Denise M Taylor

Writing Consultant I Editor I Proofreader I Teacher

I trained as a teacher many years ago; subsequently, I have taught a cross-section of students, young and ‘old’, in Melbourne and London. My expertise is in creative writing, art history, writing skills and literature. In the last few years I have taught independent courses in conjunction with Camberwell Community Centre (an eastern suburb of Melbourne).

My classes are limited in numbers so I can engage with everyone and encourage interaction and the sharing of ideas. I supplement my classes with richly-illustrated Power Point presentations. One of my students recently sent me an email, which ended with “You are a very good teacher”. This meant a lot to me. Here are other comments by students:

Dear Denise,

Thank you for all your efforts to enlighten me about art and art history this year.

I have really enjoyed your presentations and getting to know you and the other students.

(a much-appreciated acknowledgement) December 2016

Dear Denise

Thank you for helping me to see the beauties of Art History, more so with your wonderful and personal input.

Your lectures were a staple part of my year.

(a much-appreciated acknowledgement) December 2016

 

If you’re interested in any of my new courses (details below), or have any questions, please contact me via my Contact page

 

Rococo to Revolution: Eighteenth-century French art

This 5-week art history course will begin with the sensuous elegance of Rococo art that dominated Louis XV’s reign and which transitioned into the moral seriousness of Neo-Classical art encouraged by Enlightenment thinkers and French revolutionaries.

Jacques-Louis DAVID, ‘The Oath of the Horatii’, 1784-85, oil on canvas, 330 x 425 cm Louvre Museum, Paris

Saturday: 5 weeks from 5 August; 9.30-11.30am
Cost: $130
Venue & Bookings: Camberwell Community Centre, 33 Fairholm Grove, Camberwell 9882 2611

 

Sensational European Baroque Art

Discover how an obsession with light and shadow resulted in the dramatic, yet naturalistic, art of seventeenth-century European Baroque artists. This five-week art history course begins with the emotional intensity of Caravaggio’s paintings and Bernini’s sculptures in Rome, then to Velazquez in Spain, Rubens in Antwerp and beyond, Rembrandt in Holland, and the French artists, Poussin and Lorrain. A few less-known Dutch female artists will also be included, and the Baroque garden at Versailles will be ‘explored’.

Image 3 - Illusionistic ceiling, Il Gesu, Rome

Giovanni Battista Gaulli, ‘The Triumph of the Name of Jesus’, fresco ceiling, 1672-85, Church of Il Gesu, Rome

Saturday: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25; 9.30-11.30am
Cost: $130
Venue & Bookings: Camberwell Community Centre, 33 Fairholm Grove, Camberwell 9882 2611

 

Writing Compelling Stories

Are you a closet writer or have a manuscript ripe for publishing? Are you interested in writing and have ideas, but unsure how to get started? This six-week course offers a series of writing workshops in a relaxed environment allowing you to focus on a genre that you’re interested in: fiction, creative non-fiction or even creative memoir! You will have the unique opportunity to work one-on- one with your tutor throughout the course. This course may be ongoing as writers draft and redraft their manuscripts.

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‘Flying Pig’, Swanston Street, Melbourne

 

Tuesday nights: 7.00-9.00pm; Saturday afternoons: 1.00-3.00pm

Venue & Bookings: Camberwell Community Centre, 33 Fairholm Grove, Camberwell 9882 2611

 

The Art & Travel Writings of the Sublime

The concept of the sublime and the heightened emotions it inspires have been a source of inspiration for artists and travel writers for centuries, particularly in response to the natural landscape. In this four-week course, discover the history of the sublime and the different ways the idea, or feeling, has been interpreted in the visual arts and literature beginning with an ancient Greek text through to the diaries and paintings of the Grand Tourist and explorers, and the awe-inspiring, present-day complexity of industrialisation and technology.

Joseph Wright of Derby, ‘Vesuvius in Eruption, with a View over the Islands in the Bay of Naples’, c.1776-80, © Tate Britain, London.

Joseph Wright of Derby, ‘Vesuvius in Eruption, with a View over the Islands in the Bay of Naples’, c.1776-80, © Tate Britain, London.

Saturday: 9.30-11.30am; April 29, May 6, 13, 20
Cost: $105
Venue & Bookings: Camberwell Community Centre, 33 Fairholm Grove, Camberwell 9882 2611

 

Strictly Grammar & Punctuation

Do you want to improve your writing skills and clarity of expression? Whether you’re a student wanting to add that final spit-and- polish to your written work, or whether you just want to revive your understanding of English grammar and write better, this is the course for you. In a stress-free environment, topics will include sentence and paragraph construction, capitalisation of words, hyphenation, and the correct use of the apostrophe and the colon.

English Grammar book

 

If you’re interested in details of these courses, please contact Denise.