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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 seven 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?

SOUCE 2014

Sessions took place between 8 February and 22 February 2014.

New to Source was the Student Art Portfolio Review Day on Friday 21 February with guest artist James Willis who reviewed student’s portfolios and offered positive feedback and development ideas.


Focus Saturdays will include

  • Printing
  • Drawing
  • 3D

Plus the University of Cambridge Museums are offering their inspiring collections for GCSE, AS/A Level and BTEC students taking part in this research week. As self-led learners you are welcome to explore and research your exam theme in these fascinating collections. As in previous years, students register at The Fitzwilliam Museum Studio at 10am but then are invited to research and sketch at:

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Polar Museum, Kettle's Yard, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, The Whipple Museum 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.

FREE. Drop-in: no booking required. Refreshments available. Dates will be released in January 2015.

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