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29 September 2018 Big Skies, Saltmarsh and Fens - Mixed Media, Cambridgeshire

Bookings now being taken and looking likely to be another popular workshop for 2018!

The Old School Studio, Cambridgeshire

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' and husband) have been running  Old School Studio in Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire since April 2013. The studio has become a popular venue for artistically minded people, offering a wide range of art events throughout the year with some really great named artists so I'm really pleased to announce I'll be back again in 2018 to teach another popular workshop!

Old School Studio is set amidst beautiful and charming countryside in the heart of Cambridgeshire and being modern, warm and friendly, spacious and fully equipped, who could ask for more. See you there!

Join international award winning artist Robert Dutton at the Old School Studio for this contemporary expressive mixed media painting workshop learning LOTS of exciting art techniques that are sure to inject some extra spark into the way you presently paint!

Robert’s enthusiastic energy and way of tutoring will soon have you working loosley and multi layering your media in lots of new and exciting ways. You will learn how to create create a fabulous atmospheric East Anglian/Norfolk saltmarsh scenes with an emphasis on those big skies and dramatic cloudscapes we all just love!

Using free-flowing painting techniques with big brushes, suptuous colour washes and lovely descriptive linear marks will work hand in hand as you learn to draw with the brush and paint with it at the same time. Learn how to become more confident with pastel too as you add those all important finished marks exploring further your texture and layers to create an expressive paintings that will sure stand out from the crowd!

Class restricted to 14 STUDENTS ONLY so early booking is highly recommended!

Who should attend?
This workshop is best suited for students with practical painting ability with other media or improvers with experience with water-based mediums such as watercolour, gouache who want to loosen up their style.

Robert will be give regular demonstrations throughout your workshop with plenty of individual and group focus through-out the day.

Location and getting there

Driving? Less than a mile from junction 10 off M11, where it meets A505. SatNav: Post code CB22 4YS

Public Transport? Catch a direct train from Cambridge or London Liverpool Street Stn to Whittlesford Parkway Station which is approx 1.4 miles from the Studio. A regular bus service picks up from the corner of Old School Lane. Please look up bus schedules before travelling.

Parking? Is FREE at The Old School Studio!

If you are approaching from the M11 come off at Junction 10 – A505 Duxford and Royston
From the South take the 3rd exit A505, from the North take the 1st exit A505 heading for Duxford and Whittlesford. After about 500 yards you will take the first turning on your left signed Whittlesford, Hill Farm Road. Travel about ½ mile until you see another Whittlesford sign and turn right into West End continuing for approximately ½ mile (West End turns into High Street as you take a left hand bend). Before you reach the junction (Post Office on the right) you will reach Old School Lane on the left; there is a bus stop on the corner of the turning.

If you are approaching from the East on the A505
Take the second Whittlesford turning on your right (not the Station turning) into Moorfield Road which leads into Duxford Road. Continue for approximately ½ mile passing the village green on your right. Take a ‘sharp’ left turn into the High Street (there is a red telephone box on the opposite side of the road). Old School Lane is the first turning on the right (bus stop on the corner).

How to book
For more information about this really great value for money workshop and to book your place telephone Val on 01223 833064 or email

Further information
Should you need help with local accommodation Val will only be too happy to help. A list of reccommended accomodation is provided on The Old School Studio website here

What will be provided:

  • The studio supplies table-top & Free Standing Easels, Drawing boards & Water Pots
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits, but please bring a packed lunch
  • Some acrylic inks generously supplied by The Old School Studio on loan and must be returned after each workshop

What you will need to bring:

  • Acrylic Inks - favourite colours of your choice, Daler Rowney FW, Liquitex, Magic or Amsterdam Royal Talens makes highly recommended
  • Watercolour (tubes) and/or Gouache in your favourite colours - PERMANENT WHITE GOUACHE ESSENTIAL!
  • Suggested colours: Magenta, Winsor Violet, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Quinacridone Gold, Lemon Yellow, Viridian, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Blue, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Indigo, Yellow Ochre, Winso
  • Good quality (300gsm/140Ib NOT) watercolour paper - Robert uses Canson Moulin du Roy ‘NOT' 300gsm (140Ib), highly recommended & can be purchased from Robert @ £5.00 per full imperial sheet on the day if preferred
  • A selection of Soft & Hard pastels, including a selection of darks and white shades which are essential
  • A selection of watercolour brushes, but must include some LARGE brushes: Mops, Swordliners, Rounds & Chisels - plus whatever else you may have (Robert recommends Pro Arte Series 50, 106, & 101 Chisels)
  • Large Hake Brush & an old hog brush
  • Palettes - bring large ceramic and/or enamel plates
  • Masking fluid
  • Old scrap paper to use as masking - A4 size photocopy paper ideal
  • Apron, kitchen roll
  • Fixative - any brand, but NOT hairspray please!
  • Your own reference photographs but some are provided for you to work from during the workshop only if needed
  • Notebook & pen
  • Camera
  • Your own packed lunch

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