Hello and welcome to The Old School Studio, which was originally built as the village infants/primary school in 1865 until its closure in 1972, when a new, larger school was built on the other side of the village.
Husband and wife team Val & Dave Pettifer (Val being the artist, Dave her right hand man) started the business in 2013 and now in its 7th year, the studio has developed into a popular artistic hub for both the local community and further afield. It offers a wide range of one and two day fully tutored workshops including watercolours, life drawing, oils, acrylics, mixed media, pastels and much more!
The diary for 2019 is now both online and available as a hard copy, and contains a good selection of very reasonably priced one and two day painting workshops, tutored by high profile, professional artists.
New for 2019 are three 6 week evening courses running from 7pm – 9pm starting with Oils for Beginners in February, followed by Book Illustration in April, and in the autumn an Intermediate Oils course; all tutored by the very talented artist and illustrator Richard Morgan.
The ever popular Drop-in days continue to run every THURSDAY and FRIDAY. 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. For more information visit the Drop-in page.
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 always the welcoming log burning stove to cosy up to! The studio also boasts an attractive mezzanine floor with an extensive library of art books and a quiet reading area.
We are open every THURSDAY and FRIDAY from 10am – 4pm plus whenever a workshop is being held (see our 2019 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.
And finally: at the end of 2019 Val and Dave have decided it will be time to retire and hopefully hand over the reigns to a someone else (although there’s no one on the horizon yet). So if you’ve heard about the studio, but never actually got round to visiting, nows the time to do it! And if you fancy running your own studio business, you can contact Val for a chat.
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.
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Very good facilities. Excellent tutor!
I attended the Charles Evans workshops 10 & 11 November 2018. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend the workshops. Val Pettifer was most welcoming and both days were well organised to make sure we got the most out of the days. The Old School Studio is a delight. I will certainly be back for more... Thank you Val for your commitment to art.
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.