Putney School of Art and Design welcomes students of all ages, backgrounds and experience. Our courses are tailored for busy working and parenting lives, with options for morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes. Our reputation for offering a grounding in technique as a starting point for creativity, means that students are equipped with a solid foundation from which they can take-off in their chosen direction, whether it be for their own pleasure, higher education or employment.
Digital Photography and Photoshop level 1
Learn to take better photographs using your digital camera and improve and edit them using adobe photoshop.
Introduction to Oil Painting
Explore the properties of oil paint, methods of application and colour mixing to establish a platform for future painting and increase confidence.
Introduction to Drawing
Learn the basic principles of observational drawing, beginning with simple shapes and proportion through to conveying volume and space, form and light.
Ideal for students who are new to garden design and who have a small to medium sized garden they wish to transform.
Our seven art studios include a large printroom for etching and silkscreen, a lithography studio, a superb Victorian Life and Portrait studio, a ceramics studio with separate glaze room, kiln rooms and external gas kiln; plus studios for painting, digital design, watercolour and illustration. There is a large Art library with free wifi and internet access, a café and roof terrace, and a fully stocked art materials shop. All our facilities are fully accessible.
Lots of new courses starting from 2nd week in September, including a range of Taster sessions where you can try out different subject areas without commiting yourself to signing up for the course. Taster sessions include Oil Painting, Drawing, Watercolour and Gouache, Garden Design and Botanic Drawing and painting.
Open House days take place on the first two Sundays of October, (11am – 5pm) with exhibitions by students, and a chance to have a go at drawing, printing and pottery.
Masterclass Sunday is on 16th October with artists John Higgins (ceramics); Colin Merrin (mixed media) and Sue Rowling (monoprinting).
Student comments from our satisfaction survey July 2016
“The atmosphere is structured enough to enhance and encourage learning and free enough to inspire creativity.”
“My first year at PSAD, and I wish I had come here years ago. Excellent value.”
“I gained a fundamental insight into the drawing of the human body.”
“The course constantly challenges us”
“Built confidence, learnt new techniques, really enjoyed the classes.”
“A real confidence boost”
“Learning to work with clay/stonework and create something- it was therapeutic.”
“Having professional help to hand-good positive feedback and fair criticism.”
Location and transport
The school is very close to tube and rail stations and bus stops.
By tube - nearest underground station is East Putney on District line, three minutes walk away.
By bus - these routes pass close to the school - 37, 39, 220, 270 and 337
By rail - three minutes from Putney Station with services every seven minutes from Waterloo.
By bicycle- there is bicycle parking available. There’s also a Santander Cycle Hire docking station immediately outside the School entrance on Oxford Road.
By car- street parking close to the School is expensive and difficult to find, but is free after 6.30pm
How to enrol
You can enrol on all courses for adults if you are 19 years or older. We also run courses especially for younger students and family learning courses for parent and child. We have no nationality restrictions on any of our courses, though a good understanding of English is essential on most courses.