Gabriela Szulman Art crafts classes in London
crafts classes in London
Gabriela Szulman Art crafts classes in London
crafts classes in London

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Gabriela Szulman Art

49 reviews
49 reviews

Gabriela is an artist and maker. She creates prints and collages, greeting cards, jewellery and scarves with images inspired by memory, nostalgia and a love of everything vintage.

Her work is often humorous and whimsical – unless her romantic side takes over and then you enter into a fairy-tale territory of old-fashioned script, pages of books and music scores populated by chivalrous gentlemen, glamorous ladies, butterflies and rabbits. She blends a fusion of painting and digital media – acrylic, watercolour and ink with digital print – onto paper and canvas to create pictures, quirky greetings cards and a range of “art to wear” which so far includes silk scarves and a jewellery collection.

Old photograph albums, vintage documents, magazines, books, cards, knitting pattern books and scraps of writing are things that make Gabriela very happy. Second-hand bookshops, junk shops, market stalls, attics and long-forgotten boxes are her treasure trove.

In addition to her own creative pursuits, she is passionate about inspiring other people and sharing her skills, so she devotes a good portion of her time to teaching.

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Sarah
18 Nov
A fantastic session creating a decoupage storm lamp. Gabriela was really helpful as applying the decorative elements to the inside of a glass curve is much harder than it sounds! I also had time to decorate the glass base. Unfortunately my daughter loved the storm lamp so much that I had to give it to her, so at least I'm now fully informed on how to make another for myself !!
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Sarah
12 Nov
Absolutely brilliant class with the added benefit of a phenomenal lunch. My Frida has been everywhere with me since! I achieved so much more of a complex piece than I thought I could have done in the time allowed. Thanks Gabriela!
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Lianne
17 Oct
Thank you Gabriela for a lovely few hours making a decoupage picture frame. The picture frame is an ideal project for a first attempt at decoupage. I was really pleased with my finished piece but I mostly just appreciated the chance to try out the technique in a relaxed studio environment.
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Cav
16 Nov
My beautiful chair is eye-catching and all my guests have commented on how beautiful it is. I still contemplate it myself.I definitely recommend Gabriela's workshop. I have learnt a great deal, the atmosphere was very friendly and the venue too is worthy visiting.

