Leina Taylor

Foundation Year 2013-14

BA Fine Art, University of Newcastle

I started going to The Westminster Drawing Club (now Drawing Club West) at the Royal Academy when I was 14. I don’t remember the first thing I drew at a Drawing Club but I remember the first time I did life drawing when I joined the 15+ Saturday classes. It was so difficult at first but I really enjoy it now. 

Drawing Club gave me more confidence in my own work – my drawing and painting improved a lot. I started to enjoy art more, at school and everywhere else. 

I’ve always wanted to do a Foundation course because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. I decided to apply for The Foundation Year here because I’m really into drawing and, having been to Drawing Club, and a Summer Foundation Masterclass here, I knew how good the drawing teaching is at the Royal Drawing School.

At the start I found the course really intense. The first day was the hardest – we spent the whole day drawing in the rain around Trinity Buoy Wharf!

It felt a bit strange at first, only focusing on art, every day. But we were allowed to experiment with other media. For example, we made breeze block head sculptures with Jenny and Phoebe. It was really nice having lots of different tutors. They all specialise in different art forms, which allows us to develop more ideas. 

I really enjoyed the Personal Project at the end of the course. I had learned a lot from the previous workshop days, but afterwards it was great to move on to more independent study so that I could really focus on my work.

Leina Taylor

My work is inspired by nature, and focused on the connection we have to it. As human beings we are reliant on bees, and I wanted to create an experience that reconnects the viewer with the subject. I’m going on to do Fine Art at Newcastle University where I hope to explore these ideas more.

I would tell anyone thinking about it to definitely apply to The Foundation Year! You won’t regret it! It’s amazing. Sharon Beavan and Gethin Evans, the course leaders, are just so good at what they do. I didn’t expect to get so much out of the course!

Leina Taylor