Workshops, demos and informal talks

At the Affordable Art Fair we believe that art can take you places – wherever your imagination allows! And we have a whole range of workshops, talks and tours to help you on your way, whatever your age or interest. Try something new at one of our hands-on workshops whether you are a budding artist or just keen to know a bit more about collecting art. We have more activities than ever before that are for adults as we know that learning about art appeals to all ages.

Children get an extra special treat! Don’t forget to pick up one of our free kid’s activity packs containing a whole host of fun activities and some Derwent art materials. The education theme is ‘Come Fly With Me’ and you are invited to make planes, birds, hot air balloons and more in our artist-led workshops.

Outside of workshop times, everyone is invited to drop in to the Education Space and make use of our wide range of materials. Kids can also decorate a flying machine of their choice to be in with a chance of winning a Derwent watercolour box.

Make sure you also stop by the Artichoke Print Studio where you can learn to make your own drypoint artwork to take home. Or, make a sky themed print for our ‘Come Fly With Me’ gallery wall.                                                                                                                                 All activities are free of charge and unless stated are open to all ages. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and cannot be left unattended in the workshops.

Special events
Wednesday 11 March: A Lavender Hill Studios painting demonstration
Charity Private View in aid of CoolTan Arts - 7pm
Join Lavender Hill Studios artists for a live painting demonstration. Over the course of the evening you will see the model take shape on the canvas and gain a unique insight into the artist’s skill and the process of painting from life. Lavender Hill Studios are an independent fine art school based in Battersea and the first atelier in the UK. In the Education Space.

Education Space            

Thursday 12 March                                                                         11.30am – An Introduction to Drawing                                          Join co-founder of Lavender Hill Studios, Scott Pohlschmidt, and learn the fundamentals of drawing. Working from the plaster cast you will gain an understanding of proportion, line & volume and chiaroscuro (light & dark). Drawing boards and materials provided. Pre-booking advised by emailing

Suitable for adults only but supervised children are welcome to watch.

3pm – Frui Photography Workshop: Composition                                It doesn’t matter if you have a ‘DSRL’ or a camera phone, everyone loves to take a few piccy’s! But do you think you get the most out of your images?  During this unique and invaluable afternoon composition workshop you will be given an introduction to ‘looking’ that will leave you seeing the world in a new light and through more artistic eyes. But, most importantly, it will also help you to make more compelling photographs that really make the most of a scene. Tutors will encourage you to develop your own photographic voice and will draw out what is individual about your style and approach. Pre-booking advised by emailing

Suitable for adults only

Friday 13 March
11.30, 12.30pm - Half-Hour Materials Workshops
Scott Pohlschmidt, Director of Lavender Hill Colours art store, leads a hands-on practical workshop into the tools of the painter’s trade. Whether grinding pigment to make paint or learning how to stretch and prime a canvas, Scott our resident materials guru, will be able to answer questions and provide tips on how to get the most out of your craft.

Suitable for adults only but supervised children are welcome to watch.

2pm – Come Fly with Me: Cross-stitch birds
Join The Crafthouse in this fun cross stitch workshop and create your own wonderful bird. Using templates you will be able to cut out your chosen bird, select various coloured threads and stitch your way to a flying masterpiece!

Suitable for all ages, although children under 10 must be supervised by an adult.

4pm – Drink and Draw with Frui                                                Always wanted to learn how to draw, but have suffered from beginner nerves? Drink and Draw gives you the chance to practice your drawing skills with guidance from Frui’s very own art tutors and a host of other scribblers. Ideal for beginners, but all levels welcome. Meet in the Laithwaite’s Wine Bar. Pre-booking advised by emailing

Suitable for adults only.                                                                    

Saturday 14 March
2pm – Come Fly with The Crafthouse on a hot air balloon adventure!
Join us for a fun workshop creating your own 3D hot air balloon and woven paper basket as we take you on a decoupaging adventure.  Using glues and multi coloured/patterned papers you can create a balloon.  Then learn some simple paper weaving techniques to create your own basket, add some festive bunting or some personalised names on the side and up, up and away!  All balloons will be displayed above the Craft Table at the fair for the duration of Saturday so everyone can enjoy your beautiful creations!

Suitable for all ages.

All weekend
House of Illustration presents : Float, Flutter & Fly

A weekend of workshops with illustrator Julie Vermeille. The morning workshops will be focusing on making all kinds of flying machines, from planes, rockets, hot air balloons and helicopters which you can then suspend in the sky! Or if you are more interested in flying creatures, come along to the afternoon workshop to make 3d birds, bees and bugs!

