Monday, 30 July 2018

Booking is now open for my next Five Alive life drawing session at Union Chapel bar!

It will take place on Sunday September 23rd, from 6 til 9pm.

It's going to be a bit different this time - with storyteller Giles Abbott and two models acting to the dramatic unfolding of a fantastic, eerie and sensational story. With pauses to music throughout, for you to draw different poses, working up to a long pose.
I hope to see you there!

Friday, 6 July 2018


We need your help! This Saturday afternoon, July 7th, from midday until 4pm, come and find me in Chinbrook Meadows. I will be working with Rubbish Artist as Trash Twins, building a giant dog out of recycling and papier mache. Join in the fun at the park!

Here's a map to help you find your way. We will be near the cafe:

The dog will lead the parade for the Grove Park Carnival, taking place 2 weeks later on Sunday July 22nd.

It will become a "Graffitti Dog" for you to decorate with paint, pens and stickers throughout the day. More details here:


This month I'm running two summer courses at Thomas Calton Centre, the friendly local community college in Peckham:

ART EXTRAVAGANZA Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th of July, 10am - 4.30pm. Cost £60 standard, £30 concessions.

This course features 3 days of fun packed art excitement, including a full day of life drawing on day two.

It runs from 10am until 4.30pm on Monday the 16th, Tuesday the 17th and Thursday the 19th of July.

Day one: Drawing techniques - Pencil, charcoal and pastel.

Day two: Figure drawing - Gestural poses and measuring techniques, working up to a long pose. Model Lizzie.

Day three: Abstraction - Abstract expressionism and acrylic paint.

It takes place at Southwark's friendly community college, in room 20. The room is large, light and airy, with easels, donkeys and plenty of drawing boards.

You need to bring your own art materials, but I have spares for you to borrow if necessary.

Places are limited, so please book and pay as soon as possible to secure your spot!

Or visit the Thomas Calton Cantre on Choumert Road, Peckham SE15 4NX -  Opening hours are from 9.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday

Nearest station: Peckham Rye. Buses: P12, P13, 12, 37, 63, 78, 197, 343 and 363.

Telephone 0207 358 2100

And on Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th of July from 10am until 4.30pm I'll be teaching Watercolour:

Day one: Stretching paper, washes, backruns and cauliflowers, colour.

Day two: Masking out, blocking in, wax resist, using salt.

Day three: Still life and landscape.

I hope to see you there!


Also, throughout July, I'll be at Union Chapel every Wednesday from 11am - 2pm helping you to make mushrooms out of papier mache. These will form part of the Mushroom Mystery installation in and around the chapel in the coming weeks. More information here:

And here is a picture of me as Kiss Me Quick, offering bespoke cocktail inspired love potions and a poetry lucky dip at The Chutney Spa. The photo was taken by artist Sarah Sparkes who curated The Chutney Preserves Chutney Spa for the launch of Camberwell Arts Week last month:
And another one taken by artist Rachael House, who ordered Kiss Me Quick's Dark Pep:

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Hello everyone,

More surprises for June!

Today (Sunday June 10th) come and find me at the Union Chapel Summer Fete, and help me make some suffragette themed rosettes, sashes and placards for you to wear and carry, to celebrate the centenary anniversary of women being given the vote.

Also, your chance to pick a flower for 20p:

Next Saturday - June 16th - Come and celebrate the launch of Camberwell Arts Week, Chutney style! Curated by Sarah Sparkes.

From midday on Camberwell Green I will be manifesting as Kiss Me Quick, offering bespoke and curative love potions and a poetry lucky dip. Find a rich cornucopia of arty wonders and peculiar offerings from a smorgasboard of Chutney creatives.

And next week you can see my short film "Singing Ghost" and my still from the imaginary film "The Dark Lights" at Empire II, curated by Vanya Balogh, which is travelling to Estonia, for Tallin Art Week:


​Also next week on Wednesday between 11am and 2pm, I will be making mushrooms out of papier mache to decorate the nooks and crannies of Union Chapel, at the Culture Cafe. Sessions are free and all materials are provided. The Margins Cafe will be open for lunch, serving delicious food at very reasonable prices. Do come along and join in!

With love and best wishes - Joanna​

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Hello everyone,

This month is jam packed with exciting arty experiences.

First up, treat yourself to some life drawing!

I'm teaching Marathon Life Drawing next Saturday 9th June, at Thomas Calton Centre in Peckham, SE15. The course takes place over two consecutive Saturdays, 10am - 4.30pm, and I share it with my colleague Rebecca Allen, who will be teaching on Saturday 16th - so it's a great chance to experience a variety of teaching styles.

