Minerva Workshop art classes in London
Minerva Workshop art classes in London

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Minerva Workshop

36 reviews
36 reviews

The Minerva Workshop is located in Kentish Town in North London, in an old Victorian Warehouse full of creative businesses, and run by painter Lottie Cole.

The Minerva Workshop hosts masterclasses taught by artists and artisans as well as regular weekly classes. All the classes are taught by professional full-time artists and artisans, who love to share their knowledge and skill.

The classes are open to all levels, unless stated, and kept to a limited number of no more than 12. This keeps the classes intimate and allows for everyone to have sufficient help and encouragement in a friendly atmosphere.

As well as learning and expanding skills our goal is to send participants away refreshed and invigorated by sharing a creative experience.

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Laura
5 Dec
I went to Lottie's class on December 4th with 7 friends and it was really good fun. We all came away with wreaths we loved (using mostly dried fruit and decorations so we can use it year after year!) Great value, highly recommend!
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Artiste
13 Jan
Goodness do I enjoy the Minerva Workshop Weekly art group. The guidance is gentle and kind (especially useful when you are coming back in to dabbling in studio art after some years) and the variety of supplies is fantastic.
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HFA
16 Jan
The class was excellent and very enjoyable. There was a wide variety of high quality materials and Lottie Cole provided just the right amount of instruction and direction mixed with enthusiasm and a sense of fun.
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VF
20 Jan
Was feeling apprehensive about just turning up but it was excellent.

