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!

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


Vibrant Pastels
with Janette Summerfield
23 July – 24 July

Learn how to utilise texture, colour, and composition to create vibrant, eye-catching pastel artworks.

Mixing Media!
with Ann Hackett
25 July – 26 July

Discover how to use a variety of media in a range of ways to create interesting artworks. Ann will provide plenty of hints and tips on how to use pen, ink, paint, papers, and materials such as bleach to give your work added texture, depth, and spontaneity.

Painting Small With a Big Brush
with Mathe Shepheard
27 July

Produce a selection of small expressive watercolour paintings to develop free movement of the hand using a range of brushes and colours.

Pastel Gardens
with Lynda Kettle
28 July

Experiment with mark-making techniques and coloured papers to create vibrant pastel paintings based on your own reference material.

Experimental Portrait Painting
with Jain McKay
30 July – 31 July

Back by popular demand! 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.

Powerful Portraits
Keith Turley
3 August

Learn how to use mark-making skills, effective composition, and different tonal combinations to draw striking portraits of a live model in charcoal and graphite. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners.

Urban Drawing
Ed Isaacs
6 August

Back by popular demand! Receive guidance and practical tips to help increase your confidence and develop your drawing skills for sketching in the urban landscape.

Painting a Striking Still Life
Dennis Minchin
8 August

Explore the rich history of the still life genre and experiment with canvas design, composition, and colour theory to paint your own vibrant still life. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including those new to painting.

All White
Vivienne Cawson
10 August

Sharpen up your observation skills sorting out tonal values and coloured whites while painting from a very simple still life with white flowers. A real challenge and a great exercise in learning to leave the white paper to do it’s own job in a painting.

For more information about the workshops we have available across the summer and how to book, please visit our workshops page.

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. 

We take a deposit or full payment at the gallery, and you can arrange to collect your work once the exhibition is over. If you can’t make it to an exhibition, call us on 0121 236 4353 or email

Visit the RBSA soon and see what original art you could be taking home…

Remember that booking is not required for our Saturday demonstrations, so feel free to drop by the Gallery on the day. For more details on all the events listed, and to find out about everything else going on at the RBSA, please take a look at the website.

By Kara Neill, RBSA Marketing Intern

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