Our Summer School is taking bookings! Sign up for an art class soon…

If you’d like to have a go at art this summer then why not try one of our affordable art classes… but be quick as they tend to book 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.

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Trees in Graphite
Tue 23 July
David Brammeld RBSA

Learn how to draw striking treescapes in pencil and graphite through a variety of techniques and expressive handling. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners.

£50 / £45

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Mixed Media Portrait Painting
Wed 24 July 
Jain McKay RBSA

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Experiment with a variety of materials and approaches to help you create a selection of exciting portraits. Suitable for all abilities, including more experienced portrait artists seeking new ideas.

£60 / £55

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Experimental Life Drawing
Thu 25 – Fri 26 July
Jain McKay RBSA

Produce exciting life drawings using a variety of materials and approaches. Suitable for all abilities, including more experienced portrait artists seeking new ideas.
£115 / £105

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Seeing and Thinking Portraiture
Sat 27 July
Guest Tutors Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS

Engage with ‘sitters’ in natural situations using a range of simple techniques to create photographs that communicate more than a likeness. Suitable for new and experienced photographers alike.
£55 / £50

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Improve Your Urban Drawing
Mon 29 – Tue 30 July
Ed Isaacs RBSA

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A comprehensive overview of key drawing skills, involving one day of studio-based drawing and one day of urban sketching along local canals and streets. Suitable for those with some previous drawing experience.
£100/£90

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Life Drawing
Wed 31 July
Tina Willis-Jones, RBSA Friend

Learn about basic human anatomy, measuring techniques, scale and proportion to create dynamic life drawings in different media. Suitable for all abilities.
£60 / £55

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Mixed Media Landscapes
Thu 1 – Fri 2 August
Zarina Keyani, RBSA Friend

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Explore colour, form, and expressive paint techniques to produce abstract landscapes in a range of paints and inks. Ideal for beginners but also suitable for painters looking to try something new.
£106 / £96

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Experimental Watercolours
Sat 3 August
Zarina Keyani, RBSA Friend

Experiment with colour, form and expressive paint techniques to create a range of abstract landscapes in watercolour paints and inks. Ideal for beginners but also suitable for intermediates.
£55 / £50

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Copy, Proof, Print
Mon 5 – Tue 6 August
Eric Gaskell ARBSA

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Eric will guide you through the steps of drawing, cutting, and proofing to create a final print. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners.
£110 / £100

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Second Edition
Wed 7 August
Eric Gaskell ARBSA

This one-day introduction to drawing, cutting, and proofing a lino-cut print is suitable for beginners, but also those who attended Eric’s ‘Copy, Proof, Print’ workshop and would like an additional day of support and guidance.
£60 / £55

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Life Sculpture
Fri 9 August
David Walton RBSA

Create your own figure sculpture! Observe a life model, make a metal armature and sculpt onto it in plaster. Ideal for beginners but suitable for all abilities.
£70 / £65

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Screenprinting with Stencils
Sat 10 August
Karoline Rerrie, RBSA Friend

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Make stencils using your own images, patterns or designs and print onto paper to create a small edition of unique prints. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners and experienced printmakers looking to refresh their skills.
£55 / £50

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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

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

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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

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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 rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk for more details.
£40 / £35 per session

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Beautiful Birds
Mon 19 August
Stephanie Redfern RBSA

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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!
£56 / £51

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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

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Marvellous Mezzotint
Wed 21 August
Martin Maywood, Guest Tutor

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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

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Painting Portraits in Oils for Beginners
Thu 22 – Fri 23 August
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

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Face Masks
Sat 24 August

Paul Brown RBSA

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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

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Drypoint and Monoprint
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

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Floral Watercolours
Wed 28 August
Ann Hackett RBSA

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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

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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

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

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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

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Book Now!

To book any of the above classes call 0121 236 4353 or email rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk

• 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!

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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 rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk 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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