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Laura
5 Dec
I went to Lottie's class on December 4th with 7 friends and it was really good fun. We all came away with wreaths we loved (using mostly dried fruit and decorations so we can use it year after year!) Great value, highly recommend!
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Artiste
13 Jan
Goodness do I enjoy the Minerva Workshop Weekly art group. The guidance is gentle and kind (especially useful when you are coming back in to dabbling in studio art after some years) and the variety of supplies is fantastic.
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HFA
16 Jan
The class was excellent and very enjoyable. There was a wide variety of high quality materials and Lottie Cole provided just the right amount of instruction and direction mixed with enthusiasm and a sense of fun.
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VF
20 Jan
Was feeling apprehensive about just turning up but it was excellent.
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Wioletta Loszczuk
4 Feb
I really enjoy going to the weekly studio time. It's great to have a place to go each week to develop my own creative projects. Lottie is really supportive, there is a good range of materials to use, and the studio is a welcoming space. I would definitely recommend it.
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olivia
5 Feb
Studio time is a great moment. as a graphic designer, i spend a lot of time working alone, and it is great to find people to show your work to, learn from and get encouraged by. I love this session, ans i recommend it warmly.
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Pat Farrington
4 Mar
Coming back to art, having done a rigid A Level course in 1959, I'm learning how to stylise and use other techniques like collage which I'm really enjoying. Occasionally, it feels like falling off a cliff, as I'm used to realism, but Lottie Cole is always there with a parachute full of quiet suggestions and encouragement. The studio space is light and airy and Lottie is always gives us a warm welcome and real coffee.
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Penny
24 Nov
Lottie Cole was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed my class. She is a very good teacher, explaining techniques of drawing with charcoal and pastels so I came away with artwork that was almost presentable! I will be going back.
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Rachel Acworth
3 Sep
I just LOVE the lampshade I made on Magda's course!! I couldn't believe how professional it looked - it was so satisfying to complete a whole lampshade in one morning. Magda is a brilliant teacher. This was such a fun course and Magda is so good at attending to all her students' needs. She demonstrated the techniques clearly and guided each of us as much or little as we needed. We were able to choose our own fabric, the size and style of lampshade we wanted to make. I can't recommend Magda's lampshade making class enough. Go for it! You will be so delighted and proud of what you take home.
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Tina Kirby
4 Sep
I am not a natural crafty person so was a little nervous about the course but it was so friendly and relaxed I quickly got into the swing of it and made two gorgeous lampshades that I am very proud of. The choice of colours and materials available was great - I did a roll print in two shades, it looks quite professional and matches the room well. There were of course some tricky parts but Magda was on hand to show tips and tricks which built my confidence so I did the second shade myself . I highly recommend this course if you want a new challenge or have a room you want to personalise.
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Tina Kirby
4 Sep
I am not a natural crafty person so was a little nervous about the course but it was so friendly and relaxed I quickly got into the swing of it and made two gorgeous lampshades that I am very proud of. The choice of colours and materials available was great - I did a roll print in two shades, it looks quite professional and matches the room well. There were of course some tricky parts but Magda was on hand to show tips and tricks which built my confidence so I did the second shade myself . I highly recommend this course if you want a new challenge or have a room you want to personalise.
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Christine Young
12 Sep
I came away from this course with plenty of knowledge on how to make lamp shades Magda was there every step very helpful and friendly good coffeee and cakes The venue was great .Would highly recommend
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Faye Keegan
28 Oct
I had an entirely fantastic time at Minerva Workshop. The venue itself is absolutely lovely, filled with light and greenery, and both Magda and Lottie were welcoming and warm. Magda's tutorial was informative and easy to follow, and I felt fully supported in my creative endeavours throughout the day, whilst still retaining the freedom to experiment and have fun. The experience of designing my own fabric pattern, assembling the lampshade myself, and leaving with a finished product was fantastic, and has left me feeling eager to seek more opportunities to make things. Also, the vegetarian lunch really was delicious! I really felt that I took so much from the day and would recommend it to anyone.
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Eleanor Franzen
28 Oct
I'm not a naturally crafty person and have some real hangups about my total incompetence whenever I try to make something. Magda was so kind and encouraging, and I felt like I'd been on a real emotional journey as well as coming away from the workshop with two beautiful lampshades that I'd managed to create! Such a warm and supportive environment. Lottie's workshop is also a gorgeous place to work - very light and bright and open - and the whole experience felt like a really good way of leaving my comfort zone and exploring artistic possibilities. Thank you, Magda and Lottie!
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Giulietta
5 Nov
I booked a group of seven as an away day for our work. We had the best time, all coming away with two lampshades that we were actually really proud of! Not only was it a really fun and informative day, but we also found the atmosphere in the studio really welcoming and loved the airy space that Lottie has so cleverly put together. Magda was a wonderfully patient teacher, clearly showing us what to do in her demonstrations and the result was very interesting - everyones work was so different to each other and clearly showed you can really put your own personality into the process! Thank you again for a great day.
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Ella
10 Feb
This is the second workshop I have attended that Leo has taught at Minerva and I was as pleased with my experience as the first time. Leo clearly has thought through his workshop structure carefully to both support and challenge his students to facilitate an environment where people can develop confidently and effectively. The models were very accomplished and professional further bringing the workshop to a high standard. As well as all that the general atmosphere was very friendly and accommodating allowing us to free up and importantly really ENJOY ourselves! I have taken many life drawing classes/workshops and this was perhaps my favourite one ever! As with last time the space and host at Minerva were fantastic! Big open space which is perfect for making and drawing. They also provide a delicious and generous lunch. I will return again.
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Divya Scialo
10 Feb
I found the two days of charcoal life drawing at Minerva Workshop really productive and stimulating. The tuition was well guided, sensitively thought out and the exercises delivered at a good pace. The studio space is wonderfully lit and has a great, friendly atmosphere. Overall, it was a really satisfying experience that I would definitely recommend booking a workshop here.
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Ko
13 Feb
It’s very intense drawing session without stress or pressure but also can extend our own drawing skills with very comfortable atmosphere. The way of teaching is really impressive and helpful to improve life drawing skills. I would like to join it again definitely.
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Ko
13 Feb
It’s very intense drawing session without stress or pressure but also can extend our own drawing skills with very comfortable atmosphere. The way of teaching is really impressive and helpful to improve life drawing skills. I would like to join it again definitely.
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Lily
4 Dec
Lottie is a lovely and very helpful teacher. We did this as a girls event from work. Everyone had such a good time and everyone wreathe was hanging on their door that night. Its a great activity for the money, mince pies and BYOB was a bonus. I would recommend this to anyone. Thanks Lily
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EdV
10 Dec
This Christmas Wreath making course was sublime! I would highly recommend it. Such a bright and lovely space and the course leader can not be topped. Lottie was especially helpful when I hit a creative block and made some great suggestions to really pimp my wreath. I will absolutely be booking onto another course with Minerva Workshop soon!
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A. R. Haworth
17 Dec
I had such a lovely time making a Christmas wreath at Minerva. Lottie was very helpful and made the entire workshop so enjoyable. The group had never made wreaths before but thanks to Lottie's support and lovely materials we were all really pleased with our designs. The studio was also such a relaxing space to escape to for a few hours . Thanks for a wonderful experience!
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Mandy Gardner
19 Dec
Lottie was lovely, the course was really fun and we would thoroughly recommend. Lots of extra nice touches like mince pies and biscuits and lots of tips and stories from Lottie. 5 out of 5!
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Ilana
27 Dec
We had a brilliant class. Very easy to organise, Lottie was very responsive, the space was great and the activity perfect for seven of us.
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Ilana
27 Dec
We had a brilliant class. Very easy to organise, Lottie was very responsive, the space was great and the activity perfect for seven of us.
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Helen
11 Feb
The venue was perfect, spacious and comfortable with lots of good light. Tracey, our teacher was very generous with information about her techniques and also sharing her own materials. Lottie, the organiser, and Tracey were both friendly and encouraging and they made sure we all made the most of our day. The information sent out before the workshop was also very thoughtfully constructed so each student knew exactly what to bring, how to find the venue and what to expect. Our lunch was delicious and all in all it really was a wonderful day !
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Helen
11 Feb
The venue was perfect, spacious and comfortable with lots of good light. Tracey, our teacher was very generous with information about her techniques and also sharing her own materials. Lottie, the organiser, and Tracey were both friendly and encouraging and they made sure we all made the most of our day. The information sent out before the workshop was also very thoughtfully constructed so each student knew exactly what to bring, how to find the venue and what to expect. Our lunch was delicious and all in all it really was a wonderful day !
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Lauri
25 Feb
The venue is fabulous, light and airy with lots of space for us to work, and a separate table for lunch. It was lovely to have lunch provided! Tracey was an excellent teacher and provided lots of tips and info for us to create our own paper collages, and shared some of the lovely papers she created. Both Lottie and Tracey created a lovely atmosphere for us, and the group were very friendly. I traveled all the way from Yorkshire for this workshop, and it was more than worth the early start! :)
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penny
1 Oct
I had the best day! Totally absorbing, satisfying, creative and addictive paper cutting with Tracey English. Tracey was full of enthusiasm and happy to share her techniques and genuinely seemed to care that everyone had a really constructive, educational and artistic experience. The studio was an artists dream! I would live there if I could.
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Wendy
17 Mar
A great course led by an excellent tutor in a wonderful setting. Jane provided excellent tuition and took us through a complex process stage by stage. She was so generous with her knowledge and feedback. Workshop Minerva is a lovely setting that provides a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to learn.
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Elei
29 Sep
Absolutely inspiring totally enabling. Wonderfull atmosphere tutors totally encouraging and wanting to share their knowledge and inspiration I had such a fun experience and learnt a totally new skill Felling epic.
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Jill
2 Oct
The Gathered Lampshade 2 day course was great. Very professional and clear instruction, in a relaxed and friendly environment, in a cool part of London with terrific cafes for your lunch break. I was amazed that I and everyone on the class produced lampshades that you see in featured in interior magazines.
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Celeste
10 Nov
The course was very informative, perfectly structured and took into consideration everyone’s previous sewing experience. It was a pleasure to attend, the space is great for a small group and convenient to get to. The staff were very friendly, welcoming and knowledgable. I look forward to attending another workshop soon!
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Mirella Arcidiacono
20 Dec
I had been following Kate's work as a designer as I love her paper folded lanterns! When I saw that she hosted this workshop to teach how to make your own one I though that it would have been great as I love crafts and to challenge myself in learning new skills, however I didn't think I was going to go home with an actual full size paper later made by myself. Kate's objects are so sophisticated and indeed really skilful however she was so good at teaching and patience with me when I needed to review what I was doing. I had such as great time, creating my beautiful lantern and other paper objects in a relaxed and peaceful environment. If you want to learn something a bit different and want to spend a fun creative day I highly recommend Kate's workshops to anyone!
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Laura Parsons
19 Dec
Kate is a very patient and calm teacher. She is very happy to help you if you get stuck. Kate also knows a vast amount about paper folding. I loved the class. I was delighted with everything we made and can't wait to learn more. It was really fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. My friends loved the workshop as well.
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Victoria Chilvers
7 Apr
A wholly inspiring and productive 1:1 art session with Lottie Cole, who patiently took me through the basics of various painting mediums, showed me some of her amazing work in progress and motivated me to start painting after many years - would highly recommend!

