Townsend Atelier

  • The Arts Building, 301 E. 11th Street
  • Chattanooga, TN 37402

Townsend Atelier is a visual art school and fine art materials store dedicated to excellence.  Founded in 2007, Townsend Atelier grew out of a deep passion for art, for artists, and for quality art materials.

Located in the newly refurbished Arts Building in downtown Chattanooga, TN, our facility has a retail store chocked full of fine art materials and over 2,000 square feet of gorgeous light-filled studio space where we offer classes and workshop to all ages and levels.

All classes are taught by professional working local and visiting artists who are top in their field.  Our students range from the beginner to professional artist who seek to develop their artistic skills in a unique and welcoming atelier setting.  For students traveling from out of town, Townsend Atelier is conveniently located near a variety of wonderful accommodations and dining options.

Classes & Workshops:
Oil Painting
Watercolor Painting
Summer Art Camp for Kids

Retail Store:
Our retail store offers an array of thoughtfully selected art materials including:
Mold-making and casting materials
Patinas & Finishes
Paints and brushes
Drawing Supplies
Sculpture supplies

Throughout the year, we also offer many public programs:
Artist demos & lectures
Special events

We invite you to visit us on-line and join our e-mail list to receive updates on programs and class schedule.

  • Free parking:
  • Handicapped access:
Recurring weekly on Monday until March 25, 2019

Want to get your feet wet with oil painting, but feeling a bit intimidated? This class is designed to start your practice on the right foot from the beginning. Mia will go over materials, technique, drawing and finding proportions. Great for the total...

April 1, 2019 - April 5, 2019

Instructor: Hollis Dunlap We are thrilled to have Hollis Dunlap back to Townsend Atelier! We will focus on creating a strong sense of 3-dimensional space and form by looking at light effects, proportions, edges, and various methods of paint...

April 13, 2019 - April 14, 2019

Instructor: Jesse Lane Award-winning, visiting artist, Jesse Lane, will lead a two-day workshop teaching how to create a dramatic and highly realistic portrait in colored pencil. Jesse will teach his signature portraiture style, including his special...

June 2, 2019

Instructor: Aaron Head Class will be limited to 10 students. If you did not get a chance to take these sold-out workshops in 2018, now is your chance! We are thrilled to invite Nashville-based visual artist, Aaron Head back to Chattanooga for another...

June 21, 2019 - June 24, 2019

We are excited to bring Chris Groves back for his annual workshop at Townsend Atelier in 2019. His workshops are always excellent, informative, and fill up quickly, so register as soon as you are able. This three-day workshop will cover how to use the...

July 21, 2019

Hollie’s workshops always fill up quickly so snag your spot as early as you can! This one-day workshop will begin with a brief history of collage and introduce some favorite artists working in mixed media from history and today. We will look at...

August 10, 2019 - August 11, 2019

We are excited to have Daniel Clay back at Townsend Atelier for his popular carving workshop. In this two-day workshop, students will receive comprehensive instruction in the fundamentals of chip carving, a decorative technique in which faceted...