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30 September 2018. Contemporary Landscapes in 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!

The emphasis of this exciting, expressive mixed media landscape workshop will teach you how to work confidently with multiple sumptuous colour glazing, combining acrylic ink, gouache and watercolour to create a large scale dramatic landscape painting that is sure to impress!  

Rolling hills, open dale and light filled valleys become the subject matter for this workshop - your chance to explore big open sweeping landscapes seen from afar or a lofty viewpoint with a focus on dramatic light and weather, interweaving shapes and so on - all explored with paint and pastels!

Learning lots of contemporary painting techniques to include working with transparent, semi opaque and opaque layers of paint, real depth will be created in everyone's work.

Pastel techniques are an integeral part of this contemporary expressive landscape workshop as they add those all important finishing layers of textured colour to your painting - the effects over your painting layers really bringing the whole expressive landscape together in an exciting and rewarding way.

Your 10am - 4pm mixed media workshop will teach you lots of contemporary mixed media painting techniques using big brushes, poured paint, bold markmaking and help all who attend step out of their comfort zone to loosen up, become more expressive and ultimately develop as artists. 

With plenty of step by step demonstrations, group and individual attention learning these exciting painting techniques, a fabulous mixed media contemporary landcape workshop awaits!

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 and so on who want to loosen up their style and really develop as artists.

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 as lunch is NOT provided
  • 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 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
  • A selection of Soft & Hard pastels, including a selection of darks and lighter shades to include pale whites 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!
  • Reference photographs of rolling hills, valley or dale
  • Notebook & pen
  • Camera
  • Your own packed lunch

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