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A free drop-in programme of informal studio and gallery art practice

Saturdays 11, 18, 25 February & Half-Term Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 February 2017

For the last nine years the Fitzwilliam Museum has offered SOURCE during the Spring term, supporting GCSE, AS/A Level and BTEC Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams.

‘I was interested to come in order to experiment more with drawing/recording in the galleries. Such helpful advice on how to approach this – I really enjoyed some relaxed sketching! Very useful research.’

‘Really useful – great for getting sheets done for GCSE coursework. Really lovely people and good materials.’

Based in the informal atmosphere of the Fitzwilliam studio, the Museum Education team and freelance artists offer one-to-one advice to students. We can help students to research their exam theme by giving access to the wealth of ideas and inspiration in the work of other artists. We offer starting points, gallery tours and advice on how to make the most of our online resources.

In addition, the artists and art materials in the studio are available, and not least the space – both mental and physical – to work, which is not always so easy to find at home. Artistic support is available in drawing, painting and printmaking each day, and also encouragement to draw from observation in the galleries.

SOURCE has been shown to help students meet the Assessment Objectives set out in each exam paper, and to improve their grade. Why not try it?

‘The Source events at the Fitzwilliam are a great annual opportunity for art students to enrich their projects through engaging with this world class collection in a focussed way. There can be no better way to connect with art and design than through young people seeking ideas and inspiration from the wealth of treasures at the Fitz. These creative and imaginative opportunities also have great potential to stay with students well into the future!’
Head of Art and Design, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge

SOURCE is free to attend. Drop-in, no booking required. Refreshments available.

For further information, please contact Sarah Blake on 01223 761678 or

Sarah Blake, Education Officer, Fitzwilliam Museum

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