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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!

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

Please bring your own refreshments.

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Autumn 2019


20 Sep Inspired by Eastern traditions of brush painting
with Shelagh Casebourne


Work by Shelagh casebourne


A session inspired by Eastern traditions of brush painting, where capturing the essence of the subject is the aim, rather than creating an exact representation. As the name implies, using the correct brushes is important, as the brush strokes are key. Some basic, medium sized brushes will be available to purchase on the night (at around £2 each), but water-colour brushes, although the results will not be as good, may be used.

You will need to bring:

Watercolour paints
(at least black and red)

(medium sized, at the very least)

Palettes (a daisy palette is ideal)

A water jar

A couple of pieces of kitchen-roll paper

Good quality cartridge paper or fairly smooth watercolour paper (a narrow vertical format is good), and some paper for practising brush strokes.

Some reference images will be provided, but if there is a particular subject you wish to tackle, please also bring your own images.

11 Oct Biro Art with Janina Maher


Biro Art


Come and explore the versatility of the humble ballpoint pen. We all know its great for writing, but it's also a fantastic tool for line drawings and tonal work. 

For some ideas of what's possible with a ballpoint pen do have a look at this Pinterest page: janinamaher/biro-art

Please bring:

A selection of ballpoint pens that you already have around the house - black, blue, red, and any other colours you may have

5 to 10 pieces of smooth-ish drawing paper 

Knife and cutting mat, or scissors for cutting stencils from your drawing



Any inspiration you want to work from


25 Oct Alcohol inks for beginners with Kate Spencer-Millan


Kate’s session explores the joys of using alcohol inks. You will be exploring alternative ways of using these inks, & you will take away a piece of artwork & coasters. If you like colour, you will love these inks!

Kate will bring all the supplies required for the evening as a lot of what you will use is not what people would typically have at home & are expensive to buy individually. For this reason there will be an extra charge of £6:00 in addition to the session charge.

Just bring yourself along, plus disposable gloves & a face mask if you are sensitive of smells.



15 Nov Inspired by Klee – Oil Transfer with Lorna Webber


Explore the possibilities of the printed line, using a method based on Paul Klee's working practice.  
In this workshop you will make one or more drawings and learn how to transfer a drawing to watercolour paper using the 'oil transfer' process. You can then have fun with your transferred drawing, developing it with colour washes and adding other media if the mood takes you.

Please download Lorna’s helpful information sheet for materials being used and what bring along:




Reflecting Darkly

Pylons and Reflecting Darkly
by Lorna Webber


29 Nov Printing onto fabric – an introduction to some basic
techniques with Emily Gillmor.

Please note this session is limited to 10 people.

This session is now Fully Booked

Emily will repeat this workshop in March 2020 for those of you who have been unable to book.

Please download Emily's helpful information sheet for materials being used and what bring along:




13 Dec Conversation & nibbles with Carole Pembrooke





Spring 2020

10 Jan Printing without a press – creating texture
with Martin Andrews

24 Jan Light & Shadow – Still life in monotone
with Rebecca Mendoza

7 Feb Psychological Spaces, one thing leads to another Mixed medium with Anthony Wilder

28 Feb Drawing on the move with Clare Buchta & doggie friend

13 Mar Printing onto fabric – an introduction to some basic
techniques with Emily Gillmor. A repeat of our popular session for those who missed it. Please note this session is limited to 10 people, contact Carole Pembrooke rgafridays@rga-artists.org.uk to book your space.

27 Mar The clothed figure – pastels & other dry medium
with Jenny Halstead


Here are some examples of work produced at recent RGA Fridays
















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