Saturday 8 December 2018


Tomorrow (Sunday 9th December) you can find me at The Union Chapel Christmas Market, from 1-6pm. I'll be running a willow weaving workshop, helping you to make small circle decorations for your tree. The workshop's free, and part of their Winter Warmers Week. There'll be an art market, mulled wine and of course Santa will be there! Other artists involved are Rubbish Artist, Giulia Zaniol and Dick Graham. More info here:

Monday Dec. 10th is the last Nudey Nan life drawing session round Little Nan's in Deptford, before the Christmas break. We'll be back again after that on January 7th 2019! Join us for a lovely, cosy, relaxed and enchanted life drawing session in Granddad's Shed - SE8 4BX.

On Thursday evening I'll have a small table selling a selection of art pieces at Wave Cafe's end of term celebration, in Muswell Hill. Come along and join the fun!

More info here:

Five Alive! fourth Sundays - book your place for Five Alive! Or book a unique Christmas gift for the life drawing enthusiast in your life - the life drawing session with a difference. On the fourth Sundays in January, March, April and July I'll be running this relaxed and fun life drawing session upstairs in the bar at Union Chapel - 6-9pm.

With five models, yoga and acrobatics, feats of strength, lots of short poses and a multi model long pose, if you enjoy life drawing, or are eager to get started, book your place now by following this link:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!Toodlepip - with love and best wishes - Joanna

Saturday 20 October 2018


Get ahead of the Xmas rush and pop down to Granddad’s Shed at Little
Nan’s Bar in Deptford on Saturday November 17th from 11am to 3pm,
where artist Joanna McCormick will be hosting the most sumptuos and
fabulous festive arty treat.

At The Crafty Christmas Arty ART FAIR you’ll find cards and ceramics, Christmas fishes, jewels and jackets, paintings and pants, sculpture and scarves, horses, unicorns, hot mulled cider and MORE!!!

There’ll be delicious food available, a fully stocked bar, with Little Nan’s famous cocktails in tea pots on offer and and their Pigs in Blankets, which are YUM!!!

Come along and grab yourself a super original bespoke and hand made Christmas bargain.

Meet some of the most original and innovative contemporary fine artists and craftspeople that South East London has to offer.


13 amazing artists taking part:


I create unique Steampunk inspired jewellery and accessories, each piece is handmade by me using genuine watch & clock parts, vintage lace, and broken vintage and costume jewellery. Given the nature of my materials no two pieces are ever the same! 


Limited edition one off clay artworks, souvenirs of the ‘sea’. Each object came from the earth and was shaped with the intuition that comes from remaining in a state of openess. This is porcelain, crank, terracota, earthenware and red grog clay.


The Unicorn trail was an art display that has been shown in various venues, unicorns and riders scattered about the area for explorers to track down. It has always been a popular piece & the creator D J Elliott has also used the unicorns in a poem film that can be seen on her youtube channel:


Dick will be selling a range of small framed drawings, watercolours and monoprints, as well as hand printed linocut cards, including his anti-Tory Santa and Snowman.


Artist/ Author/ Veteran.  My practise involves making an attempt to clean up the environment whilst making art. By recycling nitrous oxide canisters I make sculptures and wearable art. The canisters serve more than one purpose, therefore becoming high art.


I am a painter, in oils and watercolours, a sculptor in cardboard and plaster and junk, and a sometimes singing live artist delivering a variety of performance pieces including "Vox Wonder, Voice Activated Drawing Machine", "Sweetalking" and "Moon Moon Sing Sing". At Little Nan’s I will be selling miniature mushroom sculptures, Peace Pops, Art Scarves and Christmas Fish.


I make things out of paper and fragments; bits of cloth, flotsam and jetsam. These things often have a message; sometimes it is loud and anarchic, sometimes a whisper. I will be selling handmade prints and embroidered pants; pants as art and art as pants.


KED takes unloved and discarded ceramic figurines and remakes them into joyfully quirky, queer, unique character ceramic pieces. From clown drag queens to regal dog princesses and child like elders, her broken ceramic pieces are full of personality. Love ’em or hate ’em they are truly unique talking pieces.


