student testimonials

As an instructor, TJ is excellent at explaining and demonstrating how natural light falls on features like fields, hills, trees, and man-made objects. He helped me to begin to see the variety of colors in those objects.
— Linda
I was lucky enough to attend two of Tim’s workshops in Middlebury, VT and they were terrific! Now when I paint I take more time to look carefully for those moments of color and light that make each subject unique.
— Barrett
I really enjoyed TJ’s portrait workshop. TJ offered valuable insight and specific guidance on painting realistic portraits and capturing a likeness. Highly recommended!
— Peter

Upcoming Destination Workshops

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washington dc plein air | September 21-24, 2018

The focus of this workshop is learning to see reflected light and color in landscape painting. Working from life, TJ Cunningham will demonstrate his process during daily demonstrations and then assist attendees as they complete their own paintings. This focused, four day workshop will be conducted outdoors at various wooded sites in the Broadlands neighborhood of Ashburn, VA. We will locate close to amenities and parking. All levels of experience are welcome. Composition, drawing, and basic value and color distribution will all be discussed.


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Hilton Head Landscape Workshop | november 12 -14, 2018

This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to explore landscape painting from the studio. TJ Cunningham has spent hundreds of hours outdoors painting from life and will show students how to create an authentic painting by interpreting rather than copying a photograph. Design, color and paint quality are just a few of the ideas that will be presented as tools that can bring a landscape painting to life.



upcoming vermont workshops

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Kingsland Bay plein air | august 6-8, 2018

TJ Cunningham will host a private, plein air workshop at the Kingsland Bay state park in Ferrisburgh, Vermont. The park is situated along the shore of Lake Champlain with dense woods, fields and unique architecture all available as subject matter. The class will be limited to 10 or fewer attendees to allow more one on one instruction per student. 


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southern vermont art center | August 30 – September 1, 2018

Weather permitting this class will be held entirely outdoors on the beautiful grounds of the Southern Vermont Art Center. One of the best ways to learn how to paint is by watching and TJ will spend each morning demonstrating his painting process. Students are invited to take notes, paint along or both. Following a brief lunch break everyone will choose a nearby subject that interests them. Cunningham will spend the rest of the day giving one on one assistance and advice. During this personalized instruction paint quality, value pattern, abstraction and many other ideas will all be discussed as valuable tools when used in landscape painting.