Fancy an iconic Art Deco poster or Lichtenstein-style print to hang over your mantel? A DIY option may, at first, seem laughable, but PopUp Painting offers step-by-step instructions when it comes to recreating classic masterpieces – all alongside an evening of wine and merriment to oil the creative juices.
Established in April 2013, the idea is to bring painting and creativity into social hubs – whether that’s your local, an atmospheric brasserie or a cosy café. As a trend that’s already swept America and Australia, it has a lot to recommend it, and each night is tailored to a particular theme, so you can pick and choose your genre; past events include French Impressionism, contemporary (from Banksy to Vettriano) and a new Paint A Pop Portrait series hitting a watering hole near you later this year…
Phyllissa Shelton, founder and MD of Pop Up Painting explains that ‘the company was formed to bring art out of the classroom and gallery into a more relaxed setting to help people unleash their creative streak. Although some people have a hard time understanding it before they try it, it’s essentially just a chance to do something different for fun.’
Next up, budding Picassos should make a beeline for Notting Hill Kitchen on 20 February for music, refreshments, good company – and to recreate Guernica, obviously .
Paint Picasso-Pop Art!, 7.30 – 10pm, 20th Feb, Notting Hill Kitchen, 92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN; popuppainting.com