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Sarah
18 Nov
A fantastic session creating a decoupage storm lamp. Gabriela was really helpful as applying the decorative elements to the inside of a glass curve is much harder than it sounds! I also had time to decorate the glass base. Unfortunately my daughter loved the storm lamp so much that I had to give it to her, so at least I'm now fully informed on how to make another for myself !!
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Sarah
12 Nov
Absolutely brilliant class with the added benefit of a phenomenal lunch. My Frida has been everywhere with me since! I achieved so much more of a complex piece than I thought I could have done in the time allowed. Thanks Gabriela!
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Lianne
17 Oct
Thank you Gabriela for a lovely few hours making a decoupage picture frame. The picture frame is an ideal project for a first attempt at decoupage. I was really pleased with my finished piece but I mostly just appreciated the chance to try out the technique in a relaxed studio environment.
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Cav
16 Nov
My beautiful chair is eye-catching and all my guests have commented on how beautiful it is. I still contemplate it myself.I definitely recommend Gabriela's workshop. I have learnt a great deal, the atmosphere was very friendly and the venue too is worthy visiting.
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Astrid
17 Oct
Really loved this workshop and Gabriela was an amazing host and teacher. She explained the process of making a collage thoroughly and allowed sufficient time to test different acrylics and techniques. And always willing to offer a helping hand or word of advice.
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Katyana
22 Jan
It was a great workshop! The first one for me.So nice to finally meet a lady who does decoupage in London! I was very pleased with the project we did.And it was a small group which I like.Full marks!😊
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Gina
15 Nov
I did a tray decoupage workshop with a group of friends. Gabriela is a friendly and inspiring teacher and it sparked an ongoing interest in the technique for me. Her studio is a lovely place to work and has lots of examples of her own work too. With lots of tea and cake along with the class, what's not to like!
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Kate
18 Oct
Really enjoyed the class with Gabriela - she was lovely and a great teacher, and I found the class both fun and relaxing. Decoupage isn't overly difficult but is super effective, so we all came away with really cool plates and tea lights. It's a skill you could definitely take away and do at home.
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Sophie
23 Jan
It was a great class - I made a wonderful glass plate for my mum's Christmas present and she cried! Gabriella had lots of materials, and even printed off some text for me which was very kind.
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Beth
23 Mar
Gabriela was a really great teacher and there was so much choice of designs to use. A great introduction to decoupage, would definitely recommend.
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Sarah
18 Mar
A fantastic afternoon decoupaging a pair of shoes - I mean, who knew that was even a thing, right? You supply the shoes, and Gabriela supplies everything else, including decent coffee, choco Liebnitz biccies, and a wicked soundtrack. I started with a pair of boring beige pumps, and left with a unique pair covered with vintage maps. Definitely going to go back to do something else there.
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Hannah
10 May
Gabriela's decoupage class was brilliant - it was informative and relaxed and she was very generous with her materials. I would definitely attend another one of her classes.
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Maria
25 Jun
It was an exceptional workshop delivered by Gabriela. She was extremely kind, welcoming and so were the other people doing activities there. I picked up new skills, especially to do with prepping and maintaining a good technic. Gabriela was so knowledgeable and her passion about decoupage was very contagious. For anyone who likes learning new DIY skills and wit special interests in upcycling, this is the perfect workshop to go. I’ll definitely go back!
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Erika Shapiro
29 Jun
Gabriela was amazing. She was so supportive, full of ideas. The lunch and snacks were great too, way in excess of what I would have expected. It was such a treat of a day and a great opportunity to immerse oneself in a project, supported by expert advice and leave the external world behind. A very therapeutic experience for anyone regardless of experience.
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Luis
29 Jun
Fantastic workshop, really lovely studio, absolutely loved it. I thoroughly enjoyed the upcycling furniture course. It was very informative and i learned so much. Gabriela Szulman is an excellent tutor and takes time to explain each stage of the course. I would love to attend a future course.
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Marian
15 Nov
This was such a great class! I worked on a little coffee table which I covered with a world map pattern and pages from old books. I only did one day and it was non-stop even with a small piece of furniture, so that is something to keep in mind when you book. There were a couple of people in the class who were on their second day of working on chairs and they also left with lovely finished pieces but it took them the whole two days to get there. I appreciated being in a small class with plenty of individual help, and found it interesting to see how different all the results were given that we were all using same materials. Wonderful studio and really helpful teacher. Plus healthy lunch and lots of snacks to keep you going during the day! Recommended.
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Sophia
15 Nov
A great class, I highly recommend, I've taken a few of Gabriela's up-cycle workshops and keep returning, I really enjoy it, and Gabriela makes you feel most welcome the studio is a great environment with nice pieces to also inspire you, plus you get to take home your lovely design I plan to return again :-) Decoupage is a really great.
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Lorena
15 Nov
I've been to various workshops at Gabriela's studio and I enjoyed all of them. Gabriela is wonderful and really good at introducing you to new techniques, very patient and great at helping you explore your creative side. I highly recommend to take The Storm Lamp class as you not only will learn but you will you leave with something you can truly be proud of.
