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 October 8, 2018

September 10-October 8, Mondays Instructor: Mia Bergeron Do you ever wish you had a more solid understanding of basics in oil paint? Never tried them before? This is a great class for anyone looking to build more solidly on what they already know, or...

Recurring weekly on Friday until September 28, 2018

Instructor: Durinda Cheek All levels are welcome! Urban sketching is the act of drawing while on location in areas that you live in or travel to. You can sketch at your local farmer’s market, coffee shop, public park, museum, or favorite street. It is...

October 5, 2018

After spending several years in England, Grant Wood has returned to his native Chattanooga and will be exhibiting a large body of artwork at Townsend Atelier. The show will be full of landscape and figurative works painted in England and in America...

October 6, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Instructor: Mia Bergeron Still life paintings can say just as much about an emotion as a portrait or figurative painting. In this class, Mia will discuss how to set up a still life that leads to more questions than what the eye first sees. She will...

October 28, 2018

Do you ever find it hard to come up with great concepts or titles for your next piece? Whether you’re a painter, sculptor, fiber or mixed media artist, we all need ways to generate new ideas and to break out of well-worn paths. In this fun,...

November 2, 2018 - November 3, 2018

Chattanooga's Townsend Atelier is hosting one of only two Fall Portrait Academies held this year. Portrait Academies are a series of educational weekends for figurative painters that provide a unique opportunity to watch, learn and talk with...

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...

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...