Marion Taylor

I have enjoyed teaching at The School for over 25 years and this has always gone hand in hand with my own practice, as I find sharing ideas and techniques stimulating and rewarding. My approach is to give students the confidence to develop their skills, to think for themselves and so extend their visual language and find their own path.

Marion has lived and worked as an artist in Penwith for 30 years. Her practice over that time has included painting, drawing, printing, photopaintings, 3D installation and site-specific work. Her approach is conceptual and the imagery holds many contrasts and contradictions – dark / light, real / surreal, observed / imagined, representational / abstracted – and in this way questions ideas around these conventions.


Marion is a long term studio tenant at the prestigious Porthmeor Studios . She exhibits widely, most recently in her sell out solo show: ‘That’s How the Light Gets In’. he is a highly respected figure in West Cornwall’s Art scene. She was chair of Newlyn Society of Artists; part of the education programme at Newlyn and Exchange Galleries and has lectured and lecturer at University of Falmouth

See Marion’s website for more about her practice.

What our students say

A fantastic course which I have really enjoyed and has inspired me to rediscover my love of art. Marion was an excellent teacher , so encouraging and accommodating of all abilities. Thank you! 

Laura Feekins-Bate

Thank you Marion for such a marvellous experience. I arrived nervous but was given a space to express myself. First time painting and discovered its great! 

Jose Mejia

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! 

Jack Friskney- Adams

If you want a course with excellent tuition, a well planned fast moving course – choose this one! It’s the best course I’ve been on. I’ve learnt so much in four days. Thank you Kerry and Marion. 

Sally Holman

I really enjoyed the course, I learnt a lot – feel inspired to carry on. The tutors were lovely and very knowledgeable and friendly. The organisation of the course was very good and the facilities and location great. Thank you. 

Celia Keeping

Amazing! Thank you, you have open up my love of art and given me the confidence to start! Liz and Marion were inspirational and motivational. P.s. All staff very friendly and helpful.

Wendy Bougen

So much food for thought and further experiments with oil paint. My mind is full of shapes, lines, colours and textures. Fully immersed in St Ives School of Painting and Ben Nicholson.

Sophia Blackwell

A dynamic 4 day course led by two very experienced teachers. I felt pushed to the edges of my creativity at times but both teachers influenced me forward to complete pieces of work I would have never thought I was capable of.

Sheila Sloan

More than fulfilled my expectations. A wonderful friendly atmosphere putting you at your ease. Could have been intimidating but it certainly wasn’t!

Melanie Peckham

Marion was extremely pleasant, encouraging and provided excellent tuition. She was positive and reassuring and raised my confidence to try more things.

Julie Dowdeswell

A perfect combination of the teaching of skills and processes with lots of inspiration and ways to go forward. Both tutors were informed and supportive.

Tutors put you at ease and were enthusiastic and encouraging. Technicians made the day flow smoothly supporting the tutors in a very organised and friendly manner. The building and environment are inspirational in themselves. Thank you for a great experience on my first visit of many I hope.


Courses with Marion Taylor

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Getting Started with Mixed Media Landscape

Liz LuckwellMarion Taylor

Art Courses - Mixed Media - Landscape

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Active Instance: a024J00000DzNSlQAN, 19-Aug-2024

This inspiring course offers exciting new ways to creatively absorb your spectacular St Ives surroundings. With an encouraging and experimental approach, establish a solid foundation in mixed media painting.


19 - 22 Aug - 4 days - £495 Book

Keeping it Simple

Marion Taylor

Summer Art Classes (3hr) - Oil - Still Life

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Active Instance: a02Nz000005SJOEIA4, 28-Aug-2024

Simplify and refine your painting skills on this half day workshop. Let go of the detail and avoid distraction to create powerful responses in oil paint to interior studies and landscape.


28 Aug - 3 hour(s) - £55 Book

Life Drawing

VariousIlker CinarelSteve DoveMarion TaylorGary LongHilary Jean GibsonLiz Luckwell

Life Drawing - Drawing - Figure

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Active Instance: a02Nz000003PYHrIAO, 01-Jun-2024

Drawing from the figure is a classic, traditional skill and these tutored life drawing classes are ideal for those wanting to learn and improve, build a portfolio or for beginners who would like to just have a go.


1 Jun - 2.5 hour(s) 10:30 - £28 Book