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. 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 already on the website (scroll to the bottom of the 2016 diary for the link), and the new brochure will be available very soon! However, many of the 2017 workshops are already filling up, so if you see something you fancy trying, 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 the attractive garden, or next to the cozy log burning stove which offers a welcome alternative! 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’re launching our long awaited quarterly NEWSLETTER to keep you bang up to date with all the latest workshops and events! If you’re on the studio mailing list the first issue will be with you on the 26th January. But if you’re not, get in touch asap and join the OSS family; you know it makes sense!

And while you’re in this area Whittlesford is well worth exploring. It’s a very pretty South Cambridgeshire village located 1.5 miles from junction 10 of the M11 and the world famous 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.


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Latest Blog Post:Drop-In Exhibition 2017

Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October 2017 11 am – 4 pm Can you imagine how much art our Drop-in Club members produce every year? We can’t just let it all disappear into folders and private homes without celebrating their commitment to art! So we’ll roll out the wine, soft drinks & nibbles, and you bring... continue reading.

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