Summer workshops booking fast: take a look at what’s on offer

Looking for new activities this summer? The RBSA has a host of affordable workshops for people interested in having a go at art… and they are booking fast!

All classes are taught by our expert art tutors… choose from a host of different skills: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, portraiture, still life, watercolour, sculpture, digital skills and more.

Read on below to find out more about our Summer School…

You can ask us any questions or book by calling 0121 236 4353.


Mixed Media Printmaking Mon 12 – Tue 13 August John Scott Martin PPRBSA

Find out how to produce exciting designs and results quickly by combining collage and lino block printing. Suitable for all abilities, including those new to printmaking. £105 / £100


Painting A Vibrant Still-life Wed 14 – Tue 15 August Dennis Minchin RBSA


Experiment with different approaches to gain in-depth experience of how to paint a high-quality still-life. Suitable for all abilities and a great opportunity for those aiming to enter work into exhibitions. £100 / £90


Photographing Your Artwork Fri 16 August – Sat 17 August One-to-one tutorials with Olivia Swinscoe NWA

New one-hour, one-to-one sessions for artists seeking to improve their ability to photograph their artwork and prepare images for online use. 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. Suitable for all abilities. Those seeking more extensive guidance can book two sessions back-to-back. Call 0121 236 4353 or email for more details. £40 / £35 per session


Beautiful Birds Mon 19 August Stephanie Redfern RBSA


Use your own personal reference material to create layered and stitched textiles exploring birds and their habitat. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners and those who don’t sew! £55 / £50


Tear, Cut, Fold Papercutting Tue 20 August Clare Pentlow NWA

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Create something incredible from a humble material. Explore the possibilities of paper through cutting and folding, gain confidence using a scalpel, and learn about different paper traditions from around the world. Suitable for all abilities. £50 / £45


Marvellous Mezzotint Wed 21 August Martin Maywood, Guest Tutor


Receive expert guidance on how to create and print a mezzotint engraving. Ready-rocked Mezzotint plates will be provided. Suitable for both beginners and experienced printmakers. £60 / £55


Painting Portraits in Oils for Beginners Thu 22 – Fri 23 August Thu 24 – Fri 25 October Francesca Currie RBSA

Receive an introduction to portrait oil painting by learning about the basic palette, how start a painting, facial proportions, and how to bring life to a portrait. Suitable for intermediates seeking a ‘refresher’. £110 / £100


Face Masks Sat 24 August Paul Brown RBSA

paul brown sculpture Workshops

Receive an introduction to sculpting from life. You will learn how to work from a model to produce a portrait mask in air drying clay. Suitable for all abilities. £62 / £57


Drypoint and Monoprint Mon 26 – Tue 27 August Mike Allison, Guest Tutor

Learn how to create and print your own dry-point. Colour can be added using a second monoprint plate. Ideal for beginners but also suitable for intermediates. £56 / £51


Floral Watercolours Wed 28 August Ann Hackett RBSA

Ann Hacket image for art cicle demo 2016

Taking flora and fauna as a source of inspiration, explore how to use inks, watercolour, and simple mixed-media techniques to create interesting and textured artworks. Ideal for beginners but suitable for all abilities.

£55 / £50


Woodcut Printing for Beginners Thu 29 – Fri 30 August Margot Bell RBSA

Learn how to make an effective woodcut print in several clear stages. Each attendee will produce an edition of black and white prints, with the opportunity to add colour on day 2. Ideal for beginners but suitable for all abilities. £55 / £50


How to Write About Your Artwork Sat 31 August Louise Palfreyman Guest Tutor


Learn how to write about your artwork in an interesting and effective way with a professional writer and marketing expert. Each attendee will produce text for their website, social media, or blog. Suitable for all abilities.

£35 / £30


Book Now!

To book any of the above classes call 0121 236 4353 or email

• RBSA adult workshops are suitable for adults aged 18 and over and are taught by expert art tutors. • All workshops run from 11am until 4.30pm with a 40-minute lunch break. • Booking is essential and places are only confirmed upon receipt of full payment. • You can visit the Gallery to pay by cash or card, or send a cheque in the post (please make payable to ‘RBSA’ and include details of the workshop/s you wish to book). • Payments are non-transferable and non-refundable. The RBSA reserves the right to withdraw any workshop. In this eventuality, you will be notified and refunded. •  Discounts for Members, Associates or Friends or students. •  Specialist art materials and hot drinks included in price.

Book a tailor-made activity for your group!


The RBSA has a team of gallery staff and professional artists who can provide information for career days, talks / tours, demonstrations, and practical art workshops (on or offsite) .

Contact 0121 236 4353 or for details.

Visit us

Entry to all RBSA exhibitions is free and many of the works on show are on sale. We recommend viewing in person before making a purchase, but you can view many current exhibitions online, with prices, at our Flickr page. 

Featured image: Jain McKay

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