ART & CRAFT
Explore & Draw
Explore & Draw, an art class run by local artist Luna Zsigo, came to Restoration House in May last year. 25 students found inspiration in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the gardens, drawing and painting still life subjects.
Explore & Draw is an art class run by local artist Luna Zsigo. Inspired by the great George and Mary Watts, Luna passionately believes that “art is for all” and everyone is welcome, from absolute beginners to professional artists.
Explore & Draw hold unique and exciting drawing, painting and creative writing events in buildings of historical, architectural and cultural interest. The classes often focus on still life compositions made up from artefacts and objects sourced directly from archives of the sites.
The event at Restoration House took place on a slightly overcast day, but it was warm enough and there was plenty of light bringing out the rich and vibrant colours of the beautiful garden. Your editor joined the class on a tour around the house itself before we all joined Luna in the garden where she handed out art materials and helpful advice.
Having explored the nooks and crannies of the garden – an incredible space which I think can justifiably be described as a “secret garden” as very little of it can be seen from the surrounding streets. It comprises formal and productive areas as well as the restored Tudor garden which was discovered during an aborted housing development project, and rescued by the owners with the help of English Heritage.
It proved an ideal location for Luna’s class, inspiring the creation of a variety of drawings and paintings by the assembled students, all of whom benefitted from Luna’s advice and guidance.
Luna also runs a series of workshops named, Explore & Draw – Meet the Artist where she collaborates with other creatives from different disciplines to show that there is no single way to become an artist.
Find out more about Explore & Draw and Restoration House:
qLuna 07751 231616