Hello and welcome to The Old School Studio. Built as a school in 1865 and packed full of charm, husband and wife team Val & Dave Pettifer (Val being the artist, Dave her facilities manager/general dogs body) have been running it since April 2013. The studio has become a popular venue for artistically minded people, offering a wide range of one and two day fully tutored workshops; life drawing, watercolours, pastels, oils, acrylics and much more. The diary for 2017 is on the website (scroll to the bottom of the 2016 diary for the link), and bookings are already being taken.
Every Thursday and Friday is Drop-In & Paint Day. These days offer students the opportunity to bring along their own painting projects, enjoy the company of friends, plus get advise and tuition from the resident artist of the day.
Visitors are always welcome to pop in for a chat about the workshops on offer and explore the studio, whilst enjoying a cuppa in the attractive garden, or if the weather is inclement sitting next to the log burning stove offers a welcome alternative! The studio has an attractive mezzanine floor with an extensive library of art books, and a quiet reading area. And for the students, the studio provides free standing & table top easels, drawing boards, water pots, and a selection of paints (for a nominal fee) to cope with the needs of all workshops.
The studio is generally open from Tuesday to Friday (10am – 4pm), plus some weekends if a workshop is taking place. Workshops are usually limited to between 8 – 9 students, although for some very popular workshops the mezzanine floor is also used, thus offering a few more places, however early booking is always recommended.
To the side of the studio is Essex Framing Services (EFS), which also houses a gift shop and small art gallery.
Whittlesford is a very pretty South Cambridgeshire village located 1.5 miles from junction 10 of the M11 and the Duxford Imperial War Museum. 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.
Roll on 2016 because we at the Old School Studio are ready for you! There are a lot of new things to look forward to this year, so get ready! NEW BROCHURE If you haven’t got the new 2016 brochure, click here AND here to download and print it now. Alternatively, you can call 01223 833 064 or... continue reading.