Summer 2019 / Paint Plein Air Landscapes with Tim 
9 am – 5:30 pm (Lunch in the middle)
1 Day Workshop

Cost $120.00

Age 18 + for those with some experience in oil and acrylic painting and basic drawing skills

Maximum 12 students

To register: email     or call 919-810-4680

This class is made up of two components

Part 1:

The class will start the day on location where Tim will discuss tips for setting up your equipment and will demonstrate various approaches and techniques that will help take the hassle and fear out of plein air painting. Tim will also discuss the importance of photographing the location you are painting to use as a future resource in the studio. While on location, Tim will demo his process of developing the composition through simple thumbnail sketches to blocking in the actual painting and then putting in the final details. The class will then create a plein air painting while Tim gives one on one assistance as they work.

Part 2:  

After a Lunch break, the class will meet back at Tim's Studio at the Village Art Circle in Cary for the second half of the class. Tim will demonstrate his process for creating a larger studio painting using the Plein air/field study in conjunction with the onsite photos. This will include how to scale up the image and transfer it to the larger canvas as well as a step by step demonstration of how to block in the light and shadow patterns before addressing the details of the painting. He will discuss his process as the painting progresses. He will talk about integral components that will help create better paintings like: composition, blocking in, developing strong light and shadow patterns, values, value shapes, form, atmospheric perspective, brush work and color/color temperature etc.


Tim's "Simplicity to Complexity" approach will have an immediate effect on the way you see and approach your paintings. He will teach you how to see simply and how to simplify and breakdown the most complex subjects in order to create a stronger foundation to build your paintings upon. The techniques and information you learn will improve your painting abilities no matter the subject you prefer/choose. He combines traditional, contemporary and abstract approaches to his workshops.

Tim is a North Carolina native who brings over 20 years of experience as a painter to his workshops and classes. His ability for translating complex painting principles/concepts into simple easy to understand instructions will help you create more dynamic paintings of your favorite subjects.


About the Instructor

Tim was born and raised in North Carolina. After high school, he served in the US Air Force and worked for an electrical company for several years before going to college. He received a BFA in studio painting from East Carolina University and his MFA in studio painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. He has been teaching college art courses for over 14 years. He lives in Knightdale, NC with his wife Teresa and dog Luna. On most days, Tim can be found in his studio at Village Art Circle: Studio and Gallery in downtown Cary, North Carolina or out on location somewhere in the countryside painting landscapes. Tim paints in a diversity of styles from the rural landscape through plein air and studio painting, still lifes, portraiture and narrative based art. Tim’s paintings are in many private and corporate collections  throughout the United States as well as many other countries around the globe including Germany, Australia, England, Singapore, and Japan, just to name a few.


PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY:  Spaces are limited to 12 so register early! A waiting list will be formed if needed. To reserve a place in the workshop, you must register with full payment of $120.
NO REFUNDS will be given unless we have someone on a waiting list willing to take your place. In this case only, a full refund will be given to you upon payment from someone on the waiting list. The VAC reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case, a full refund for the workshop cost will be refunded to you.


You will need to bring your own supplies. The gallery will provide chairs, tables, and easels while working inside the studio but these items will not be provided when working outside the studio, for example when plein air painting on location.

Supply list will be provided once registration and payment is complete

Materials List: Tim Postell Workshop


Paint comes in a wide variety of colors, qualities and prices. If you are just beginning, I have a couple of suggestions that I believe will help you:

  1. Buy artist grade paints and not student grade Paints. You can get good quality paint without having to cash in your 401k's.

  2. Use a limited palette like the one I give as an example below. You do not need every color under the sun to make great paintings, in fact, it is quite the opposite.  

Over time, every artist develops their own preferences on colors and brands and the longer they paint the more they develop a core palette of colors you use regularly on your palette.

I work with a warm and cool palette - that means that I have warm and cool colors of each primary. I have a couple of neutral colors on my palette as well.


Please bring the colors listed below or your preferred substitutions along with any other of your favorite colors. Standard 37ml tubes or smaller are fine for this class.


Titanium White
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Yellow Light

Cadmium Yellow Medium

Cadmium Red Light

Alizarin Crimson

Ultramarine Blue

Cerulean Blue or Cerulean Blue Hue or Manganese Blue
Ivory Black
Raw Umber

Additional optional colors
Cobalt Blue
Burnt Sienna
Naples Yellow



Bring One of the following (a small bottle is fine) or your favorite medium:

  • Gamblins Galkyd slow dry or Galkyd Lite (my current favorite)

  • Winsor Newton Liquin

  • Utrecht Alkyd Medium


Gamsol or Webber odorless (blue label container) or any other odorless mineral spirits you prefer.(will be provided if you are flying from out of town.)


Brushes: A set of brushes suitable for oil or acrylic paint, natural or synthetic. A mixture of at least three or four sizes, ranging from 3/16” to at least 1” in width. Filberts or Flats - which ever you prefer. Plus any other favorites you prefer to use. Ex. - Grand Prix xtra Long Filberts and Flats or Raphael's Kevrin+ are good brushes.


Metal Palette Knife - one with an offset handle


Disposable palette, wooden, glass or your preference. Disposable palettes are ideal for a workshop setting.


Painting Supports

Canvas or panels:
Stretched cotton or linen canvas or wood/metal panels if preferred
Sizes for still life workshops: bring 2/3- 9×12,11×14,14×18,16×20-yourchoice.

Sizes for Landscape workshops:

  • Painting from Photos Class - 2 small supports - 9×12,11×14,14×18,16×20-your choice

  • Plein Air Workshop - 2 small supports from above and 1 large support - 18 x 24 or 24 x 30- your choice

You can bring in addition any other supports you like



  • Pencil or Vine Charcoal (medium or soft) or both

  • Eraser (old fashioned pink eraser works well)

  • Sketch or drawing pad

  • Rags or paper towels (blue shop towels work well)

  • Two containers with lids for solvent. metal or plastic (No glass jars please)

  • One small container for painting medium (palette cups or small plastic jars)

  • An apron or a smock or some old clothes in case you get paint on them

  • Optional latex or Nitrile gloves - helps you keep your hands clean and allows for quicker cleanup
    (You can buy them at your local pharmacy or hardware stores)

  • Sun block - Landscape plein air workshop only.


Toning Your Canvases Prior to Class is Optional:
The painting surface: Mix equal parts of Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre and Ultramarine Blue with a large brush and spread small amount of paint mixture all around the canvas. Using a cloth dampened with Gamsol, lightly scrub the paint into the canvas or panels’ surface allowing the white of the canvas to show through. The result should be a warm transparent layer of neutral color and medium tone which should be a warm, medium-light grey. Let dry for at least 24 to 48hrs.

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