Putney School Of Art And Design

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Putney School of Art and Design (PSAD) is a purpose-built Art School, with a reputation for the high quality of its teaching and a strong sense of community. PSAD offers a range of challenging, stimulating and enjoyable courses in the visual arts. Because the school is small and dedicated to art, it does not have the institutional feel of so many adult education centres, making for a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere. PSAD welcomes beginners and more experienced students, who wish to learn, and who wish to practise and enjoy their art.

What's on offer

The School offers students the opportunity to realise their creative potential in the visual arts in an accessible and friendly environment.

The main subject areas are:

  • drawing and painting
  • etching and screenprinting
  • pottery and ceramics
  • book illustration
  • web design, digital photography and digital design

Our part-time students at the school come from very diverse backgrounds. They come here to learn and to practise their art, in an atmosphere condusive to study and enjoyment. Classes are usually a full 3 hours, and take place in mornings, afternoons and in the evening, six days a week. There are also courses available for those wishing a more structured form of art study, and those seeking to prepare for a degree course, including a Diploma Course in Art and Design.

The school prides itself on keeping bureaucracy to a minimum, freeing students to concentrate on the practical and the hands-on. Many of the courses use London's high quality galleries and museums for study visits. And the school also boasts excellent facilities. It has a magnificent Victorian drawing studio, a well-equipped pottery, a fine art library, a cafe gallery, plus contemporary printmaking and computer design studios. Specialist courses in book illustration, ceramic sculpture, and lithography are also offered.

PSAD is very interested in hearing the views of its students. As a student here you would be formally consulted, and informally listened to, regarding the courses and services on offer.

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  • A fully equipped and spacious pottery studio with 11 wheels for throwing, with a separate glaze room, and a very large kiln capacity, including reduction firing.
  • A dedicated printroom offering a range of etching techniques as well as screenprinting. Stone lithography, a specialised and unusual print medium is also on offer.
  • Life drawing and portrait classes take place in the superb Victorian drawing studio, with floor to ceiling north facing windows.
  • A high quality exhibition area promoting and celebrating the work of students.
  • Digital Media Studio with latest Adobe Creative Suite Software.


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Within the town centre of Putney, the School is one minute's walk from Putney East Tube on the District line, and five minutes from Putney train station with trains every 8-10 minutes from Clapham Junction and Waterloo.

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Student Story

Catalina Christensen - Experimental Media

'This is a fantastic course with a teacher who has inspired me greatly while leaving me to spread my wings in so many different directions that it has resulted in the development of great work and growing confidence. What started as a hobby is now developing into a career. It has given me the confidence to exhibit my work and I now share a studio with three other artists.

I am becoming more passionate about the work everyday and look forward to my weekly class, which I will not miss unless it is a matter of life and death. The students are from very different walks of life and everybody is very open to discussing what they are doing, sharing their new experiments with different techniques. I can highly recommend this course and
Putney School of Art in general to anybody who is interested in art and would like to broaden their horizon in a place with a great atmosphere, highly motivated teachers as well as very committed students.'

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Contact details

Putney School of Art
Oxford Road
SW15 2LQ

Tel: +44 (0)20 8788 9145