LDN Experiences

Published on February 4th, 2016 | by Francesca Baker


Pop Up Painting

Pop Up Painting do just that. Pop Up in bars and spaces around London and the South, get people together and get them painting, and pop off again. Their goal is to organise social events which make art accessible, and, rather than the quite steep price tag (although fairly comparable to other similar companies) they manage this. Each event focuses on a different artist or theme – Banksy, Hockney and van Gough are all regulars – and through the two hour experience participants are guided to recreate their work on canvas.

I attended the London Skyline edition down in Clapham, and now on my wall is hung the canvas, my original attempt at the London icons bathed in the evening light. Which feels pretty good.

It’s not an art class and no technique is taught. Instead it’s about making the time, space and materials available for people for whatever reason are not creative in this way in their everyday life. It’s super easy – they bring paints, water, drinks and chips to your table allowing you to dab at the canvas and chat with your co artists. There’s no such thing as mistakes or errors – this is about having the confidence to create and your hand being held throughout.

It seems to work – by the end there are plenty of happy faces and bright canvases to behold. If you can get yourself some paints, a canvas or paper, and take the time to be creative, then do so. It’s a brilliant for the spirit and the mind. Pop Up Painting are also there to help you, and for a fun night out that will leave you with something awesome to display, it’s certainly worth investigating.

pop up painting

Pop Up Painting host events several times a week all over London. To book an event, visit http://popuppainting.com/

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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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