Hello and welcome to The Old School Studio, which was originally built as village infants/primary school in 1865 until its closure in 1972, when a new, larger school was built.
Husband and wife team Val & Dave Pettifer (Val being the artist, Dave her right hand man) have been running the business since its inception in April 2013. Now in its 6th year, the studio has developed into a popular venue for artistically minded people, offering a wide range of one and two day fully tutored workshops including watercolours, life drawing, oils, acrylics, mixed media, pastels and much more!
Val is presently working on the diary for 2019 and has some exciting plans afoot! These include a series of 5 week evening courses running from 7pm – 9pm and featuring Portraits in Oils, followed by Children’s Book Illustration, and maybe a third session in the Autumn (subject TBC), with the very talented artist and illustrator Richard Morgan. The number of workshops will be reduced, but there is still an exciting programme planned, with an array of very talented artists. And as if all this was not enough, more painting out days will be planned for the drop-in students and Val will be holding a regular fortnightly Wednesday drop-in, as Friday’s have now reached full capacity. So keep an eye on the website, Facebook page and the newsletter to learn more, and believe it or not, we’re also on Instagram; who’d have thought we would be so modern and up to date with our social media! The new brochure will be available by mid to late December, so when all the Christmas festivities are over, you can relax and plan your artistic diary for 2019.
The ever popular Drop-in days continue to run every THURSDAY and FRIDAY, plus a few additional dates have been added with Val which are usually on a Wednesday. These days offer students the opportunity to bring along their own painting projects, enjoy the company of like minded people, make new friends, and get advice and tuition from the resident artist of the day – usually Lesley Rumble on Thursdays and Valerie Pettifer every Friday, although this is subject to change. A list of the additional dates has been posted on the Drop-In page, and the OSS Facebook page. The fee is just £15.00 and includes hot drinks, the use of the studio easels, drawing boards and water pots, plus the opportunity to buy art materials at trade price!
Visitors are always welcome to pop in for a chat about the workshops on offer and explore the studio, whilst enjoying a cuppa in our secret garden, or if its too cold there’s a welcoming log burning stove to cosy up to! The studio also boasts an attractive mezzanine floor with an extensive library of art books, and quiet reading area.
We are open every THURSDAY and FRIDAY from 10am – 4pm, plus whenever a workshop is being held (see our 2018 diary for details). Workshop groups are kept small, and are rarely bigger than 10 students, although for some very popular workshops we can accommodate 2 or 3 extras upstairs on the mezzanine floor, hence early booking is recommended.
In 2017 we launched our long awaited NEWSLETTER, out every two months, but soon to be increased to a monthly event to keep you bang up to date with all the latest workshops and events, so if you’d like to receive this click here to sign up or get in touch with Val asap and join the OSS family; you know it makes sense!
Whittlesford is well worth exploring; a very pretty South Cambridgeshire village located 1.5 miles from junction 10 of the M11 it’s a stones throw from the world famous Duxford Imperial War Museum (a WW2 air field), and only 20 minutes by car from the historic city of Cambridge. A direct train service from Cambridge to Liverpool Street can be accessed from Whittlesford Rail Station, plus a regular bus service to the P&R into Cambridge picks up from the corner of Old School Lane.
The surprise visit! It was Friday 23rd March, and it started like most Drop-In days do with a flurry of activity and anticipation. There were 12 students (the Friday Friends as they like to be known) and every-one was working on something different and exciting, so I was being kept very busy indeed, but everything... continue reading.