About Putney School of Art and Design

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Putney School of Art & Design





Update: Friday 31st July 2020


We have missed you. However, we have been busy working hard to ensure that when we re-open the doors, it is safe to do so. We need everyone to take a collective responsibility to keep to the new arrangements in order to ensure our students, visitors and staff teams are safe. Therefore we are going to need your help in following our guidelines below:

Our priority is to ensure that our teams and our students’ safety is at the forefront of our operation. It is also important to us that we deliver a welcoming teaching experience for all our students.

We have carefully placed our furniture to adhere to social distancing measures, we have deep cleaned the building and studios, clearly marked workstations / signage and cleaning, provided additional hand sanitiser units and cleaning products is available around the school.

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
  • Staggering class times, where appropriate

Summer School courses are now up on PSAD website and you can enrol now! 


We are very much looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you on site again from August.

Best wishes on behalf of the PSAD teams.

Nilar Morgan – Head of Putney School of Art & Design

 Click here for further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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.