Dive in and have a go! Workshops, demos and informal talks

October’s Education Programme was inspired by the body, movement, health and well-being, so whether you were following the Rugby World Cup, are a fitness fanatic or simply enjoy a spot of hula hooping, it was a perfect opportunity for visitors to unleash their inner artist.

All workshops were free of charge and unless otherwise stated took place in the Education Space. Children must be accompanied all times.

The Spring Collection Education Programme will be announced shortly – keep checking back to see what arty treats we’ve got in store for March!

For kids:

Activity packs Kids could pick up a free ‘Hoop, Skip and Jump’ activity pack from the Education Space, filled with arty activities and drawing materials

Thursday 22 October

12pm Pigments, Priming and Paint London Fine Art Studios led a hands-on, practical workshop into the tools of the artist’s trade. From grinding pigment to learning how to stretch and prime a canvas, visitors could come and see how it’s done. Suitable for adults only.

2pm Chemigram Workshop Visitors learnt how to make their own chemigram print using ordinary household chemicals and drawing materials. Artist Sandy Hon, who exhibited as part of the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition at the fair, took you through the process step by step. Suitable for adults only.

4pm Art Club with Lil Adams: Figures and Flipbooks Do you ever feel like you don’t have time to be creative? Visitors could drop in and see what could be achieved in a small space of time. From making flip books to indulging in some quick fire drawing, visitors took could take away inspiration for using those little pockets of time creatively. For all ages.

Friday 23 October

12pm Sensory social sketching CoolTan Arts artist Sam Welton led a workshop of quick fire drawing activities designed to explore different ways of using the body and our senses to make art. For all ages.

2pm House of Illustration Workshop with Julie Vermeille Visitors could come and make kinetic sculpture inspired by the body and its movements. Suitable for adults only.

4pm Still Life Secrets Ann Witheridge, founder of London Fine Art Studios, helped us uncover the principles of composition, colour harmony and painting in oils as applied to the still life. Suitable for adults only.

Saturday 24 October

11am Art Club with Lil Adams: 3D fun – Working with Models Visitors were amazed at how much art they could create in an hour in this family friendly workshop, with activities including creating origami animals and plasticine figures then sketching these from life. For all ages.

2pm House of Illustration workshop with Julie Vermeille Art lovers could make an exciting sculpture that came to life! Using wire, 2D shapes and cut-out people, visitors could learn how to make a kinetic sculpture which balances and changes as it moves. For all ages.

Sunday 25 October

All day OKIDO Takeover Fresh from a successful CBeebies launch OKIDO joined us for a day of arty fun. Visitors could draw their favourite sport, dance move or stretch. They could make their mark on a collective giant drawing and play with OKIDO character stencils, Okidoodle drawing books and be inspired by the ‘All About Me’ issue of OKIDO’s Art and Science magazine. For kids and families.

All day, every day Staying in the lines – Colour wall Did you know that taking time out to colour-in can be a great way to de-stress and take time out from a hectic day? Plus it’s fun! Visitors could come and grab a sheet from a display in the Education Space. With contributions from Lucie Sheridan, OKIDO Magazine, CoolTan Arts  and Lil Adams, plus a selection of adult colouring-in books for you to work your way through. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Special events

Thursday 22 October

6.30 – 7.30pm Drink and Draw with Frui
Always wanted to learn how to draw, but have suffered from beginner nerves? Drink and Draw gave you the chance to practice your drawing skills with guidance from Frui’s very own art tutors and a host of other scribblers. Visitors could grab a drink and get involved! Suitable for adults only.
Taking place on the mezzanine.

Sunday 25 October

10.30-12pm London Fine Art Studios Art lovers could drop into a live painting demonstration as LFAS painted the model from life. Visitors watched the sitter take shape on the canvas.


Print Studio
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12, 2 & 4pm, Sunday 12 & 2pm
Artichoke Printmakers were back and invited you to join them at the Print Studio to learn the traditional technique of dry point printing. For all ages. 

Talks & Tours

Saturday 24 October

11.30am An Art World Insider Tour with Susan Mumford Ever wondered what you missed when visiting a fair on your own? Visitors joined this whistle-stop tour to learn about collecting & curating, as well as to hear the stories of individual pieces on display. Susan is an entrepreneur in the art world and founded the Association of Women Art Dealers in 2010, followed by Be Smart About Art in 2012. 

Sunday 25 October

1pm Sunday Sofa Sessions: Meet the Artists
Visitors could come and grab a comfy seat and hear from three artists from our Recent Graduates Exhibition. With Suzi Morris, Lucy Smallbone and Libby Heaney. 

3pm Sunday Sofa Sessions: Meet the Galleries  
This was your chance to hear from three Affordable Art Fair galleries who introduced their newest additions. With Folly & Muse, India Dickinson Gallery and DegreeArt.             

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.

London Fine Art 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.  

OKIDO is an independently published arts and science magazine for children and their families who believe  that both boys and girls can have fun and learn simultaneously .With  this in mind OKIDO collaborates with many great illustrators and designers to produce a wonderful piece of literary joy. OKIDO aims to stimulate creativity and inspire scientific interest.

House of Illustration is the home for the art of illustration. From emerging talent to established artists past and present, British and international. 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.

Art Club evolved as a creative tea break for staff at Lil’s  workplace, a chance to sneak in some creativity during a busy working day. Its aim is to encourage the creative use of small amounts of time and celebrate the feeling of wellbeing brought through simple acts of making. Once you join Art Club, you can do Art Club anywhere and Lil will provide ideas for you to take away.

Frui is one of the UK’s leading providers of creative holidays, courses and events. 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.