Artists are increasingly aware that promoting work via websites, blogs, and social media is essential in this digital age. However, it can also be time-consuming and overwhelming. This workshop reveals how to make the process more effective and less tiresome for artists.

Mastering Monotype: 24 Aug Discover how to use simple techniques to create your own printed artworks. Suitable for print enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Screen-printing with Hand-cut Stencils: 25 Aug – Learn to make hand-cut stencils of your own images, patterns or designs. Then screen print onto paper using your stencils, silk screens, squeegees and water-based inks. Create layers of different colours and produce a small edition of unique screen prints.

Booking details: call 0121 236 4353 to pay by card over the phone, or visit the gallery to pay in person. 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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