These small paintings are A6 in size. I had an exhibition of paintings of A1 size and wondered whether I could create smaller images and landscapes that could hold the gaze.


I will be selling beautiful riso zines, medals for deserving trouble makers, intersectional feminist cups, ceramic badges, radical name tapes  and more rabble rousing goods to give us strength and buoy us up in difficult times.


With her desire to get to the bottom of real creativity and remove art from its conventional and confined realm, Rubbish Artist was inspired to begin experimenting with materials which would normally be considered to be “rubbish” and discarded by society. She transforms these items into enriching art objects that highlight society’s wastefulness.


The Skip Sisters are a collective of artist friends based in South London who have have been upcycling for a decade. They create one-off covetable objects from humble sources.  Their work is notorious for its sense of fun. Jewellery, dioramas, and textiles will be exhibited.


I am a ceramicist, specialising in hand-built animals, mainly horses. I don't like to make anything too realistic, instead I aim to make characters that will hopefully raise a smile.

Event: Crafty Christmas Arty Art Fair 

Date and times: Saturday November 17th 11am - 3pm 

Venue: Granddad's Shed at Little Nan's Bar, Arch 15 

           Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4NX

Participating artists: Cotton and Cogs (Victoria Morris), 

Caroline Gregory, Debbie Elliot, Dick Graham, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick,

Joanna McCormick, Julia Maddison, Karen Doyle, Mario Jerome,

Rachael House, Rubbish Artist, Skip Sisters, Varla de Milo.

Thursday 18 October 2018

CRAFTY CHRISTMAS ARTY ART FAIR presented by Joanna McCormick
Get ahead of the Xmas rush and pop down to 

Granddad’s Shed at Little Nan’s Bar in Deptford

where I’ll be hosting the most sumptuous and 

fabulous, festive arty treat. 

At The Crafty Christmas Arty Art Fair you’ll find cards and ceramics, jewels and jackets, paintings and pants, sculptures and scarves, mulled wine and MORE!!!

Come along and grab yourself a super original bespoke and hand made Christmas bargain.

Meet and mingle with some of the most original and innovative contemporary fine artists and craftspeople that South East London has to offer.

It's on for one day only! Saturday November 17th, 11am - 3pm, so don't miss out! Reach out and catch your chance with both hands.
At Granddad's Shed, Little Nan's Bar, Arch 15 Deptford Market Yard, SE8 4BX.

Monday 1 October 2018

Hello everyone,

Don't forget Life Drawing TONIGHT at Little Nan's in Deptford!
This is a very relaxing, informal class, with music and drinks available for purchase from the bar.

Happy October!

This weekend I was taking part in the Nunhead Art Trail, and I painted some of the windows in local shops in the lead up to the weekend:

It was a fabulous event, many thanks to those of you who popped in.

At The Culture Cafe every Wednesday from 11am - 2pm from now until Christmas, over at Union Chapel in Islington, we'll be doing willow weaving.
Join me for a relaxed and fun time every Wednesday in the wonderful, serene surroundings of the chapel. All free. More info here:

Want to learn to draw in 3 days? Sign up for my crash course in the art of drawing. Starting this Friday and running every Friday for three weeks, 10am - 4pm. The venue is MYO at Peckham Levels:

Enrol now by following this link:

You can also enrol for my Still Life Artists course, running on Tuesday mornings, 10am - 1pm, also at MYO. This course will start on  October 16th:

This coming weekend is Frieze! And I'm super excited and pleased to be taking part in PROTOCOL, curated by Vanya Balogh. On Friday I'll be doing a mini live art interaction, on the theme of Peace.

On October 19th come to the opening party for The Ghost Tide, curated by Sarah Sparkes and Monika Bobinska. Image below - information attached.

On November 3rd I will be delivering the live art interaction 

at the exhibition's Day of the Dead closing party,
between 2 and 5pm.

I hope to see you somewhere soon!

