Workshops, demos and informal talks

At the Affordable Art Fair we believe that art can take you places – wherever your imagination allows! At the spring fair we had a whole range of workshops, talks and tours to help you on your way, whatever your age or interest. You could try something new at one of our hands-on workshops or join one of our talks and tours to learn more about art. We had more activities for adults than ever before, as we know that learning about art appeals to all ages.

Children got an extra special treat in the form of our free kid’s activity packs containing a whole host of fun activities and some Derwent art materials. The education theme was ‘Come Fly With Me’ and you were invited to make planes, birds, hot air balloons and more in our artist-led workshops!

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

Artichoke Print Studio were also running workshops where you could learn how to make your own drypoint artwork to take home. Or, you could make a sky themed print for our ‘Come Fly With Me’ gallery wall.

All activities were free of charge and unless stated were open to all ages. Places were be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Children had to be accompanied by an adult at all times and could not 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
Lavender Hill Studios artists put on a live painting demonstration. Over the course of the evening the model took shape on the canvas, allowing you to 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.

Education Space            

Thursday 12 March
11.30am – An Introduction to Drawing
Co-founder of Lavender Hill Studios, Scott Pohlschmidt, taught the fundamentals of drawing. Working from the plaster cast he demonstrated proportion, line & volume and chiaroscuro (light & dark).

4pm – Frui Photography Workshop: Composition
It doesn’t matter if you have a ‘DSLR’ or a camera phone, everyone loves to take a few piccy’s! This afternoon composition workshop gave an introduction to ‘looking’ that left visitors seeing the world in a new light.

Friday 13 March
11.30, 12.30pm - Half-Hour Materials Workshops
Scott Pohlschmidt, Director of Lavender Hill Colours art store, led a hands-on practical workshop into the tools of the painter’s trade.

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

4pm – Drink and Draw with Frui
Drink and Draw gave you the chance to practice your drawing skills with guidance from Frui’s very own art tutors, accompanied by a glass of Laithwaite’s wine.

Saturday 14 March
2pm – Come Fly with The Crafthouse on a hot air balloon adventure!
A fun afternoon workshop where you could create your own 3D hot air balloon and woven paper basket. All balloons were displayed above the Craft Table at the fair for the duration of Saturday so everyone could enjoy your beautiful creations!

All weekend
House of Illustration presents : Float, Flutter & Fly
A weekend of workshops with illustrator Julie Vermeille. The morning workshops were focused on making all kinds of flying machines, from planes, rockets, hot air balloons and helicopters which you could then suspend in the sky! Whereas afternoon workshops allowed you to make a 3D flying creature, be it a bird, bee or bug.

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

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.


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.  You could 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. 

Artist in Residence
Performance and textile artist Harriet Riddell was ‘InStitchYou‘ throughout the fair, creating a captivating live record of the event with her observational tapestries. She also stitched live portraits of visitors on her sewing machine. 

Talks & Tours

SLAM (South London Art Map) Collector’s Talk
4pm Thursday 12 March
SLAM presented a one off opportunity to hear about what to look for when collecting work by emerging artists. They shared 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. 

SLAM (South London Art Map) Tour
2.30pm Saturday 14 March
SLAM worked alongside the Project Space Collective exhibition to lead a tour of some of the newest and most innovative galleries at the fair.

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

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.                                            

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.