Saturday, 21 November 2020

 Hi everyone!

I hope you are all doing okay.

Just a reminder about the launch for "Hell or Highwater" that happened yesterday. You can view the exhibition online by going here:

There's a lovely film of the artworks and performances, as well as activities. For example you can print a zine by Rachael House, and learn how to make a paper boat with Janet Currier.

Here's one of the sailor monoprints that I made for the show:

This December sees the next 10 week run of my Exploring Creativity zoom course. 
Every Tuesday morning from 10am - 1pm we take a look at an artist and find out about their life and work. We have a discussion, and then make work to a theme inspired by the artist. The cost is pay what you can, maximum £20 per class, minimum £5 per class, and you can attend all 10 weeks or just one, or anything in between!

For more info or to join please ping me an email with "Exploring Creativity Course" in the subject line.

Here's what I have planned for the Winter Run:

Tuesdays 10am -1pm on Zoom.

1. 1st Dec. William Morris -
Floral patterns in pen, ink and watercolour

2. 8th Dec. The Pre Raphaelites -
Luminous colour, flat and detailed brushwork in acrylic

3. 15th Dec. Bonnard-
Impressionist techniques in oil paint

4. 22nd Dec. Felix Nussbaum -
German surrealism and the Holocaust

5. 29th Dec. Monet -
French impressionism and nature

6. 5th Jan. Manet -
Realism VS Impressionism

7. 12th Jan. Martha Jungwirth -
Mixed media expressive abstraction

8. 19th Jan. Leger -
Figurative cubism

9. 26th Jan. Renoir -
Impressionist figuration. We will have a life model this week, please be prepared to pay an extra £5 towards the session

10. 2nd Feb. Claude Lorraine -
Romantic landscape painting

Also in December I'm running another all day life drawing class online. Streamed live from the classroom at Adult Learning Lewisham you'll get the chance to work all day on a variety of short and long poses, working up to a very long pose after lunch. 
The cost is £35 full price, £21.50 concessions. For more info and to book please go here: 

I'm delighted to be taking part in Camberwell Arts Open Studios online event. It takes place from November 28th - December 6th, more information can be found here:

Finally, I've set up a page where you can support my work by "buying me a coffee". To find out more, and maybe buy me a coffee, just click the link here:

That's all for now folks, stay warm and well and have a lovely winter season!

With love and best wishes Joanna

Joanna McCormick, artist.

Monday, 16 November 2020

 I'm running some free creative activities on zoom on Tuesday afternoons 2-3pm, for Union Chapel's Culture Cafe.

Starting tomorrow with drawing autumn leaves. You'll need pencils, paper and a rubber. And watercolour paints if you have them, but don't worry if you haven't.

No need to book, simply follow this zoom link at 2pm tomorrow to join:

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 867 1943 8724
Passcode: 790796

It's a recurring link, live until the last class on December 8th.


I'm very excited to have been invited by curator Caroline Gregory to take part in this nautical adventure, with a medley of amazing artists: 

Rachel House, Janet Currier, Sarah Doyle, Rosalind Faram, Tracey Francis, Mikey Georgeson, Julia Maddison, Sarah Sparkes and Monika Tobel.

I've made a new soundscape, live art interaction, monoprints and a film. You can listen to the soundscape on Soundcloud by following this link:

The monoprints are for sale - please email me at: for details.

The show is launching online this Friday November 20th, at noon, to find out more and view the wonderful content go to LV21's website here:

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Dear everyone, 

I hope you are all doing well during these increasingly challenging times. 

I'm very delighted to be exhibiting for "Hell or Highwater" curated by Caroloine Gregory. Due to take place on LV21, a ship that's also an art centre moored at Gravesend, the exhibition has had to move online, and will be taking place over the internet on Nov. 20th - 22nd. 
More details to follow, meanwhile, here's the flyer and link to the LV21 website:
This Saturday I'll be teaching life drawing online from 10am - 3.30pm. We have model Steve, and the cost is £35 full price for the day, £21.50 concessions. To enrol please go here: 

The last class of my 10 week Autumn run for Exploring Creativity will take place this Tuesday morning via zoom. We will be exploring alla prima oil painting, focussing on artist Robert Henri. The cost is pay what you can, £20 full price, £5 minimum. We'll be having a two week break, with another 10 week run starting on December 1st. Please email me at if you're interested in joining or would like more information. 

My work for Union Chapel continues, and we will be moving online on Tuesday afternoons during this period of lockdown, The sessions will last one hour, and are free. I'll be sending out more details and a timetable on Monday evening. 

 With love and best wishes - Joanna

Sunday, 6 September 2020

 Hi everyone!

Now Autumn is creeping up upon us, I'd like to share some creative zoom classes that will help keep you cosy.