Minerva Workshop's Upcoming Classes

Mondays Weekly Art Group/Studio Time
5
(7) - Kentish Town
£30pp · 2.5 hour class
Lampshade Making with Magda Devaris
5
(7) - Kentish Town
from £160pp · 6.5 hour workshop
Block Printing with Molly Mahon
Kentish Town
from £160pp · 4 hour workshop
Life Drawing Masterclass
5
(4) - Kentish Town
£170pp · 6 hour workshop
Christmas Wreath Making
5
(7) - Kentish Town
£65pp · 1.5 hour class
Collage & Paper Cutting with Tracey...
5
(4) - Kentish Town
£170pp · 6 hour workshop
Gathered Lampshade Two Day Course
5
(4) - Kentish Town
from £275pp · Two session course
Wholecloth Quilting with Elli Beavan
Kentish Town
from £170pp · 7 hour workshop
Natural Dyeing with Zoe Burt
Kentish Town
£170pp · 5 hour class
Weekly Art Group /Studio Time- Even...
Kentish Town
£30pp · 2 hour class
Tuesday After School Art Club
Kentish Town
£22pp · 1 hour class
Paper Folded Lampshade with Artist ...
5
(1) - Kentish Town
from £160pp · 4 hour workshop
Paper Folded Homewares with Artist ...
5
(1) - Kentish Town
from £70pp · 2.5 hour workshop
Paint Effects with Alice Clark
Kentish Town
£375pp · Two session course
1:1 Art Mentoring Class
5
(1) - Live Online
from £30pp · 1.5 hour class
Passementerie
Kentish Town
from £160pp · 5 hour workshop
Natural Dyeing with Kitchen Botanicals
Kentish Town
from £160pp · 4 hour workshop
Learn the dying art of Passementeri...
Kentish Town
from £160pp · 6 hour workshop
Botanical Cloud with Carolyn Dunster
Kentish Town
£160pp · 4 hour workshop
Block Printing with Louisa Loakes
Kentish Town
£170pp · 4 hour workshop
Traditional Soft Lampshade with a B...
Kentish Town
from £295pp · Two session course
An introduction to Chalk Paint
Kentish Town
£85pp · 3 hour workshop

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