Whether you are a beginner or a professional artist, Townsend Atelier is a place where you will be allowed to learn, to experiment and to grow. We are dedicated to providing quality instruction in a wide variety of media to those who wish to advance their talents and interest in visual art. Taught by professional artists and art educators, we offer instruction in painting, drawing, sculpture, print making, mixed media, and a weekly open figure drawing studio. Our facility is located in the heart of the burgeoning Southside art district in Chattanooga, Tennessee. For students traveling from out of town, we are conveniently located near a variety of accommodations and dining options.

Pre-registration is required for all classes. You may register on line (link) or by phone 423-266-2712.

Gift certificates for class tuition are available. Contact us for details.

Classes to View:

    Summer Art Camp 2017


    5 different weekly sessions
    ages 6-16
    Monday-Friday | 9 am-3 pm

    Get ready for a full week of art, fun, and creativity by spending your summer making art at Chattanooga’s only art school, Townsend Atelier.

    All materials are included in the camp fee. Sign up for one week or for more!
    See full description for details.

    Drawing Essentials

    May 16-June 6
    Tuesdays, 9 am- 12 noon
    instructor:  Stan Townsend
    (last session before we break for the summer!)



    Figure Drawing

    4 weeks
    Wednesdays, June 7-28 | 6-9 pm
    Instructor:  George Dawnay

    All levels are welcome!

    Painting the Complex Still Life

    Thursdays, May 4-25
    9 am-12 noon
    Instructor:  Timur Akhriev

    Portrait Painting with the Zorn Palette with Felicia Forte

    May 19, 20, 21
    10 am-5 pm
    Instructor:  Felicia Forte



    THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please contact us to be put on a waiting list.

    Bad to the Bone | Anatomy Drawing with Roberto Osti

    May 26, 27 & 28
    9 am-4pm

    Just 1 spot left!

    also join us for SITE OF THE SOUL, a free lecture and book signing by Roberto on May 26
    click here for details


    Still Life Painting with Food

    June 5-9
    10 am-5pm
    Instructor:  Cindy Procious

    A Study of the Hand in Clay

    4 weeks | Tuesday, evenings
    June 6-27 | 6-9 pm
    Instructor:  Maria Willison

    Go Big or Go Home

    Monday evenings
    June 5-July 24 (skip week of July 4)
    6-9 pm
    Instructor:  Timur Akhriev

    Tonalism Landscape Painting with Christopher Groves

    June 23, 24 &25

    Only 1 spot left!

    Monthly Group Critiques

    6-9 pm
    Meets on the first Tuesday evening once a month July-December
    Instructor | facilitator:  Mia Bergeron

    This class is for artists looking for accountability and assistance in their private work, work ethic, and careers. We will meet monthly for six months, for a group critique led by Mia. More details below.

    Art Lessons for Homeschoolers

    Wednesdays, August 16-September 20
    6 week session

    Ages 6-11 years:  10-11 am
    Ages 12-17 years:  11 am-12:30 pm
    If booking multiple siblings, use coupon code “sibling” at checkout to receive discount.


    Art Babies! Parent/Child Art Classes

    Wednesdays | September 27-November 8 (skip October 11)
    10 am-11 am
    6 weeks | ages 2-5
    Child + a grown-up
    Instructor:  Jas Milam, MAAT


    Beginning Watercolor

    4 weeks | August 7-28
    9:00 a.m.- 12 noon
    Instructor:  Durinda Cheek


    Advanced Watercolor

    4 weeks | Mondays, August 7-28
    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


    Sculpting the Torso

    August 25 |  6-8 pm (demo & refreshments)
    August 26 & 27 (workshop) 10 am-5 pm
    Instructor:  Maria Willison

    Fundamentals of Landscape Painting Design & Composition

    Wednesdays,  August 2-30
    6-9 pm | 5 weeks
    Instructor:  Dave Salerno

    Oil Painting I

    August 7-September 4
    Monday evenings
    6-9 pm
    instructor:  Mia Bergeron


    Alla-Prima Portrait Workshop with Sean Cheetham

    September 8-11, 2017

    Lecture | Demo:  Friday, September 8, 6-9pm
    Workshop:  September 9,10, & 11 | 10am-5pm each day
    Instructor:  Sean Cheetham


    Beginning Sculpture

    4 weeks | Tuesday evenings
    October 10-31 | 6-9 pm
    Instructor:  Maria Willison

    Advanced Start to Finish Painting in 5 Days

    October 9-13
    10 am -4 pm
    Instructor:  Mia Bergeron

    Painting the Story in Still Life with Scott Conary

    September 30 & October 1
    10 am-5pm
    Instructor:  Scott Conary

    Painting the Figure with Expression with David Shevlino

    October 19-22 | 2017
    9 am – 5 pm
    Instructor:  David Shevlino


    The Poetic Still Life

    November 11 & 12
    10 am-4 pm
    Instructor:  Mia Bergeron

    Portrait Painting

    Monday evenings
    November 27-December 18
    6-9 pm
    Instructor:  Mia Bergeron

    Life Drawing | Open Studio

    Every Thursday evening
    6-9 p.m.


    Townsend Atelier Gift Card

    ‘Tis the season!  Make the artist in your life happy by giving them a gift card for a class, workshop or art materials in our store.

    Private Lessons for Kids | with Kristin Kendall

    For ages 5-18 years

    Townsend Atelier instructor Kristin Kendall is now offering private lessons in drawing, painting, art fundamentals, and application for ages 5 and up. Lessons will be individualized to the student with objectives, interests, and ability in mind.

    Each session is 1 hour in duration but may be increased according to age and objectives. Lessons may be scheduled on a week to week basis or in a discounted series of 4 and 8.  All lessons will be held at Townsend Atelier.

    Private Lessons with Stan Townsend

    Townsend Atelier co-owner and instructor Stan Townsend, offers private lessons for the student who wants individualized instruction and critique outside of the class or workshop setting. Lessons are offered in drawing, figure drawing, painting, printmaking, or moldmaking/casting.  More details below.

    Private Drawing Lessons | Laura Hausler

    Townsend Atelier instructor Laura Hausler is now offering private lessons for the student who wants individualized instruction and critique outside of the class or workshop setting. More details below.

    Private Lessons with Caleb Goggans

    Townsend Atelier instructor Caleb Goggans is now offering private lessons in drawing or painting for the student who wants individualized instruction and critique outside of the class or workshop setting. More details below.