From this week, I'll be running the Autumn term of my private independent class Exploring Creativity, on Tuesdays 10am - 1pm - here's the timetable:


Autumn Run 2020 on Zoom Sept 8th – Nov 10th taught by Joanna McCormick

Week 1 Sept. 8thSoraya Sharghi

Figurative florals, bright colours and use of outline

Week 2 Sept. 15th Andre Derain

Broad brushwork and Fauvism

Week 3 Sept. 22nd Jean Cooke

Unsettling domesticity and painterly techniques

Week 4 Sept. 29thKimbal Bumstead

Radical abstraction

Week 5 Oct. 6th Botticelli

Egg tempera – we will be making egg tempera paint from scratch, you will 

need powder pigment and egg yolks

Week 6 Oct. 13thLouise Borgeouis

Sculpture and installation

Week 7 Oct 20thEl Greco

The Spanish Renaissance

Week 8 Oct. 27th Jean – Jacques Grandville

Nineteenth Century illustration and caricature

Week 9 Nov. 3rd Nancy Spero

Printmaking and collage

Week 10 Nov. 10thRobert Henri

Alla Prima impressionism, we will be using oil paints this week

Wave Cafe's Art Club on Zoom starts up again with a change of time - 3pm, on Thursday afternoons. Read on for more information!

First, Exploring Creativity - we look at a different artist each week, and spend the first hour learning about them and their life, and then we have a discussion. After a short break we make practical work to a theme, inspired by that week's artist. 

The classes are informative and fun, with lots of learning and a very friendly atmosphere (albeit on Zoom!).

I'm keeping it on Zoom, and I'm keeping it as a pay what you can class, fees payable by bank transfer. The minimum price is £5 per class, and maximum price is £20 per class, or anything in between - whatever you can afford. You can attend just one class, or all 10, or any number - just let me know. You can pay in instalments, or up front. 

I'm also offering a special discount deal for those of you who are unable to attend the live sessions. 

For a flat fee of £35, you'll receive all the information on the artist each week via email - I usually send these emails out on Sunday afternoon/evening. You'll also have access to the email sharing thread, where students and I post images of the work we've made in class to share and discuss, and I'll send you a video of half an hour of the demo each week via email, which will be sent to you by Wednesday evening every week. So you can read all about the artists, share your work and see other students' work in the email thread, and make artwork by following my demo via the video, at a time that suits you.

If you're interested in joining "live", or in taking up the special discount offer, please email me as soon as possible - the first class takes place this Tuesday morning, September 8th.

WAVE CAFE - After an August break Wave returns this month! Every Thursday at 3pm. Initially on Zoom, we are hoping to get back to real life next month. Here's the schedule:

WAVE TIMETABLE September 2020

Sept. 10th – How to draw a mermaid in the water. You will need a pencil, some paper and an eraser.

Sept. 17th – Ideas for painting a pebble. You will need some pebbles, acrylic or gouache paints in different colours, a small brush and a jar of water.

Sept. 24th – Making a decorative box. You’ll need thin A4 card, a ruler, some sellotape or masking tape and coloured pencils or felt pens.

Oct. 1st – How to draw 3D shapes. You will need a pencil, some paper, an eraser and coloured pencils/felt pens.

And here's the Zoom link to join, it's a recurring link, so please keep it in a safe place to use it each week:

Topic: Wave Art Club

Time: Sep 10, 2020 03:00 PM London
        Every week on Thu,

        Sep 10, 2020 03:00 PM
        Sep 17, 2020 03:00 PM
        Sep 24, 2020 03:00 PM
        Oct 1, 2020 03:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 7020 5349
Passcode: autumn art

I hope to see you soon, stay safe and well!

Best wishes - Joanna

Sunday, 16 August 2020

 Hello everyone,

I'm very pleased to have been invited to take part in a real life exhibition!

Opening this week at 2 Girls Cafe in Peckham, the Summer Exhibition will show work by 15 local artists, in a variety of media.

I'll be showing some of my abstract watercolour collage work.

The exhibition will continue until September 20th. Viewable during cafe opening hours.

The details of the cafe are:

2 Girls Cafe, 24A Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR.
Opening Hours 10am - 4pm 7 days a week.

The exhibition dates: Friday 21st August - Sunday 20th September.

We will not have an opening as we normally would, because of Covid risk, but please do get in touch if you'd like to meet up for a socially distant coffee at the venue. Email me at to arrange.

Thursday, 13 August 2020


Hi everyone,

I'm very sorry to let you know that the Summer of Love Micro Festival has been cancelled.

With love and best wishes - Jo

Saturday, 8 August 2020

 Hello everyone,

I'm very pleased to have been invited to take part in one of a series of mini festivals in Dulwich. 

Starting last week, The Summer of Love Micro Festival at Dulwich Square is on today, August 8th, and continues every Saturday throughout August. 

The festival comprises an hour of delightful performances every Saturday at 12 noon on Dulwich Square SE21.

The events have been organised by the friends of Dulwich Square. Located at the junction of Court Lane and Carlton Avenue, SE21. 

The square was recently rescued, and transformed from a ghastly polluted junction into a gentile square. 

To celebrate this, the friends have organised the Summer of Love Micro Festival. There will be delightful live performances taking place at the square every Saturday throughout August at noon, for an hour. 

Highlights include a Ceilidh band on August 1st, a string quintet on August 8th, a Caribbean carnival costume demonstration on August 29th. 

Local artists The Dulwich Darlings, present A Dodo, The Moon and some songs, on August 22nd.

Dulwich Darlings are Calum F. Kerr, Joanna McCormick and Alice Renouf: 
Maurice The Dodo asks "Whose extinction is it anyway?" followed by a rare sighting of Moon Moon Sing Sing with her dreamlike intergalactic croons, and singer songwriter Alice Renouf, who will woo you with her reflective, melodic and delicious ditties.

The event is free, and social distancing will be observed throughout.


-- With very best wishes - Joanna