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 Wednesday until January 30, 2019

No experience required. Artists and non-artists are all welcome! We are excited to introduce a new series of classes that combines an art history lesson with a fun and meaningful hands-on art project. Looking back on contemporary art history there are...

Recurring weekly on Monday until January 28, 2019

Mondays | 4 weeks | January 7-28 | 9:00am - 12 noon This class is perfect for those who are just starting out with watercolors or those who would like a refresher course. Durinda will guide you through understanding the watercolor medium and...

Recurring weekly on Monday until January 28, 2019

Time to kick your paintings up a notch? This intermediate and advanced class is designed for students to work at their own pace. Receive individual instruction and discover your own unique style. Each session will begin with a brief review of one of...

Recurring weekly on Monday until February 4, 2019

January 7-February 4, Mondays Instructor: Mia Bergeron Back by popular demand, and with a vengeance! This five-week class is a tour de force in palette knife painting. Students will have the opportunity to work on several paintings throughout the...

February 11, 2019 - February 15, 2019

Instructor: Mia Bergeron Class will be limited to 10 students Join Mia in a 5-day painting marathon. Students will be working from large-format prints from a bank of images chosen by Mia. Mia will guide students through starting, set-up, creative...

Recurring weekly on Wednesday until March 13, 2019

Great for beginners or for those wanting to improve their drawing skills. The ability to draw is fundamental to improving your artwork no matter what medium you work with. In this 4-week class, students will learn how to draw what they see. Each week,...

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...

March 16, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Do you ever get bogged down with all the details in a face? Are you overwhelmed by the thought of painting a portrait? Make every stroke count! Intentional strokes can define and give mood to a painting without being overwhelming. Mia will help...

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...