Classes available at The Art Center of the Capital Region in downtown Troy, NY. Go to the Art Center website to sign up:

The Painting Room at the Art Center of the Capital Region, set up for my summer color workshop.

Below is a listing of my classes at the Art Center of the Capital Region in Troy NY
All classes are six 3-hour sessions, except Drawing the Human Face, which is 3 sessions, and Advanced Painting Atelier which is ongoing.

Oil Painting Classes are turpentine-free, and instruction is given in how to paint with non-toxic materials.

Classes are currently suspended for Covid, and expected to resume in fall 2021. There is a possibility of some painting classes resuming in mid-April, depending on conditions.

Beginning Drawing
Learn how to see like an artist and gain confidence expressing yourself on paper. Complete beginners or artists with some experience can work at an individual pace within a structured format. Explore proportion, perspective, and working with line and tone, plus some fun exercises to shift you into the creative right side of your brain. All techniques are demonstrated, and presentations of artwork inform and inspire. All materials included.

Intermediate Drawing
A more in depth study of fundamental drawing skills with a wider variety of subject matter, exploring composition and deeper expression. The course includes an introduction to portraiture and figure drawing, working from a clothed model. All materials and model covered in studio cost.

Figure Drawing
This class focuses on drawing a live, nude model. Through direct observation of a model and a series of structured lessons, students will build a variety of skills which can be integrated into a personal style. All techniques are demonstrated, and individual attention is given to each student, attuned to his/her level. Students under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a release form. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing, Intermediate Drawing, or equivalent (recommended). All drawing supplies included in studio fee.

Oil Painting: Understanding Color (Beginning--Intermediate)
This class is appropriate for complete beginners or experienced painters who would like to deepen their understanding of color. Demonstrations and presentations, as well as hands on experience teach students reliable color mixing and use of color to express form, light, and mood. You may bring paints and brushes or buy from the instructor in class; studio fee covers the remaining materials.

Oil Painting: Finding Your Painting Voice (Intermediate)
Explore painting inspiration and creative problem solving, while working toward your own personal style as an artist. We'll address individual concerns related to independent projects, attuned to each student's level. Students should bring paints and brushes, materials fee covers other supplies. Prerequisite: Understanding Color, or by permission of instructor.

Oil Painting: Skill Building (Intermediate-Advanced)
This class will focus on improving painting technique, facility, and expression through exploring a particular subject in depth. Each student will develop a series of small paintings from a subject appropriate to his/her skill level and interests. Students may also bring work done at home into class for group or individual critiques. Bring your own brushes and paints, or buy from the instructor; studio fee covers remaining materials. Prerequisite: Understanding Color or equivalent experience.

Advanced Painting Atelier
Students will work on independent projects developing skills, techniques, style and expression at an individual pace, within a community of artists. Sessions will be student-directed and can include working from photographs/studies, still life, portraiture, and figure drawing/painting (with artist models, as determined by the group, under the guidance of the instructor.
Bring your own paints/brushes/canvasses. Some basic drawing and painting supplies are included in the materials fee. The studio is turpentine-free; guidance is provided in oil painting without toxic materials. Pre-requisite: Intermediate study in painting or by permission of the instructor.


Marion Reynolds received a BA in studio art from Middlebury College, and an MFA in painting from Queens College CUNY. She also studied at the Center for Art Safety in NYC. She has taught art for 20 years at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville Virginia, The Douglass Street Artspace in Brooklyn, NY, as a graduate teaching assistant at Queens College, and at The Art Center of the Capital Region in Troy NY.

This is what former students say about her teaching:

“Marion is a generous, thoughtful and prepared teacher. In Marion's drawing and painting classes I was both encouraged and challenged to see in new ways and to explore new techniques and processes. She was one of my early teachers and by far the most influential to this day.”
Lee Halstead

“Marion’s painting and figure drawing classes became my art community and support system. She was always encouraging and gave lots of individual attention. I had many happy moments working in her classes, continuing to expand my skills and confidence as an artist. “
Jean Sampson

“Marion was super organized and the structure of the class guaranteed success and amazement. We were painting still lifes, which didn't thrill me at first (not yet expecting to be amazed). She tricked us into making beautiful paintings! It was all very simple, careful and was a pivotal experience for me.”
Julia Bloom

“Marion Reynolds was the teacher who had the greatest influence over my decision to make art an important and integral part of my life...her style was to encourage us and to help us to not be afraid of making a mistake and to try new techniques. She was good at bringing the class together as a group.”
Betty Brubach

“My experience in learning from Marion really stands out in the long list of classes I have taken over the years... I felt totally at ease working with her, even though I had had very little experience in oil.”
Nancy Galloway

(resident artist, McGuffey Art Center)