The Old School Studio Old School Lane, High Street, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4YS 01223 833064
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The Old School Studio

Cambridgeshire based art studio offering Tutored Painting
Work-Shops, a Drop-in-and-Paint Club and Cambridge Open Studios

Hello & Welcome!

Hello and welcome to The Old School Studio, which was originally built as a school in 1865 and remains packed full of charm. 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, so next year is going to be a real landmark year for the studio! 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!

The new WORKSHOP BROCHURE for 2018 is now available, so if you would like a copy, please send Val an email (not forgetting to include your full postal address). You certainly won’t be disappointed, as many of the old favourites are returning, plus 20 new artists have also signed up for next year, offering an array of wonderful arts and crafts workshops! The studio is certainly gaining a reputation as a friendly, comfortable and worthwhile destination in the Cambridge area.

The ever popular Drop-in days continue to run every THURSDAY and FRIDAY, plus a few additional dates have been added with Val usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday. These days offer students the opportunity to bring along their own painting projects, enjoy the company of friends, plus get advice and tuition from the resident artist of the day – usually Lesley Rumble on Thursdays, and Val 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 sit next to the cozy log burning stove which offers a welcome alternative when the weather is chilly! 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 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.


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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.

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