Tourism Amid Coronavirus:

Discover virtual & outdoor experiences, industry resources & ways to help. Read More


Townsend Atelier

  • The Arts Bldg.
    301 E. 11th St.
  • 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 April 13, 2020

March 23-April 13, 2020 |Monday evenings from 6-9 pm | Instructor: Mia Bergeron Join Mia as she helps students work their way through the fundamentals of oil painting, including an explanation of materials, drawing, and values. This class will be...

April 4, 2020

Saturday, April 4 | 2020 11 am-3 pm Instructor: Aaron Sanders Head Participants will learn the basics behind hand-stitching, as well as the stitches and patterns of Sashiko stitching, as well as how to transfer patterns to fabric. After learning the...

April 5, 2020

Sunday, April 5 | 2020 10 am -4 pm Instructor: Aaron Sanders Head all levels are welcome! In this workshop, participants will explore the extensive worlds of indigo, hand-stitching, and quilt-making. In the first part of the workshop, participants...

Dates vary between April 20, 2020 - April 24, 2020

April 20-24 | 2020 10am – 4pm daily Instructor: Mia Bergeron *Class will be limited to 8 students Back by popular demand, this 5-day intensive class is structured to help painters pick up extra tools in order to take their paintings to the next...

May 1, 2020

Townsend Atelier opens its new Townsend Atelier Gallery space with a solo show by John McLeod. In a solo show at Chattanooga’s Townsend Atelier gallery opening May 1, McLeod introduces this concept with several integrated sets of paintings and...

Recurring weekly on Monday until May 25, 2020

May 4-25 | 2020 Monday evenings from 6-9 pm Instructor: Mia Bergeron A great great follow-up to any oil class, but particularly to Mia’s Intro to Oil Painting, though not necessary, this class will continue building on the strong foundations of...

Dates vary between May 16, 2020 - May 17, 2020

May 16 & 17 | 2020 10 am-5 pm Instructor: Nick Runge In this two-day workshop, visiting artist, Nick Runge will teach students how to paint a portrait in watercolor. Nick will first demonstrate his approach and method while explaining the choices...

Dates vary between June 1, 2020 - June 5, 2020

June 1-5 | 2020 10 am-5 pm Instructor: Catherine Kehoe We are thrilled to bring Catherine Kehoe back to Townsend Atelier for another workshop in 2020. Her workshops fill up quickly so register as soon as you are able. Still life will be the starting...

June 8, 2020 - June 12, 2020

SESSION I | BEYOND THE BASICS June 8-12 | 9 am-3 pm Ages: 9-12 | Cost: $250 (early bird by April 1 $230) Instructors: Kristen Kendall & Carrie Pendergrass Even if you are not a beginner, this will be a great way to be re-introduced to some of the...

Recurring every week day until June 26, 2020

SESSION II | Art FUN-damentals June 22-26 | 9 am-3 pm Ages 6-8 | Cost $250 (early bird by April 1 $230) Instructors: Carrie Pendergrass & Bruno Poço Let’s begin at the beginning! Students in this class will be introduced to some of the basic...

Dates vary between June 27, 2020 - June 28, 2020

June 27 & 28 10 am-5 pm Instructor: Cindy Procious Back by popular demand! Students will set up a small still life using a single object of their choice, and working on a 5 x 7” or 6 x 6” panel, to create their own tiny painting that packs a big...

Recurring every week day until July 3, 2020

SESSION III | STUDIO SAMPLER FOR TEENS June 29-July 3 | 9 am-3 pm Ages: 13-15 | Cost: $250 (early bird by April 1 $230) Instructors: Kristin Kendall & Carrie Pendergrass This is a one-size-fits-all art camp designed just for teens and soon-to-be...

Dates vary between July 11, 2020 - July 12, 2020

July 11 & 12 | 2020 10 am-4 pm Instructor: Mia Bergeron Still life painting can offer a world of learning benefits to artists- not only can we study the techniques of oil painting, but we can also learn to use visuals as a way to communicate...