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Carol Forrester
16 Nov
Wonderful workshop in a very warm, creative space. Gabriela is an excellent teacher patient and encouraging - the hours flew by, I would have been happy to stay all day. Living in such a fast paced city it is great to be able to slow down and focus on decoupage. The storm lamp has been much admired.
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Gina Musa
16 Nov
This is the second course I've done with Gabriela. Her studio is a lovely place to work, full of interesting things. She teaches in a very clear and supportive way so you leave feeling you have really learnt how to decoupage. Classes are small so you get plenty of attention and help. The storm lamp was a different decoupage technique - a little bit fiddly but the end result is amazing. I've had a lot of compliments on my finished item.
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Pat Reed
25 Jun
This was a very enjoyable course. I was totally new to decoupage and although interested in art I had never done any practical art since leaving school, many years ago! Gabriela was a fantastic tutor , kind , helpful and encouraging. The whole process lasted all day and so calls for concentration and application but the time literally flew by! Her studio/ home is delightful a gallery in itself. We were made to feel very welcome and she provided a wonderful luncheon for us. She is an interesting host and I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone considering it. My daughter and I took home wonderful Frida Kahlo inspired dolls to hang on the wall and we will certainly be returning to do another of Gabriela's courses soon.
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Lorena
29 Jun
Last Sunday I was in a full-day Frida's workshop on Gabriela's studio. Great experience from start to finish. Gabriela was a great teacher showing the decoupage and painting techniques. The group was small which was great because everyone received individual attention and support. Gabriela is super patient and enthusiastic and her studio is incredible, every corner is very inspirational. Last but not least, the food experience was "a m a z i n g" homemade cook, healthy and tasty, authentic mexican tortillas, great salads an vibrant margaritas! . I would definitely recommend doing this workshop with Gabriela!
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Elizabeth
13 Nov
Really enjoyable workshop and lunch was delicious. Gabriela's studio is an amazing space to work in, the group was small so we all received a lot of individual support and attention. My daughter and I were really happy with the Frida Kahlo dolls we had made. We would definitely recommend doing this workshop with Gabriela.
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Janet
3 May
Gabriela Szulman 's decoupage class was held in a very pleasant welcoming studio. She had plenty of materials for our chosen projects and gave plenty of handy hints when required taking us through the various stages. We all sat round one table making the experience very friendly. We could also pick up tips from others. She sent an email after the class indicating where materials could be purchased so we could experiment at home. Very successful. Janet
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Carolina Kralj
15 Nov
This class was fantastic! Without having experience I was able to make a beautiful piece which I took home. Gaby is an excellent (and patient!) teacher- would definitely recommend!!
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Janice
17 Oct
I have attended a number of courses for various different hobbies, but the Collage and Multi Media with Gabriela is one of the best and I will be returning to do it all over again. A lovely atmosphere and Gabriela is so helpful - I really enjoyed by day.
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Anonymous
23 Jan
I never considered myself naturally creative so I was very unsure about how I would go at this workshop. Right from the start, Gabriela created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and provided really clear and helpful guidance to get me started. Gabriela provided a fabulous range of materials, and had an excellent knack of drawing out my own ideas and inspiration and then advising on how I might best give effect to them, as well as making her own creative suggestions. Gabriela was on hand through out and provided a really high level of individual attention. She stayed completely calm - even when things didn't go quite as I planned - and was really reassuring and encouraging. I was absolutely delighted with my final piece - it far exceeded my expectations of what I might be capable of - and that is due in no small measure to Gabriela's expert input and tuition. It was one of the most absorbing, interesting and fun workshops I've done, and my piece now hangs proudly on my kitchen wall. I cannot recommend Gabriela's classes highly enough.
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Lisette
28 May
Gabriella’s workshop was wonderful and I look forward to returning. All the materials needed and so much more. A small group of four only meant she was able to give us all attention and answer all our questions. The delicious lunch she prepared and small touches of tea biscuits and strawberries were so thoughtful and gracious just like Gabriella
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Sacha
3 Jun
I did the full day workshop with Gabriella Szulman recently (I had earlier done the half day decoupage workshop and enjoyed it so much I came back to do the full day workshop) Gabriela creates a relaxed and safe environment to learn and experiment, all the while supported by Gabriella both from a technical point of view (materials, tools, techniques) as well as an esthetical PoV (what looks good, how to improve things) and has lots of examples and materials available to be inspired by. Many thanks Gabriela!
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Lynda
26 Jun
Gabrielle is a great tutor. She is friendly, knows her crafts inside out, informative and very talented. I left her course with enough knowledge to continue practicing on my own to further develop my skills but would not hesitate to attend another of her workshops. As another plus her premises are inspiring and her cookies and lunch are delicious. What more could you ask for?Lynda Parkinson-Garde
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Jennifer
6 Jul
I had a very enjoyable day learning the art of decoupage with Gabriela. She is a very lovely lady & a good teacher. Jennifer Csttlin
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Carolina
15 Nov
