LDN Experiences

Published on March 25th, 2015 | by Francesca Baker


Paint Jam London

A disused floor of a once much loved London icon. DJs spinning an intoxicating blend of 90s disco tunes, classics remixed and the latest dance. A bar serving cheap as chips drinks, with a pizza oven on hand. And a ton of acrylic paint with which to channel creativity. This is a Saturday night at Paint Jam, the painting studio that can pop up anywhere, carrying with it canvas, paint and brushes, and the strong belief that art is good for you.

As ninety of us stand in front of our easels in O Yes, the old Foyles (a handy piece of sign stealing forming the name) with paint brush in hand and brains whirring, Dalia explains how she hopes that during the session we get into a state of ‘flow,’ turning off some of the sensors in our heads and just letting the creativity emerge from us. Instructions are intermittent, but enough to guide us through the process of making abstract pieces – ‘make us many marks as you can,’ ‘pick your favourite and repeat,’ ‘mix the colours’ – and I presume would be more specific were we at one of the nights where famous images such as Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ are replicated.

This time, as we wander around the room having a nose at other people’s work, the variety of images, and the mix of methods used to achieve them demonstrates just how individual the process is. There’s finger painted flowers, swathes of colour, cubist images of London, Pollock-esque splatters and everything in between.

As the canvases fill and the paint starts to dry, people migrate into the bar for some drinking and dancing. It almost looks like a typical Saturday night party – were it not for the streaks of paint across everyone’s baggy t shirts and the playful sense that something, somewhere within, was unleashed tonight.

Paint Jam run Arty Parties, Meditation and Expression workshops and Art Walks. Check out their website for more details. http://www.paintjamlondon.co.uk/

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Francesca Baker is curious about life and enjoys writing about it. A freelance journalist, event organiser, and minor marketing whizz, she has plenty of ideas, and likes to share them. She writes about music, literature, life, travel, art, London, and other general musings, and organises events that contain at least one of the above. You can find out more at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk and follow her on https://twitter.com/andsoshethinks

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