Summer art workshops at the RBSA!

Looking for something creative to keep you busy over the summer? The RBSA has a fantastic programme of art workshops, beginning on 23 July and running through August. Some classes repeat in the autumn, so September and October dates are also given.

These friendly artist-led workshops cater to a range of abilities and are a fun way to learn new skills. Complementary drinks and art materials are included!

Here you can read about a few highlights from our programme. Places are limited – to book just call 0121 236 4353.

Seeing and Thinking Portraiture 27 July & 26 October


This workshop with guest artists Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS will focus on how to engage with sitters in natural situations, using a range of simple techniques to create photographs that communicate more than a likeness. It is suitable for all abilities.

Paul and Maria have both been on the selection panel for the RBSA biennial Photographic Prize exhibition and are kindly offering this workshop at a lower price to help make it as accessible as possible to photography lovers. Workshops by Paul and Maria would normally start at £95 per day, making this an excellent opportunity to receive high-quality tuition at a budget-friendly price.


Copy, Proof, Print 05 August and 29 October


Eric Gaskell will guide you through the steps of drawing a design, cutting a lino tile and proofing to create a final print. His workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners. Eric is an Associate of the RBSA and a skilled printmaker specialising in lino-cut:

“Although my workshop is not a ‘drawing’ class, being open to trying out lots of ideas by drawing is essential. Drawing is fast, printmaking slow, so it makes sense to see what might happen beforehand. The linocut is quite a meditative process; cutting is done slowly and precisely, inking the block is done carefully and you handle the paper delicately.


Second Edition 07 August 2019

Also by Eric, this one-day introduction to drawing, cutting, and proofing a lino-cut print is suitable for beginners, but also for those who attended the ‘Copy, Proof, Print’ workshop and would like an additional day of support and guidance.


Screenprinting with Stencils 10 August


A workshop with Karoline Rerrie, RBSA Friend. Make stencils using your own images, patterns or designs and print onto paper to create a small edition of personalised unique prints.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities, from beginners to experienced printmakers looking to refresh their skills.


Photographing Your Artwork 16 – 17 August

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This is a completely new workshop, created in response to feedback from our visitors and exhibitors. It is run by Birmingham-based photographer Olivia Swinscoe.

These one-hour, one-to-one sessions are for artists seeking to improve their ability to photograph their artwork and prepare images for online use. Those seeking more extensive guidance can book two sessions back-to-back.

The session will provide helpful tips on camera settings, lighting, and post-processing techniques and will result in at least one professional image of one artwork. This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Olivia will have her own equipment on-hand, but we encourage attendees to bring the kit they have so they can apply the skills learnt back at home.

Please click here for full booking information for this workshop.

£40/*£35 per session

Time slots available:

  1. Session 1, 10:30 – 11:30am

  2. Session 2, 11:45am – 12:45pm

  3. Session 3, 1:15 – 2:15pm

  4. Session 4, 2:30 – 3:30pm

  5. Session 5, 3:45 – 4:45pm

Experimental Life Drawing 25 July and 1 November


This workshop is run by Jain McKay, a designer artist and Birmingham Printmakers member.

Produce exciting life drawings using a variety of materials and approaches.

Suitable for all abilities, including more experienced artists seeking new ideas.


* discounted prices for Friends of the RBSA, Members & Associates, and full-time students.

Our summer workshops programme is sure to have something for you. To view the full programme click here.

Banner image: Screenprint by Karoline Rerrie (detail)

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