Here at House of Coco we’ve got in to the swing of things with this #Lockdown! Between the team we’ve baked enough banana bread to last us a lifetime, attended so many lives on Instagram that we’ve lost count and worked up a sweat in endless online classes.
The thing that we have loved the most about being in lockdown is the fact that more people are taking time to focus on themselves, investing hours in to online courses and making sure that they come out of the other side of this better than how they went in. There seems to be more noise online than ever before but we’ve been carving through that to find things that will help us to be a little bit more mindful.
Cue the arrival of MasterPeace and their new At Home Art Kits.
Their new art initiative is delivering positive creativity, directly to your door. MasterPeace, London’s first mindful art studio, has adapted its business to launch At Home Art Kits. The new kits and virtual classes make it easy to create beautiful works of art, while enjoying the proven mood boosting benefits of getting creative, all from the comfort of home.
Our Editor in Chief, Laura Bartlett, took part in one of the classes this week and she LOVED it! Granted, she’s no Picasso, but this class is all about enjoying art without expectation. You can see her work of art by heading over to our Instagram page and checking out our ‘Courses’ highlight.
Yorkshire born and bred, it was no surprise that Laura opted for the Yorkshire Giraffe class, but there’s loads to choose from and it can be really fun to get the whole family involved too.
SIMPLE TO GET STARTED
Choose from five contemporary art works to paint. Then MasterPeace will post everything you need, with first class delivery. Included in the kit is a painter’s palette, handpicked acrylic paints, brushes and a canvas board which has been pre-sketched by a professional artist with your chosen motif. There’s also a photo of the artwork with step by step instructions from the artist. Each purchase includes a 40 minute virtual class with the original artist for real-time support, or access to pre-recorded tutorials in their mobile app.
USING CREATIVITY TO BEAT ANXIETY
MasterPeace opened as a studio and curated art gallery in Ecclestone Yards last autumn, in response to research* that showed a link between creativity, mental-health and wellbeing. Founder Zena El Farra has created the At Home Art Kits and online tutorials as a way to help people cope with the anxiety around Covid-19, and the negative effects of self isolation.
Zena said, “Research has shown that even a small amount of creativity can sustainably boost our mood, help us cope with stress and even the management of depression. With our new At Home kits we make it easy for people to enjoy some creative respite from home. We’ve emulated the in-studio experience as much as possible, including expert guidance from professional artists. Each virtual class opens with a short meditation and there’s a strong mindfulness focus throughout.”
POPULAR NEW PASTIME
Suitable for all levels, from beginners to hobbyists or more competent artists, the At Home kits have already proven popular with those seeking a new creative pastime. The kits make for a lovely gift, which can be delivered to loved ones all over the world. Children can also get involved; ‘Yorkshire Giraffe’ and ‘Throwing Bananas’ by artist Harriet Gillett are suitable for budding creatives as young as six.
Committed to helping the wider community, MasterPeace has partnered with internationally celebrated portrait artist Elena Gual to launch her art kit ‘Affinity’. It includes a £10 donation to Refuge, a charity protecting women experiencing domestic violence, which is particularly afflicted during these times of isolation at home.
The MasterPeace At Home Art Kits cost from £25 including P&P. It’s also possible to join an online class without purchasing a kit for £7. For details and to order your At Home kit visit https://masterpeace.studio/classes/at-home/artkits/