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 life drawing, watercolours, pastels, mixed media, oils, acrylics and for the first time this year, children’s activities in August. A dedicated team of artists from East Anglia and further afield offer a fantastic range of tutored workshops through-out the year and you can now find the programme for 2016 on the Diary Page.
Every Thursday and Friday is Drop-In & Paint Day. These days offer students the opportunity to bring along their own painting projects, enjoy the company of friends and get help and tuition from the resident artist of the day, culminating in an annual end of season exhibition to show off their work.
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 if the weather is inclement sitting next to the log burning stove offers a welcome alternative! The studio also boasts an attractive mezzanine floor with an extensive library of art books, and a quiet reading area. And for the students, the studio provides enough free standing and table top easels to cope with the needs of all workshops.
The studio is generally open from Tuesday to Friday (10am – 4pm), plus some weekends if a workshop is taking place. Workshops are usually limited to between 8 – 9 students, although for some very popular workshops the mezzanine floor is also used, thus offering a few more places! However, early booking is always recommended (workshops for 2016 are already filling up).
To the side of the studio is Essex Framing Services (EFS), which also houses a gift shop and small art gallery.
Whittlesford is a very pretty Cambridgeshire village located 1.5 miles from junction 10 of the M11 and the Duxford Imperial War Museum. A direct train service from Cambridge to Liverpool Street can be accessed in 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:New Year! New Tutors! New Workshops!
Roll on 2016 because we at the Old School Studio are ready for you! There are a lot of new things to look forward to this year, so get ready! NEW BROCHURE If you haven’t got the new 2016 brochure, click here AND here to download and print it now. Alternatively, you can call 01223 833 064 or... continue reading.