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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.

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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

16 Nov Pastels
with Rebecca Mendoza

Come and explore the medium of pastel for an evening. We will examine the materials and equipment used in this fascinating and versatile medium and seek to produce a small piece of pastel painting.

List of materials and equipment to bring:

Small sketch pad/paper to sketch

Putty rubber (preferably blue Faber Castell)

Piece of medium gauge sandpaper (if easily accessible!)

Some watercolour and/or gouache paints, brushes & palette could be useful
though not essential.

Reference images – any images from which you might like to work: landscapes, architecture, figures etc. Some still life objects will be provided.




If you have any pastel paper and/or pastels of any kind please bring them along.

Soft Pastels and Pastel Pencils will be available to use (though not in large quantities) and there will be pastel paper - some specialist paper will require a (small) fee and some will be freely available.

30 Nov Make your own concertina sketchbook
with Janina Maher

During the evening we will make an A5 concertina sketchbook from scratch, using thick (220gsm) cartridge for the pages and your choice of decorative paper for the covers. All steps will be demonstrated and there will be plenty of time to make at least one book yourself

Materials cover charge £3 per book which includes cartridge paper, greyboard, decorative paper, PVA. 

Please bring 

Two heavy hard back books (approx. A4 size) for pressing your handmade book
flat and a piece of waxed paper (paper from cereal packets works well). 


Water container (jam jar)



Brush for gluing (half inch stencil brush with stiff bristles is ideal) 

Pritt stick 

Pencil, eraser, sharpener 

Cutting tools: cutting mat (A3 size or bigger if possible), cutting knife, metal ruler 

The following tools will be available to borrow but If you have them please bring them as it will reduce the need for sharing. 

Bone folder 

Clip knife/shoe knife for slicing paper

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 Gum Arabic with Clare Butcha
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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