Putney School of Art & Design

History of Putney School of Art & Design:

Putney School of Art & Design was originally founded in 1883, and has been in Oxford Road, Putney since 1895. The main benefactor of the original Victorian school was Sir William Lancaster, an eminent local politician and philanthropist.

There is a superb life drawing studio on the first floor, complete with vast north-facing windows and vaulted wooden ceiling. The school has developed and gradually expanded since 1895, apart from a brief break during the war years. It now has six studios designed specifically for painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics and more recently, digital design.

The Community:

With its roots firmly in the local community, excellent transport links have helped us to attract students from all over London and beyond. We receive continued support and encouragement from The Friends of Putney School of Art and Design, an independent, registered charity.  The Friends arrange a number of activities promoting the Art School throughout the year, including master classes, exhibitions, lectures and social gatherings. We fund the library and help The Art School financially on special projects. To learn more about the Friends of Putney School of Art and the school community, visit our social site “PSAD Social” or visit the “Friends” Facebook page here.

Please visit our Social News Site at www.putneyschoolartanddesign.co.uk  for news on upcoming events and shows and to get information on our expanded Summer School offerings.


We offer art and design courses, including painting, drawing, pottery, photography, sculpture, printmaking as well as more specialised courses such as our Art and Design Diploma. There are courses for beginners, experienced students, and mixed ability sessions. We also run family learning for parent and child working together, and courses for young people aged 14-19 years old.  To find out more about our classes, visit our course descriptions page here.  To enrol visit enrolment page here.