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 including mixed media, watercolours, pastels, oils, acrylics and much more. To view the diary for 2017 scroll to the bottom of the 2016 diary for the link. Many of the 2017 workshops are already filling up, so if you see something that interests you, don’t delay, get in touch now!
NEW for 2017: TONY ALLAIN – Chasing the Light with Pastels, MARIE ANTONIOU – Contemporary Wildlife Painting in Acrylics, MALCOLM CUDMORE – Observational Sketching, ROBERT DUTTON – Expressive Mixed Media, CHARLES EVANS– Enhance Your Watercolours & Acrylics
Every MONDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY we hold DROP-in & PAINT DAYS. 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 – Fee just 13.00
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 next to the cozy log burning stove which offers a welcome alternative when the weather is chilly! The studio also boosts 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.
From the 9th January 2017 we will be open every MONDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY from 10am – 4pm, plus whenever a workshop is being held (see our 2017 diary for details). Workshops groups are kept small, and are rarely bigger than 8 students, although for some very popular workshops the mezzanine floor is also used, hence early booking is recommended.
And what’s new for 2017 – We’ve now launched our long awaited NEWSLETTER, out every two months, to keep you bang up to date with all the latest workshops and events! If you’d like to receive this 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.
Saturday 22nd April 11 am – 5 pm Come join us for a glass of Bucks Fizz, good art and good company as we celebrate the Old School Studio’s 4th birthday! 4 years ago on April 20th I threw open the doors to this studio thinking I’d host a few workshops and spend the rest... continue reading.