Summer 2019 / Painting Simple Forms with Tim 

June 10, 2019
9 am – 5:00 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 Postellart@gmail.com     or call 919-810-4680

This class focuses on how you can take ordinary, maybe even mundane objects, and create visually powerful paintings. You will learn how to create dynamic compositions that are filled with emotional impact using only a few simple objects in an uncluttered environment. Students will learn to set up and light a still life from subject matter of their choice and will work from observation.

The class will start with Tim covering some basic strategies and techniques for setting up and lighting a still life for maximum effect along with creating a compelling composition. He will talk about how you can incorporate photo references in situations where the subject matter has limited shelf-life. For example, sliced apples, ice cream or soft leaf vegetation, are things that change color, wilt or melt/breakdown quickly. He will show you techniques for getting the initial drawing easily and accurately onto your canvas, even if you have very little drawing experience. This will be followed by a step by step demo where he discusses his process as the painting progresses. He will talk about integral components that help to create stronger paintings, like: composition, blocking in, developing strong light and shadow patterns, values, value shapes, form, 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