Lovely begginers course! You learn to transform a plain wooden tray into something beautiful all your guests will compliment! It was a fun day surrounded with lovely people and good to disconnect while doing somethig creative - and useful! Would highly recommend!!
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Caroline
15 Nov
This course is outstanding! - and ideal to create an origina gift for some loved one! Original, fun and creative! Gaby is an excellent artist. She is professional and goes step by step with you in the process. I did a lovely necklace which I gave to my sister as a birthday gift and she loved it! Would definitely recommend!!
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Sophie
2 Oct
Gabby welcomed us with a cup of tea and biscuits and taught us the art of decopage. None of us had previous experience, but Gabbys instructions were comprehensive and as a teacher she was patient and encouraged our creativity! A great Christmas present for my mum sorted!
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Lucre
18 Oct
The class with Gabriela was wonderful.
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Rachel
31 Oct
Great workshop. Plenty of attention from Gabriela and everything explained at the right pace. A fun afternoon and I love the plate I ended up with!
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Dorothea
15 Nov
Wonderful teacher Wonderful venue All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience and worth every penny
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Anonymous
15 Nov
I was given a voucher as a present and chose this course. I was very pleased with my choice: Gabriela is a patient and inspiring teacher and I learnt a new skill and have a creation to keep. Highly recommended.
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Katherine
17 Nov
I really enjoyed my glass decoupage class. The venue was a perfect setting for a fun crafting afternoon. Gabriela paced the class perfectly, particularly as I was a beginner. She was friendly and helpful giving us ideas and lots of materials to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to re-book. The whole experience inspired me to experiment at home!
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Zoe
21 Nov
Gabriela was a fantastic host and expert teacher for a friend's hen party afternoon. The studio is beautiful and we had lots of fun being creative and getting to know each other... with plates to take home as mementos of the occasion. Thank you Gabriela!
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Despina
22 Nov
We went for an afternoon of decoupage on glass plates, for our friend's hen do. Gabriela was fantastic and very helpful. She talked us about the process, gave us step-by-step advice and guided us into making pieces we were actually very happy with, had a fantastic selection of materials and enough variety for everyone to be as creative as we could be, with an infectious enthusiasm for the craft. I was inspired and would love to go back and try another of her classes!
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Chrissy
24 Nov
Gabriela's venue/studio is lovely, a nice courtyard in front with birds in the trees, spacious with kitchen facilities too for the all important tea! The class was a group activity as part of my hen-do (we were very well behaved!), decoupage onto glass plates. It was fun, simple enough that everyone could take part and come away with something unique and beautiful, and really creative so that we could all flex our artistic muscles. Gabriela was great at teaching the skills needed so that we felt we could go away and make more on our own afterwards. Perfect activity for six, with time for drinks and chatting while we waited for things to dry. We had a really fab afternoon and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the workshop.
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Sarah
22 Jan
I absolutely LOVED this workshop. It's very relaxing and therapeutic. Gabriela was really kind and generous with her comments and feedback and would advise you on even the smallest of details. The studio itself is very cosy and comfortable (with good music in the background) and it was perfect for a rainy London day. You get to finish the plate and take home a ready to use product. Great class!
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Sophia
26 Mar
Really great class I was so happy with the finished product, a really great atmosphere to work in too. I look forward to booking another decoupage class with Gabriela in the future.
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Sophia
11 Nov
This is one of my favourite classes Gabriela is a great host and teacher I have created some lovely work in her classes and recommend this class.
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Caroline
15 Nov
This course is the most original course I’ve ever attended! I went with an old pair of shoes and left with this funky amazing and like-new pair!!! I weat them to work and I still get compliments about them. Gaby is so professional and a great teacher! Also you get to meet awesone people and its a time to unwind and recylce at the same time! Highly recommended!!
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Marcela
24 Nov
A friend of mine gave me a workshop with Gabriela as a birthday present and it is one of the best present I have ever received, Gabriela is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping individuals achieve the effects that they would like too, also Gabriela's studio is lovely and cosy and it makes you feel like at home. Looking forward to enjoying more classes in the future. Thanks Gabriela.
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Marian
15 Nov
I arrived with a pair of favourite but rather tatty and worn boots, and left with a very funky pair covered in a purple and pink Marimekko pattern. Difficult to believe that paper can be used to upcycle shoes but it works really well, and whenever I wear my boots people ask me where I bought them! The class was very relaxed and the studio is beautiful, with a lot of Gabriela´s work on display and inspiring bits and pieces. I appreciated the coffee, biscuits and fruit as it is a long class! Gabriela demonstrated every step of the technique and she also gave us one-to-one help, which was much appreciated. I will be coming back to learn other things at this studio soon, highly recommended class.
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Carola
15 Nov
Loved this course!! Recycling shoes! Is’t it a wonderful idea? Met fabulous people and Gaby is an excellent artist and teacher that gives you all the tips for you to learn the technique! Left witha beautiful and orginal pair of shoes! Would highly recommend and will certainly take another class with Gaby!