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 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, MALCOLM CUDMORE – Observational Sketching, ROBERT DUTTON – Expressive Mixed Media, CHARLES EVANS– Enhance Your Watercolours & Acrylics

Every 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 advice 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.

We are open every THURSDAY and FRIDAY from 10am – 4pm, plus whenever a workshop is being held (see our 2017 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 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.


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