Friday 25 December 2020

 Hi everyone, I'm wishing you all the best for a happy holiday and a nice restful break.

Thank you so much for those of you who've supported my art practice or attended my classes this year, I really appreciate it!

Looking forward to seeing you in what I hope will be brighter and happier times in 2021.

Here's a link to the video about Santa that I wrote the script for. I hope you enjoy it:

With love and best wishes - Joanna

Monday 7 December 2020

 Dear everyone,

I hope you're keeping nice and cosy in the cold!

I've teamed up with artists Anna Kompaniets and Liz Cooke for an Xmas Art Pop Up open studios, in association with Camberwell Arts.

We'll be opening the door to 6A Wilson Road SE5 8PB, in Camberwell, every weekend before Christmas, from midday to 4pm.

Come and explore our wondrous grotto of delights, with amazing gift ideas for Xmas and all year round!

We are Covid secure, with hand sanitisers and a one way system. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

This Saturday - Dec. 12th - I'll be offering a watercolour demo at 1pm, and on Sunday 13th I'll be offering socially distant monoprinting micro classes, both free, throughout the day.

Reply to this email to secure a spot. 

Tomorrow, Tuesday December 8th, will be the last Culture Cafe session online, and we'll be hosting a sing along! Come and join us on Zoom from 2 - 3pm. There may be carols!

Here's the link to join:

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 867 1943 8724
Passcode: 790796

After that we'll be back in person upstairs in the bar at Union Chapel, Islington. Every Wednesday from 11am - 12.30pm. Starting next week - December 16th.

Join us for creative activities centred around drawing, and/or a socially distant chat, cup of tea or coffee. All for free.

For more information go here:

Finally, I was very happy to take part in Camberwell Arts Festival last weekend. For a sneaky peek into my studio please go to the you tube video here:

I hope you're all keeping well, and look forward to seeing some of you soon.

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

Tuesday 14 July 2020

Hello everyone,

I hope you continue to be safe and well and that you can join me tomorrow at 11am for drawing landscapes, trees and water. 
You'll need a pencil and some paper. 
The session is free and lasts an hour. Here's the link to join: 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 4418 7788
Password: 196418

And at Wave on Thursday 2pm, we'll be doing still life fruits:

Topic: Wave Art Club
Time: May 21, 2020 02:00 PM London
        Every week on Thu, until Sep 24, 2020, 19 occurrence(s)
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Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 815 0740 9218
Password: ART

If you fancy purchasing art at affordable prices then head over to artists support pledge on instagram, where you'll find some of my work amongst thousands of others, available for sale. For example my watercolour "Dragonfly with Poppy" pictured here:

More info can be found on the artist support pledge page:

Here's my instagram page for more of my work:

Artist support pledge was set up by artist Matthew Burrows, as a celebration of generosity, and the diversity of artistic talent that exists on social media.
Artist Support Pledge helps artists to support each other, allows art lovers to purchase unique works of art commission free, and start a collection. 
Each time an artist reaches £1,000 worth of sales, they will buy work from another artist to the value of £200.

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Dear everyone,

I hope you're all doing okay and enjoying midsummer, despite the continuing uncertainty!

My work with Union Chapel Church on Wednesday mornings, and Wave Cafe on Thursday afternoons, continues. 

The sessions are free, and last an hour. 

This week, it's expressive portraits, and how to draw emotions! Please do pop in! 

Here are the new timetables for summer:

Here are the Zoom links:
Union chapel Weds 11am :  
Jul 1, 2020 10:30 AM
Jul 8, 2020 10:30 AM
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 5411 5288
Password: 094449

Wave Cafe Art Club Thurs 2pm:  
        Jul 2, 2020 02:00 PM
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        Sep 24, 2020 02:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 815 0740 9218
Password: ART

To find out more about the fantastic work that Wave do, please visit their website by going here:

In other news, you can see the artwork that I created in collaboration with artist Dick Graham, for Meet Me at The Albany, in association with Entelechy Arts, by visiting the online archive here:

We documented part of the Meet Me at Lewisham Homes project by producing a series of large scale watercolour paintings, with portraits. 

Dick's illustrations also formed part of Linden Katherine McMahon's book "YOUR RABBIT IS MENACING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD".

 Press Release

We are delighted to share Meet Me at Lewisham Homes. A 3-year project (2017–2020) led by the Albany and Entelechy Arts in partnership with Lewisham Homes, supported by the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England’s National Celebrating Age programme.

Artist teams have worked alongside older residents at 14 Lewisham Homes Independent Living schemes, developing a total of twelve sustained projects and many more drop in sessions with over 100 participants.

Artists also collaborated to evaluate and document each project in unique ways. 

And last but not least, my friend and colleague Caz Underwood is running a unique ink course:

Drawing from nature - ink seascapes with Caroline Underwood
2 Tuesday afternoons 1:30-3pm on 14/07 and 21/07
Advance booking 2 week course fee £20 (conc. 10 or pay what you can) -
register interest by the end of June
Drop-in £15/week - for bookings up to the night before

For more info, ping her an email at:

With love and best wishes - Joanna