Top ten reasons to take an art class… and how to find one near you

Art classes have been shown to be good for your wellbeing, and what’s more, they’re fun! Here’s our Top Ten reasons to take an art class, with a look at our Winter Workshop Programme.

  1. You can try something new: art classes are a great way to learn new skills or brush up on old ones…

  2. You can make a mess: studios are used to it. Our Gallery spaces are no exception.

  3. Art is good for you, a recent survey found.

  4. Creativity is stimulating: it reaches parts of the brain we don’t always use.

  5. You can make new friends: all our classes are run by qualified artists and are small, friendly groups.

  6. Art helps you solve problems: time away from daily stresses doing something new will help you return refreshed.

  7. You can take your art home with you: our classes include materials, and you may create a new piece of art!

  8. Discover a new passion: you could be a printmaker in the making… our print classes and lino-cut kit could be just the ticket.

  9. Begin a new hobby: once your class is over, you can continue exploring your new skills in one of our sketchbooks or notebooks…

  10. Wake up to watercolour: it’s an increasingly popular medium, and we have a Watercolour Kit to help you get started.


Here are just some of the great art classes available at the RBSA this February. All of our workshops run from 11am-4.30pm with a lunch break, unless otherwise specified. We’re located just off St Paul’s Square, in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter…

Vibrant Pastels 11 – 12 February  Janette Summerfield


Pastels are a magical medium… and in this two-day workshop you will learn how to utilise texture, colour, and composition to create vibrant artworks.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities.


Abstract Landscapes 13 – 14 February 2019 Zarina Keyani


Explore colour, form, and expressive techniques to produce abstract landscapes in a range of paints and inks. Skills you will develop include use of colour, tone and texture and how to know when a work is finished. Ideal for beginners but also suitable for painters looking to try something new.


Our Watercolour Starter Kits are ideal for those of you who like the mixed media approach… ask on our Ground Floor for details!

Copy, Proof, Print 18 – 19 February Eric Gaskell


Known for his colourful lino-cuts, Eric is a master printmaker who can take you through the steps to a great artwork – from drawing, cutting, and proofing, to a final print ready to take home!

Suitable for all abilities, including beginners.


Our Lino Cut Starter Kits contain everything you need to get started! Ask at the RBSA reception desk for details or call 0121 236 4353.

Monoprint and Drypoint 20 February 2019 Mike Allison, Guest Tutor

Mike will demonstrate how to create and print a dry-point based on your selected design. Colour will be added to the dry-point prints using a second monoprint plate. This workshop is ideal for beginners but also suitable for intermediates.


* discounted prices for Members, Associates, Friends and individuals in full-time education.

Beautiful Birds 21 February Stephanie Redfern


Create layered and stitched textiles using your own reference material. Explore birds and their natural habitat and produce a wonderful work to treasure.

Suitable for all abilities.


Mixed-Media Portraits 22 February Jain McKay


Jain uses mixed-media to great effect to create her striking works. You can learn how to work with a variety of materials and create a selection of exciting portraits!

Suitable for all abilities, including portrait artists seeking new ideas.


Jain McKay has a forthcoming solo show and sales event at the Gallery. See our main website for details.

Want to improve your drawing skills? Why not treat yourself to one of our RBSA Sketchbooks or Notebooks?

Book Now!

To see the full range of RBSA workshops and book a place just visit our website for more info. You can book by calling 0121 236 4353.

In addition, artists should check out our current Call For Entries. We have a busy annual programme of exhibitions, and you could see you work on our Gallery walls!

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