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ABOUT US

Mini Picassos is a unique art school based in North West London.  
We run art courses for children aged from 15mths to 16yrs

We also have courses and workshops for adults 


We are a team who are very passionate about art, we hope to inspire all of our students to become artists.  Our aim is to encourage children to broaden their skills and to really engage with the art and the materials, but most of all to be proud of their own outcome.

Mini Picassos was founded by Sarah Riddick in 2000, running mobile workshops and classes, we have been situated in the heart of Kensal Rise for over 10 years; in our little, yellow studio. With over 20 years experience, we run innovative programmes for all ages.

 

We have welcomed many students over the years for work experience. Partnering up with local schools, giving older children the opportunity to become part of the team - assisting and prepping for classes. We have also been hosting internships for Higher Education students, to allow them to gain confidence and improve their abilities in a teaching environment, with the joy of keeping creative.

MEET THE TEAM

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SARAH RIDDICK

CREATOR + DIRECTOR OF MINI PICASSOS LTD. | ARTIST

  • BA Fine Art Painting at UAL

  • PGCE in Secondary School education

  • The Institute of Educations, UCL

  • Head of Art at Kingsmead School, Enfield - 8 years

  • Head of Fine Art, SFX College, Clapham - 4 years

  • Creator and Director of Mini Picassos Ltd. from 2000 to present.

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PATRICIA GIOVANNI D’EçA

 DIRECTOR, LEAD TEACHER + PROJECT DESIGNER

  • Graduated with Diplomas in Teaching

  • Graduated in History and Geography.

  • Studied Architecture but devoted her time to teaching.

  • Teacher and Project Designer at Mini Picassos.

  • Lover of Impressionism, Star Wars and all things cute.

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LAURA PARKER

OFFICE MANAGER | WEBSITE + MEDIA DESIGNER | ARTIST

  • First Class hons BA Illustration + Visual Communication at University of Westminster

  • Worked at Mini Picassos for 5+ years

  • Freelance Artist + Illustrator

  • Lover of Surrealism + Arts and Crafts movement. Inspired by nature.

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SARAH TEARE

MINI PICASSOS TRAINED TEACHER

1:1 PRIVATE TUTOR, PARTY HOST, ARTIST

  • London based Portrait Artist working predominantly in oils.

  • With soft colour palettes and wistful expressions, Sarah's portraits aim to express feelings of melancholy and nostalgia

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JESS PIANI

 RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHER

MINI PICASSOS TRAINED TEACHER

  • Studied Fashion + Photography at Reading College of Art, Design.

  • Working as a private Nanny for the past 8 years.

  • Spark for photography came back during Lockdown. 

  • Loves to travel + be outdoors, lover of Renaissance + Pre Raphaelite movement. Different tattooing styles.

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MANISHA GORSIA

MINI PICASSOS PARTY HOST + TEACHER

  • Diploma level 3 in childcare.

  • 20yrs experience working with children. Always using art with children for their learning and development.

  • Level 4 in Management

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SOPHIE NEWNHAM

ARTIST, 1:1 PRIVATE TUTOR, ADULT CLASS TEACHER

  • BA Hons Languages for Business, diploma in Interior Design.

  • Experience with teaching for both children + adults.

  • Two time runner up for Sky Portrait of the year.

  • Love to draw + paint anything! Inspired by design, architecture + nature.

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CLAIRE HEMSLEY

DOTTY BY DESIGN

ADULT WORKSHOPS

  • London based Artist/ Designer/ Maker.

  • Lover of all things recycled.

  • Mindful adult workshop organiser and host.

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