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RGA Fridays take place once a fortnight in the Autumn and Spring terms. The workshops give members and guests a chance to learn or develop their skills in different forms, and with different techniques. It is also a chance to meet up with other artists and friends.

RGA Friday session RGA Friday Session

Our sessions are a mix of tutored sessions focusing on a specific topic or medium, and more informal sessions working from a display created and led by one of our members with a theme that allows you to experiment in the media of your choice.

They are usually held in the Studio, of the New Art Block at Maiden Erlegh School, Silverdale Road, Earley, RG6 7HS. There is ample parking on site. The school is behind the parade of shops on Betchworth Avenue.

The cost per session is £6 for members and £7 for guests. An additional small charge is made if any specialised materials are needed or a model is involved. No need to book, just turn up. Everyone Welcome!

You will still need to pay any additional contributions for models or materials.

Doors open at 6:45pm, the session starts at 7:00 till 9:30.

Please bring your own refreshments.

If you would like to receive regular RGA Fridays updates and for further information please contact Carole at: rgafridays@rga-artists.org.uk

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Autumn 2018

28 Sep Watercolour with Anthony Wilder

Anthony says the title of this picture is "Engleloss Remembers", but the title of the session is up to you!!

Please bring:
Soft toys, bears and/or other items from childhood.

Photographic reference material to place them in other contexts if appropriate.

Medium of your choice.




"Engleloss Remembers"


12 Oct Fast & Loose with Liz Chaderton

Line and wash is a fantastic way of loosening up your watercolour technique and capturing the essence of a subject. Although you can start with ink and then add watercolour, in this session we will start with watercolour washes before using the line to define our subject. Our aim is not to outline a watercolour painting, but to ensure the wash and line add up to more than the sum of the parts. This session will be based around painting animals, however if you want to explore the technique but hate painting animals, you are very welcome to come along!

You will need to bring:
Watercolour paper – at least 140lb, Not surface, ideally half an imperial sheet in size.

Sketch book/smaller pieces of paper for the exercises.

Watercolours, palette, water containers x 2, paper towel, pencil (HB), water spritzer if you have one, brushes (a large wash brush ideally 16 round, smaller rigger size 2).

Pens – waterproof black ink pen eg Faber Castell pigment liner or Uniball Eye or any other pigment liner in a medium tip (0.5mm). You can use a dip pen and Indian ink if you prefer, but you will not be able to do continuous line exercises with it.

Any reference material you want.






Rat terrier (ugly isn’t it?) – watercolour washes placed first, followed by line work. Finished with a little watercolour detail


2 Nov Ghost, Ghouls, & Werewolves
with Janina Maher and Therese Lawlor



16 Nov Gum Arabic with Clare Butcha



30 Nov Concertina Sketchbook Making with Janina Maher



14 Dec Conversation & Party (plus arty Bring and Buy)
hosted by Martina Hildebrandt

Had any unexpected creative successes, or frustrating artistic moments, of the last year? Been to any inspirational exhibitions recently, or even discovered a new medium. Come along for an informal chat plus pre-Christmas celebration. Bring along a plate of nibbles to share, soft drinks provided.


Includes a mini Bring and Buy. Got any art materials or book you never use and think someone else might like. Bring along any items you would like to sell or swap (proceeds go to the seller).

Spring 2019

11 Jan Single Colour with Jean Aust
25 Jan Enlargement to Abstraction with Cath Baldwin
8 Feb Life Drawing with Mick McNicholas
1 Mar Collage with Sadie Brockbank
15 Mar Printing with Emily Gillmor
29 Mar From Illustration to Design with Fiona Webb


Here are some examples of work produced at recent RGA Fridays



And some work from last year...






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