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“I enjoy coming to this event because the help and the resources of the museum are endless! The paintings help develop your art and enable you to think further, plus it is really peaceful so you can concentrate.”

GCSE student who attended SOURCE 2014

For the last eight years The Fitzwilliam Museum has offered SOURCE over and beyond the Spring half-term, supporting GCSE, AS/A Level and BTEC Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams.

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. To do this we offer starting points, gallery tours and advice on how to make the most of our on-line 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 the media of 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?


Saturday 13, 20 and 27, plus 16 - 19 February

Download poster for Source 2016:

Front - Back

Download posters for the Source Launch event, 30 January 2016:

Launch event - Reserve the date

Focus Saturdays will include

  • Printing
  • Drawing and painting

Plus Friday 19 February, Your Portfolio Review day led by Anglia Ruskin Art Lecturers and artists working with you in the collections at the University of Cambridge Museums:

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Polar Museum, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, The Whipple Museum The Botanic Garden and The Museum of Classical Archaeology.

Students are welcome to return to the Fitzwilliam Museum to continue with their research and ideas in the Museum studio with Artists and Educators on designated days.

FREE. Drop-in: no booking required. Refreshments available. Dates for specific events will be released in January 2016.

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

"He really loved the printmaking event in February, it was a great starting point for his multidisciplinary final piece as he went on to create digital art work based on Dutch flower paintings in the Fitzwilliam and photographs and sketches he did at the Botanical Gardens. He got his results today - merit, merit, merit, which is a fantastic achievement for him. I am sure the support he received at Source really contributed to his result. Thank you for all you do, the students who live in this part of the country are incredibly lucky to have such a resource."

Comment from Parent of a Long Road Sixth Form College Student