Our Philosophy

Workshops Essayer is your home for inspired living. We love to highlight our favorite craft DIY’s, design tutorials and recipes for all kinds of yummy dishes, drinks and treats. At WE, we believe all you need is a hint of whimsy, a dash of impish charm and a sprinkle of inspiration.  

Our Story

January 2011 was the birth month of Workshops Essayer.  We started teaching cooking classes to 3 to 5 year olds in one school.  In the last few years we have grown to teaching in several schools in New York City, Brooklyn and Hoboken, NJ and working with students from 3 to 13 years of age.   While cooking has been our longest running classes, we have expanded our repertoire to include other creative arts subjects like crafts, design and beauty product development.

Because of the number of requests we have gotten, we have also started teaching our creative classes outside of the school environment for teens and adults.  We also offer customized activities and instruction for birthday parties and other special events.

Meet the Team

We are a small group of people who love working with kids and adults and passing on the creative skills that we have been honing for years and years.


Eddie Mazarura

Founder & Principal

Eddie Mazarura founded Workshops Essayer in 2011.  She graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology  with a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications.  After working in healthcare PR for many years, she took that giant step forward to combine her two loves: working with children and the art of creating, to create her dream job.  Her interests include reading, binge watching TV and learning how to make some of her favorite things.


Nina Mdivani


Nina Mdivani has joined Workshops Essayer in the fall of 2015. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with degree in International Relations, but after working for seven plus years in social research and becoming a mother.  She switched her career to do what was always closer to her heart. Teaching children to explore the world with all their senses is something that always inspired Nina and now she is happy to fully devote herself to it. Her interests include knitting, watercolor painting, writing. She is mother to a 5 year old George and 3 year old Elizabeth.


Melissa Grounds


Melissa Grounds began working with Workshops Essayer in August of 2016. She graduated from Penn State University, where she studied Telecommunications. Post graduation, she worked for six years in the financial space, before leaving to pursue her creative work full-time. With a background in prop and decor creation, Melissa enjoys fostering the unique approach each student takes to complete a project. Her interests include doing NYT crossword puzzles, binge watching TV shows and spending time with family.

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