Ultimate Guide to RBSA Winter Art Workshops

Screen print of birds

Did you set a resolution to be more creative this year? Explore and learn new art techniques with like-minded creatives at the RBSA Winter Workshops. All workshops at The RBSA Gallery are run by active professionals to suit all levels.

Workshop information

  1. 11am – 4.30pm with lunch break unless otherwise stated

  2. 10 people maximum

  3. Discount for RBSA Friends, Members & Associates and those in full-time education

  4. Booking is essential

  5. To book, call 0121 236 4353 or book in person at The RBSA Gallery.

  6. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable

  7. The RBSA reserves the right to withdraw any workshop, if so, you will be notified and refunded

For enquiries, please email rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk or call 0121 236 4353.

See full workshop descriptions here.

Adult Workshops, 17 – 29 February

Sketch of Wolverhampton with geese flying

Ed Isaacs

Improve Your Drawing Skills

Mon 17 – Tues 18 February

Two days with Ed Isaacs RBSA

Enjoy and improve your drawing in this two-day studio-based workshop. A comprehensive overview of key skills including perspective, use of colour and mark-making. Suitable for those with some previous drawing experience.

£100 / £90

Creative Painting Taster

Wed 19 February

One day with Zarina Keyani RBSA Friend

Experiment with colour and expressive painting techniques to create beautiful artwork in a variety of paints and mediums. Ideal for beginners and intermediates.

£60 / £55

Portrait of man with nose piercing, beard and curly hair

Francesca Currie

Painting Portraits in Oils for Beginners

Thurs 20 – Friday 21 February

Two days with Francesca Currie

Bring life to your portraits with this introduction to portraiture in oil painting. Learn about the basic palette and facial proportions with informative demos and instruction over the course of the two days. Suitable for beginners and intermediates seeking a ‘refresher.’

£110 / £100

Colourful Pastels

Sat 22 February

One day with Janette Summerfield

Equip yourself with the confidence to use colour with pastels techniques to create exciting and imaginative paintings. Suitable for all abilities.

£50 / £45

Screen print of birds

Karoline Rerrie

Screenprint with Hand-cut Stencils

Mon 24 February

One day with Karoline Rerrie

Create hand-cut stencils from your own images, patterns or designs and screenprint onto paper to create a unique addition of multicoloured prints. Suitable for beginners and those with some printing experience.

£55 / £50

Mix the Media

Tues 25 February

One day with Ann Hackett

Learn exciting new ways to create beautiful new imagery inspired by the natural world using various paints alongside everyday items such as string, tea and coffee. Ideal for beginners, yet suitable for all abilities.

£55 / £50

Pencil drawing of man with glasses

Tina Willis-Jones

The Art of Portrait Drawning

Wed 26 – Thurs 27 February

Two days with Tina Willis-Jones

Create a strong portrait with a good likeness. This workshop will be looking at facial anatomy and how to combine this with measuring techniques to improve your portrait drawing skills. Suitable for all abilities.

£106 / 96

Drypoint Etching for Beginners

Fri 29 February

One day with Annette Pugh

Inspired by shape, pattern and abstract design, this is a great basic introduction to etching that will provide knowledge, technical skills and build confidence in intaglio printmaking. Suitable for beginners. This course is also particularly good for those who wish to develop decorative images and wish to discover the joys of printmaking and the plexiglass plate process.

£55 / £50

Camera taking photo of dish

Olivia Swinscoe

Photographing Your Artwork

Sat 29 February

One-to-one tutorials with Olivia Swinscoe

A must-have session for all artists and makers looking to improve their ability to light and photograph their work for print and online use. A 90-minute informative talk followed by optional one-to-one sessions for artists working in any medium. The talk will provide attendees with helpful tips on lighting, photographing and post-processing images of their work.

Optional one-to-one sessions will focus on lighting setup and camera settings or post-processing images for the consistent production of high-quality images of work. (Please state your preference at the time of booking. Those seeking guidance on both aspects can book two sessions, back-to-back.) Suitable for all abilities.

£10 / £7 – 90 min talk

£35 / £30 – One-to-one session (45 min)

To book or make enquiries, please contact us on rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk or 0121 236 4353.

About Us

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist-led charity which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of exhibitions, events and workshops.

The RBSA runs an exhibition venue – the RBSA Gallery – in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, a short walk from the city centre. The gallery is open 7 days a week and admission to all our exhibitions is free.

Find out how to reach the RBSA Gallery here.

By Magda Petford, Marketing Coordinator

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