Marion Taylor

I have enjoyed tutoring at the School of Painting, to all ages and abilities, for about 27 years. Teaching has always gone hand in hand with creating my own work, as I find sharing ideas and techniques stimulating and rewarding. My approach has been to give students the confidence to develop their skills, to think for themselves and so extend their visual language and find their own path.

Recently I have been introducing figurative elements into my painting, while very much retaining the abstract sensibility so important to the essence of my practice. The work has often been about layers, sometimes with representational images (both painted and my photographs) glimpsed through passages of expressive paint handling. The love of paint and its manipulation allows the process to lead the way.


Abstracting the Figure in Paint 13/01/2020

£465

Using oils, mixed media and drawing, work from the nude and clothed figure to explore the exciting relationship between abstraction and representation. The work of the Bay Area Figurative movement of 1950's San Francisco is our starting point. Move from the use of a recognisable subject to boldly coloured, abstract arrangements. An ideal course to advance your figure painting whilst exploring both abstraction and representation.

     



 


Pushing the Boundaries 27/01/2020

£455

This dynamic course explores the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Extend your painting vocabulary through a series of structured exercises and explore the manipulation of paint and image in a fun and experimental way. Enjoy the freedom to experiment and challenge yourself in a well-resourced and supportive atmosphere.
“Stimulating, challenging, well organised and varied. I was looking for a new direction for my painting and this has given me a plethora of possibilities. Thank you!” - J. Friskney Adams

 


Approaching Painting 20/04/2020

£355

This course is ideal for the beginner and guides you through some of the key materials and methods used by painters. Gather visual information through drawing, then develop your work using tonal studies and simple print making techniques. Progressing into paint, explore the properties and application of both acrylic and oil paint to create informed and individual paintings. 


Pushing the Boundaries 04/05/2020

£375

This dynamic course explores the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Extend your painting vocabulary through a series of structured exercises and explore the manipulation of paint and image in a fun and experimental way. Enjoy the freedom to experiment and challenge yourself in a well-resourced and supportive atmosphere.
“Stimulating, challenging, well organised and varied. I was looking for a new direction for my painting and this has given me a plethora of possibilities. Thank you!” - J. Friskney Adams
 


Finding the Figure 11/06/2020

£180

Using waterbased media, charcoal and drawing learn to create fluid, visceral figures moving between abstraction and representation. Our starting point, the haunting watercolours and drawings of Bay Area artist Nathan Oliveira.
 

     



 


The Art of Keeping it Simple 29/06/2020

£355

Many artists have used the still-life genre as a successful vehicle to experiment and develop their ideas. In this course students will consider the deceptively simple still life paintings of renowned British Modernists Ben Nicholson and William Scott, who created innovative, powerful works by reducing subject and content to its essentials. Learn to create dynamic paintings by focusing on simple forms, considered composition and a limited colour palette.


CW - Be Colour Confident 15/08/2020

£180

When it comes to painting, nothing says confidence quite like a bold use of colour. Your cure-all course for common colour quandaries like muddiness and overmixing, Be Colour Confident shows you how to accurately mix fresh and radiant colour through engaging practical tasks.
 


The Art of Keeping it Simple (4) 05/10/2020

£355

Many artists have used the still-life genre as a successful vehicle to experiment and develop their ideas. In this course students will consider the deceptively simple still life paintings of renowned British Modernists Ben Nicholson and William Scott, who created innovative, powerful works by reducing subject and content to its essentials. Learn to create dynamic paintings by focusing on simple forms, considered composition and a limited colour palette.


Be Colour Confident 12/11/2020

£180

When it comes to painting, nothing says confidence quite like a bold use of colour. Your cure-all course for common colour quandaries like muddiness and overmixing, Be Colour Confident shows you how to accurately mix fresh and radiant colour through engaging practical tasks.
 


Pushing the Boundaries (4) 18/01/2021

£355

This dynamic course explores the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Extend your painting vocabulary through a series of structured exercises and explore the manipulation of paint and image in a fun and experimental way. Enjoy the freedom to experiment and challenge yourself in a well-resourced and supportive atmosphere.
“Stimulating, challenging, well organised and varied. I was looking for a new direction for my painting and this has given me a plethora of possibilities. Thank you!” - J. Friskney Adams
 


Be Colour Confident 11/02/2021

£180

When it comes to painting, nothing says confidence quite like a bold use of colour. Your cure-all course for common colour quandaries like muddiness and overmixing, Be Colour Confident shows you how to accurately mix fresh and radiant colour through engaging practical tasks.