12pm – Saturday and Sunday: Flying Machines
4pm – Saturday and Sunday: Flying Creatures

Suitable for all ages

House of Illustration
House of Illustration is the home for the art of illustration. From emerging talent to established artists – past and present, British and international. In summer 2014 they opened their first permanent home at the heart of the Kings Cross’s regeneration area. House of Illustration’s gallery and education space is the place to see, learn about and enjoy illustration in all its forms, from adverts to animation, picture books to political cartoons and scientific drawings to fashion design. Through exhibitions, workshops, courses, events and competitions, they welcome people of all ages to engage and in this most popular and accessible of artforms.

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Print Studio
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12, 2 & 4pm, Sunday 12 & 2pm
Artichoke Printmakers are back and invite you to join them at their Print Studio to learn the traditional technique of dry point printing.  Make a print to take home, a Mother’s Day card or a sky themed print for our ‘Come Fly With Me’ gallery wall.

Artichoke is a professional print studio gallery based in London for over 20 years. Suitable for all ages.

Artist in Residence
Performance and textile artist Harriet Riddell will be ‘InStitchYou‘ throughout the fair, creating a captivating live record of the event with her observational tapestries. You can also pose for your portrait whilst Harriet captures your likeness with her sewing machine. Sittings are limited, and can be booked at the Information Desk.

£40 per portrait, sittings take approximately 30 minutes.
Wednesday 5.30 – 9.30pm, Thursday 4.30 – 9.30pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 3 – 6pm

Talks & Tours
Meet at the info desk in the front marquee

SLAM (South London Art Map) Collector’s Talk
4pm Thursday 12 March
SLAM presents a one off opportunity to hear about what to look for when collecting work by emerging artists. Find out tips on what type of work to look for, what the benefits are, who to approach and where to find artwork, as well as defining what your collection is about. To book, enter the code SLAM50 at the checkout when purchasing a ticket.

SLAM (South London Art Map) Tour
2.30pm Saturday 14 March
SLAM is pleased to be working alongside the Project Space Collective exhibition to lead a tour of some of the newest and most innovative galleries at the fair. Join one of their famous tours for our pick of the Project Space, whether your interest is collecting, discovering or appreciating emerging art, you will find it all on a SLAM tour! To book, enter the code SLAM50 at the checkout when purchasing a ticket.

A London Art Salon Tour
3pm Sunday 15 March
With so much on show, which objects would the London Art Salon buy? Join charismatic Dr Marie-Anne Mancio for an art historian’s tour of her favourite paintings and sculptures at this year’s fair. Pre-booking advised by emailing

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio is lecturer in Art History for both Tate Modern and the City Literary Institute. She specializes in 19th and 20th Century art, conceptual ar, and guided visits to London’s collections. An artist in performative practice, Mancio also holds a PhD in Art History  and an MA in Creative Writing.                                            

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Artichoke is a professional printmaking studio gallery based in London for over 20 years. Specializing in intaglio, relief and lithography techniques their artists are established printmakers who exhibit and sell nationally and internationally. Artichoke is committed to publishing, promoting, making and teaching printmaking to all.

Lavender Hill Studios 
Lavender Hill Studios is an independent fine art school based in Battersea, it was
founded 10 years ago and has since trained a new generation of figurative
artists in the classical skills of drawing and oil painting from life. 
Today it is home to a broad community of students, from complete beginners to
established artists, and offers a range of courses throughout the year.  

The Crafthouse
The Crafthouse is a place that blends beautiful things with amazing creativity. Attention to the important details, personal attention and a nurturing spirit to allow freedom to explore, discover, learn, have fun and enjoy oneself! All of The Crafthouse’s classes are small groups to ensure that personal attention can be given to each individual and all staff are passionate artists or craftspeople who bring knowledge, skills and experience to offer the best learning opportunity for you.

The London Art Salon
The London Art Salon provides a series of intimate, comfortable and social gatherings featuring friendly speakers and discussion. Talks are related to London’s current art events and key aspects of London’s cultural milieu. Sessions are designed for those at all levels of art knowledge – beginners are welcome. London Art Salon aims to build a community of art lovers.

Frui Creative Holidays and Courses                 Frui is one of the UK’s leading providers of creative holidays, courses and events. Frui provides a high standard of accomodation, an unsurpassed level of service and fun and jargon-free tuition. By reinventing the concept of the ‘learning holiday’ Frui has struck a chord with young professionals looking to escape their day jobs and explore their creative sides. Frui specialises in photography, painting and gastronomy holidays and courses to destinations including Australia, Burma, Croatia, Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, Morrocco, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam. 

is an independent fine art school based in Battersea, it was
founded 10 years ago and has since trained a new generation of figurative
artists in the classical skills of drawing and oil painting from life. 
Today it is home to a broad community of students, from complete beginners to
established artists, and offers a range of courses throughout the year.