Learn the ins and outs of Mural Painting with Taylor Shaw

Amazing mural artist and Instructor Taylor Shaw is coming to teach “Mural Painting” at the Folk School on March 24-31, 2024. Taylor has been featured in multiple publications for his unique postcard mural painting style and we are excited to have him come to Brasstown!

Read more about Taylor and his class in our interview below!

Ready to dive in and learn the ins and outs of mural painting. Sign up and collaborate with classmates to create a one-of-a-kind Folk School mural piece! There are still a few spots available–register today!

JCCFS: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background in your medium. How did you get started?

TS: From Arts Professor to now full-time mural painter, my focus is on the transformative power of mural painting. Teaching mural classes at University and Craft School levels, I’ve created over 20 large-scale murals, blending my love for graphic design and fonts.

Beyond visual appeal, my murals are site-specific narratives celebrating each community. Nature, landmarks, and local heroes become vibrant elements, representing the unique character of each town.

Sharing mural painting with students and communities is my joy, turning public art into a language that unites people. Through workshops, I aim to connect art with individuals and community voices. To me, mural painting is a celebration of diversity, a testament to shared stories, and a homage to the beauty when art and community intertwine.

JCCFS: Tell us more about your upcoming class” Mural Painting” and it’s specific technique or process.

TS: Students can expect to explore a range of mural painting techniques, including translating designs to walls, mastering spray paint techniques, stenciling, masking, and hand painting.

This course is designed as an intensive exploration of the entire mural making process. From conceptualization to completion, I’ll guide you through each step, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the art form.

As a class, we will collectively design and paint a brand new mural. Through collaboration and shared creativity, we will bring a unique piece of art to life that reflects the collective spirit of the community.

Taylor working on a mural.

One of Taylor’s mural paintings in Athens, GA.

 Colorful painting at Florida State University!

JCCFS: What can students expect to leave your class with?

TS: We’ll emphasize hands-on learning. Anticipate challenges, breakthroughs, and, most importantly, a lot of fun. This class is more than instruction; it’s an immersive experience where each step contributes to your growth as an artist.

Expect surprises in this creative journey. Mistakes become opportunities, transforming imperfections into unique expressions. This class is not just about the endpoint; it’s about cherishing every step of the process.

By the end of this class, you’ll have both the knowledge and confidence to complete a mural.

JCCFS: What do you enjoy most about teaching?

TS: For me, the true magic of art lies in the joy that spreads across someone’s face when they discover something new that truly excites them. Art has a unique power to evoke that sense of wonder, especially when you grasp a fresh technique or skill, and it just clicks—there’s no feeling quite like it.

JCCFS: What attracted you to the Folk School? What are you most excited about for your first-time teaching here?

TS: After teaching at Arrowmont this past summer, I have really been excited about teaching at other craft schools. John C Campbell Folk School is a school my Mom has talked about visiting, even before I knew what it was. Before this opportunity presented itself, she would show me the catalog, go online to read about the school and look at pictures of the campus. I’m really excited to teach at a new place, meet new artists, and embrace the learning environment at another craft schools. It is such a unique learning experience compared to University classes.

JCCFS: Where do you draw inspiration from for your work? 

TS: My artistic journey unfolds through research into the unique narratives of each place —nature, landmarks, heroes, and local stories. Engaging with the community, I draw inspiration from Americana styles, particularly the timeless charm of Route 66 and vintage postcards. By relying on the vintage postcard’s simplicity, I aim to bridge past and present, inviting viewers on a visual journey that fosters connection with the rich history and stories of the places I explore.

JCCFS: What’s one piece or craft object you’ve made recently that you are proud of, and why?

TS: I recently moved and there is a swing set in my backyard. I dismantled the bench swing and created an 8’x8′ wooden wall for me to practice murals on. It’s helping me get into large scale portraiture and to have a place to practice at home which is super exciting.

JCCFS: Where can folks find you if they want to stay up to date on your work? 

TS: My website is lazerchef.studios and you can find me on Instagram @lazerchef

Taylor with his mural class at Arrowmont.

Taylor’s unique mural style!

Good Trouble Memorial Wall, Valdosta, GA

Upcoming Class with Taylor

Mural Painting

March 24-30, 2024

Learn the ins and outs of mural painting during this weeklong intensive. Explore lettering techniques, how to scale an image up on a large wall, various spray-painting techniques, stencils, and more. We’ll also learn about mural history and how murals are created by and impact communities. Put your new skills to use collaborating with your classmates to create a piece together. All levels welcome.

About Taylor Shaw

Taylor Shaw (aka LazerChef) is the Co-Director of the Dedo Maranville Gallery at Valdosta State University where he teaches 2-D and 3-D Design, Senior Presentation and Exhibition, Stimulating Creative Behavior, and Murals. Taylor has been featured in multiple publications for his murals in the southeast. His largest and latest mural spanning 130 feet by 20 feet tall, is located in Tifton, GA. Shaw is a former chef and restaurateur with a love for street art who changed direction to become a full-time artist and teacher.

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