For more information and to book a place, go here:

And then on  Sunday June 17th at 6.30pm it's time for the third Five Alive! in the bar at Union Chapel, Islington N1

The class lasts for three hours, with five models, music, and drinks available from the bar throughout the night. Free art materials are provided. The theme for the middle pose this time is disco, and there will be one to one tutoring from me during the multi model long pose.

For more information and to book a place go here:

More info to follow later, on the other exciting events in June.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Hello everyone,

My picture's in the paper!

The little oil painting About Peckham, with Lanternier, is the first in a series of 12" square paintings inspired from photos taken in and around Peckham, SE15.

I hope that you can make it along to the BAG exhibition Outpost at Shortwave Cafe in Bermondsey, where it's being shown along with all sorts of delightful and interesting works by a myriad of artists.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

I'm saying goodbye to my studio space in SE15, and on Sunday May 20th, from midday to 5ish, I'm having a farewell art sale.
Come along and grab an art bargain, name your price! Plenty of unique, rich and varied works presented for your delight. Including oil paintings, watercolours and drawings, miniature Cake Smash sculpture fragments, pin cushions, bits of installation, mushrooms and inedible Vox Chocs.

Email me to book a slot:

Friday, 27 April 2018

Hello everyone!

April has been a busy month for me...

At the end of March I put the finishing touches to the Easter Candle sculpture for Union Chapel. I addressed the congregation on Easter Sunday, to talk about how the sculpture was made, and the different meanings behind the felt symbols that I'd embroidered onto the cloth. The eggs were blown and decorated at the Open Wednesday art sessions at the chapel, and I included symbols of flowers, birds and rabbits for spring, as well as the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar, amongst the traditional symbols of the Easter Candle - the cross, alpha and omega, five grains of incense and the year - 2018. Many thanks to Vaughan and Karen at Union Chapel for making this happen, and their ongoing help and support.

I'm very happy to tell you that the art drop ins on Wednesdays at Union Chapel now take place every week, with the launch of The Culture Cafe. Come and discover magical music, fabulous food and art activities, in wonderful surroundings every Wednesday between 11am and 2pm.

Union Chapel is on Compton Terrace in Islington, London, N1 2UN. Art activities are free, with materials provided. I hope to see you there soon!

For the next few weeks we will be exploring spring, making craft flowers out of paper. These will be displayed at the summer fete in Compton Gardens on Sunday 10th of June, midday - 4pm.

And on Sunday May 20th I'm having a pay what you like studio sale. Come and grab a bargain!  Send an email to for more information.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

I'm super pleased and excited that my painting "Croc Monsieur" was selected for the Animalia exhbition at KI Europe. More details soon!

Meanwhile, here's a detail of the painting:

Monday, 12 March 2018

Hello everyone,

I hope you are doing well and have survived the arctic conditions, moving swiftly into spring!

I'm delighted to be running a new free course at Besson Street Community Garden for the Telegraph Hill Festival and NXG Trust.

If you haven't been to Besson Street, it's a lovely space in New Cross Gate, a little oasis of calm in our dear city, and well worth a visit. For more information on Besson Street Community Garden go here:

Taking the garden as inspiration we will explore artists who have been inspired by nature and gardens, such as, Monet, Matisse and Maria Sybilla Merian. There will be demonstrations and practical exercises.

Inspired by these artists, we will work in the garden, using creativity, abstraction and poetry as inspiration to create unique works.

Materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring along materials that they enjoy working with if they wish.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Happy new year to you for 2018!

There are places still available on my Still Life Artists course starting this Tuesday, January 9th.

The course runs for 10 weeks every Tuesday morning, from 10am - 1pm.

We will be looking at a different still life artist each week, and then working from an arrangement inspired by their work. Starting with Patrick Caulfield on Tuesday, there will be lots of interesting artists to explore, and plenty of practical help and advice for developing your artistic style.

Phone 0207 639 6818 to reserve your place, or:

Call in to enrol on Tuesday morning at the Thomas Calton Centre, Choumert Road, Peckham SE15 4NX. It's £120 for the 10 weeks, £60 concessions.

And on Wednesday this week - Jan 10th - I will be exploring the history of candle making and how to make candles, at the Open Wednesday art drop in at Union Chapel. The chapel is in Islington, on Compton Terrace, N1 2UN, very near to Highbury and Islington station.

Pop in, between 11am and 1pm, to make your own candle to light up January and bring good cheer for the new year! We'll be making candles form scratch, including the wicks, using all natural materials -  beeswax, herbs, rose petals, and essential oils. It's free, and all materials are provided.

​Also at Union Chapel, I'll be running a unique five model life drawing class on Sunday March 4th, 6 - 9pm. Tickets are now available, and cost £20, follow this link for more information or to book:

On February 18th, I will be collaborating with artist Caroline Gregory, as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Soho​. Save the date! More info to follow nearer the time.

With love and best wishes - Joanna