With love and best wishes - Joanna

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Hello everyone,

Tomorrow and every Wednesday morning for the next several weeks, from 11am - 1pm, at Union Chapel in Islington, I'll be running a willow weaving workshop for Open Wednesday's Culture Cafe. Come and join us making weird and wonderful shapes and surprises, for display at the Carols by Candlelight concert in December.
More information can be found here:

On Thursday evening, from 7.30 - 9.30pm, I'll be running an art workshop exploring abstraction at one of the Wave Cafe's fun, exciting, inclusive and unique creative sessions in North London.
Join me for some imaginative, vibrant and expressive fun.
To find out more and book a session go here:

On Monday, September 17th, it's the first in a series of 6 freestyle life drawing sessions at Little Nan's in Deptford. Little Nan's is a wonderful bar, where they serve cocktails in teapots and an array of other fine beverages. The sessions are free, easy and relaxed, with poses set to music and the bar open throughout.
It's all happening in the luxurious tropical paradise that is Granddad's Shed, Arches 13-15, Deptford Market Yard, SE8 4BX. The cost is £10 per session, first come first served, so arrive early for a prompt start!

And for a very different kind of Life Drawing experience, come to Union Chapel on September 23rd, where I'll be delivering Five Alive, Drawing Stories. A life drawing class with a difference! Join me and storyteller Giles Abbot for a unique three hour life drawing class upstairs in the Bar at Union Chapel.

With three 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.

This promises to be a unique, theatrical and very dramatic life drawing session. Giles Abbott – UK’s only blind professional storyteller, is well known for his strong voice, language and stage presence. Giles is also a voice teacher and poet.
I'll be giving hints and tips on how to capture movement, emotion and drama in a figure drawing.

We will have 3 models acting to Giles’s story, and holding the poses to music for you to draw at intervals throughout the night, with regular breaks for refreshment from the bar.
With a series of short poses working up to a long pose, free art materials and drinks available for purchase from the bar throughout the night, this is sure to be a very interesting, engaging and magical evening.

Bring your own drawing board or use our tables. All levels of ability are welcome, so if you’re a fresh young amateur or a life drawing regular master, come along to drink and draw!
Suitable for over 18s only.

Go here to book tickets:

And finally, on the last weekend in September between 11am and 6pm, come and find some amazing, unique, weird, wonderful and delightful work on the Nunhead Art Trail. For more information go here:

My paintings "Self Portrait with Foliage" and "About Peckham Number 1, with Lanternier"  are already on display at
Beaumonts Greengrocers, 121 Evelina Road, SE15 3HB, along with some lovely pastel paintings by artist Dick Graham.

I hope to see you soon, with love and best wishes, toodlepip! - Joanna

Friday 7 September 2018


If you are free tonight - Friday September 7th - please do pop along to KI Europe, where I'll be collecting my painting "Croc Monsieur". You'll be able to view the exhibition "Animalia" curated by Tiziana Maggio, which finishes today. I'll be there at 5.30pm for an hour or two, so please do come and say hello.

Empire II, curated by artist Vanya Balogh, is currently part of Coastal Currents festival in Hastings. See my film "Singing Ghost" on the showreel. Screenings this weekend! Hastings is really lovely, and the weather forecast is excellent.

On Saturday you can find me at Bermondsey Folk Festival, where artist, poet, comedian and musician Frog Morris and I will be on hand to help you make some flowery folk costumes:
And this Monday - September 10th - come along to Deptford's most fun LIFE DRAWING class ever! At the wonderful Little Nan's Bar in Deptford Arches, where they serve cocktails in teapots and an array of other fine beverages, I will be presenting "Nudey Nan" in the tropical paradise that is Granddad's Shed, with Hawaiian music and plenty of breaks to recharge your tea cups. 7-9pm. First come first served. £10 cash or card on the door. Bring your own art materials and please arrive early - doors close at 7pm for a prompt start.


That's it for now - keep your eyes peeled for more info about exciting happenings next week and beyond, coming soon!

With love and best wishes - Joanna

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​