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Art created during a RIBA art workshop. Credit: Wilson Yau, RIBA

Explore and Make Online: Creative art workshops for ages 50 and over

The RIBA’s new monthly creative art workshop for those aged 50 or above, takes place on the last Thursday of each month. Using architecture and the RIBA's collections as inspiration, you will create your own art in this artist-led workshop. Free, booking essential.

Let’s get creative at home. Book a free place at the RIBA’s new monthly art workshop ‘Explore and Make: Online’ for those aged 50 or above, taking place on the last Thursday of each month. With us online you will explore buildings and architecture whilst you make your artwork. No experience is required, suitable for all abilities.

Artist Wilson Yau will lead each 45-minute session using basic stationery or household items. Inspiration for this interactive workshop will come from themed images from the RIBA’s world-class architectural collections of books, drawings, photographs and archives.

March workshop and booking

Book on one of two sessions on 25 March: 10.30am to 11.15am and 12pm to 12.45pm (Please note, these two sessions on the same day are identical so we strongly advise you to only book one).

For March's workshop, we will look at gardens for inspiration and be drawing with twigs.

Please bring:

  • white paper - several sheets, any size, A4 is ideal
  • two or three small twigs from your garden or local park (alternatives are bamboo sticks, matchsticks or toothpicks)
  • ink or paint
  • some water
  • pencil (any shade)

Other workshops

Upcoming workshops dates: 29 April, 27 May and 25 June 2021. Booking for each will open closer to the date, please check this page again for updates or sign up for our newsletter.

Additional information

Microsoft Teams: The workshop will take place online via Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed through web browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge, but not Safari. The platform is free to use and you do not need to have an account to use Teams, you can join as a guest. You may need to download the free software or app for some devices such as Apple-branded products, e.g. iPads and iPhones, please check before you attend.

Booking: Pre-booking is essential. You will receive a link to the event two days and a reminder 20 minutes before the event. Only those who have booked will be accepted into the session.

Materials: You will need to provide your own materials for each workshop.

Recording: The workshop will not be recorded, and we ask participants not to record other attendees. For your safety and others, please ensure you have a suitable background or move any personal or identifying items from view.

Timekeeping: We suggest you arrive virtually a few minutes beforehand to identify any potential technical difficulties; participants will be held in a virtual waiting room until the workshop leader starts the workshop.

RIBA Learning: This workshop is part of the RIBA’s learning programme which provides opportunities for everyone to explore, question, and celebrate architecture.