a brief history

Please note our telephone number has changed to 0203 959 0110 and our email is now psad@enablelc.org 

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.

The School has a superb life drawing studio on the first floor, complete with vast north-facing windows and vaulted wooden ceilingPSAD-external-image. 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.

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.

Term Dates

Autumn 2017
 Monday 18 September – Saturday 16 December 2017
Half term Monday 23 October – Sunday 29 October

Spring 2018
Friday 5 January – Thursday 29 March 2018
Half term Monday 12 February – Sunday 18 February

Summer 2018
Monday 16 April – Saturday 14 July 2018
Half term Monday 28 May – Sunday 3 June

Enable Putney School of Art and Design, managing arts programmes on behalf of Wandsworth Council