About Putney School of Art and Design

**Please note the school will be closed between Saturday 19 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021** See more details below:


Important Update: Tuesday 5 January 2021

In response to the latest government’s COVID-19 update last night we will need to delay onsite return to the school until after February half term (15 – 19 Feb 2021).

Many of our tutors will be delivering their classes remotely for the first half term and they may have already contacted you directly.

The school building will have limited staff onsite to respond to your queries and support the teaching staff between 10am to 4.00pm, Monday to Thursday ONLY.

Currently the new provisional start date for onsite teaching in the Spring Term is Monday 22 February 2021.

The information on our website will be updated, if we receive further announcements.

On behalf of the PSAD teams, thank you all for your continued support, patience and understanding during these challenging times and we look forward to welcoming you all back to the school soon.

Best wishes as always,

Nilar Morgan – Head of Putney School of Art & Design


Important Update: Friday 1 January 2021

In response to the government’s ongoing COVID-19 updates and the recent announcement on Wednesday 30 January, we have reviewed all the information and regretfully we will need to delay onsite return to the school.

Where possible some tutors will be delivering online classes for the next few weeks, to provide continuity for their students and they will be contacting you directly.

The school will have limited support staff onsite to respond to queries and further prepare for any changes from Monday 4 January 2021 between 9.30am to 4.30pm ONLY.

Currently the provisional start date for onsite teaching in the Spring Term is Monday 18 January 2021.

We will provide further updates as soon as we can.

On behalf of the PSAD teams, thank you all for your continued support, patience and understanding during these challenging times.

Best wishes as always,

Nilar Morgan – Head of Putney School of Art & Design


Updated: Thursday 5 November 2020

Please visit our News page for full updates.

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With reference to the recent government announcement on Saturday 31 Oct 2020, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify that the school will remain open with our current measures in place.

We do understand that some of you may choose not to re-enrol for the spring term based on the new government guidelines and we will continue to develop moving to increased levels of online learning where possible.

Despite the challenges posed by the current situation, we have considered all options carefully in order to ensure that the school can continue to offer the much needed service to all our students and staff during these difficult times.

Please do contact the school if you have any further queries.

Best wishes as always on behalf of the PSAD teams.

Nilar Morgan – Head of Putney School of Art & Design


Update: Friday 31 July 2020


Here you can see some of the measures we have put in place:

  • Screen in reception area.
  • Deep and enhanced daily cleaning regime of site and equipment
  • Hand sanitising facilities throughout the building, and self-service cleaning equipment
  • Washrooms that are limited to use by only one person at a time
  • Controlling the movement of people around the building
  • Clear floor markings to help everyone maintain social distancing
  • Smaller class sizes and spacing out workstations
  • Compulsory wearing of face coverings in the building
  • Clear signage, guidance, and communication
  • Clear advice on new studio practice particularly handling materials and equipment

New Online Courses

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Our online courses are proving to be very popular, we first ran taster sessions followed by shorter 2 or 3 week courses. Through popular demand and the current situation we are now running whole term courses for our students.  See below some of the comments and pictures we have received from students:

‘I really enjoyed what you were doing, Jaco, (Botanical Illustration) and will work on curly leaves from your file. Thank you for the work put in and for the resources provided.’

‘Thank you so much for the course yesterday (Jane’s Comics & Graphic Novels Class). It was fun even though I was terrified. I now have an idea of how I could have told my story and I shall panic less if I have to draw a character in different positions. I’m doing Sophie’s illustration course this afternoon.. looking forward to that.’ ‘Really enjoyed the session yesterday. Has really got me thinking. I was inspired not only by your diary comics, but all the other participants too. Thank you.’

‘Thanks for the lesson Sarah, really enjoyed it.’ (Sarah’s Expressive Drawing) ‘Thanks for the class this morning – I really enjoyed it and found it very useful!’ ‘Thanks so much for today’s class it was wonderful to relax and have fun with mixed medias’. ‘Thank you Sarah for today’s class I really, really enjoyed it….Fabulous class…I will try and book on another.’ ‘Thank you so much, Sarah – I really enjoyed the class. I’m still tinkering with my self-portrait – it’s getting darker (character-wise) by the minute! It’s interesting, too, how well the class worked on Zoom. As you said, it could well be the future for many PSAD students now. All the best’.

‘Thanks so much for today, (Sophie’s Painting & Drawing Online Course) I thoroughly enjoyed it.’ ‘I’m enjoying the course very much and have done some outside the lesson so as to practice more.’ ‘Thanks so much for the lovely class this morning. I really enjoyed it.’


Putney School of Art and Design offers 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 14-17 years.



The school has 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.

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.

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History of Putney School of Art and Design

Putney School of Art and 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.


Putney School of Art and Design is brought to you by Wandsworth Council and delivered in partnership with Enable Leisure and Culture.