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.

See Marion’s website for more about her practice.

What our students say

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

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

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

Julie Dowdeswell

Courses with Marion Taylor

Approaching Painting

Marion TaylorIlker Cinarel

Art Courses - Mixed Media - Beginners

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Active Instance: a024J00000AeTZ3QAN, 30-May-2022

Ideal for beginners, this course offers simple and dynamic approaches to build your confidence. Learn to depict both landscape and still life using acrylics and oils.

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30 May - 2 Jun - 4 days - £460 Book

Life Drawing

VariousSteve DoveIlker CinarelMarion TaylorHilary Jean GibsonGary Long

Life Drawing - Drawing - Figure

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Course ID: a004J000002gGIZ
Active Instance: a024J00000CFRvqQAH, 04-Jun-2022

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.

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4 Jun - 2.5 hour(s) - £25 Book

The Art of Keeping it Simple

Marion TaylorLiz Luckwell

Art Courses - Oil - Still Life

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Course ID: a00w000000bCVkF
Active Instance: a024J00000BvcQiQAJ, 17-Oct-2022

Inspired by the innovative and deceptively simple still life work of British Modernists Ben Nicholson and William Scott, this course shows you the essential approach to creating powerful paintings.

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17 - 20 Oct - 4 days - £445 Book

Ways forward with Collage + Montage

Marion TaylorLiz Luckwell

Art Courses - Mixed Media - Abstract

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Course ID: a004J00000ITUdL
Active Instance: a024J00000CEIKoQAP, 11-Jul-2022

Explore the many benefits of using collage in your working process and learn how quickly it can bring a range of differing surfaces, colours, shapes and compositions into play in this hands-on, fast moving and exciting course.

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11 - 14 Jul - 4 days - £455 Book
7 - 10 Nov - 4 days - £455 Book

Ways forward with Collage + Montage

Marion TaylorLiz Luckwell

Art Courses - Mixed Media - Abstract

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Course ID: a004J00000ITUdL
Active Instance: a024J00000CED10QAH, 07-Nov-2022

Explore the many benefits of using collage in your working process and learn how quickly it can bring a range of differing surfaces, colours, shapes and compositions into play in this hands-on, fast moving and exciting course.

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11 - 14 Jul - 4 days - £455 Book
7 - 10 Nov - 4 days - £455 Book