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:

    Portrait Society | Portrait Academy

    Portrait Society of America | Portrait Academy
    October 27-28

    This workshop is full.  Please contact us to be placed on a waiting list.

    The Poetic Still Life

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

    Advanced Start to Finish Painting in 5 Days

    November  13-17
    10 am -4 pm
    Instructor:  Mia Bergeron


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

    Beginning Watercolor

    4 weeks | November 20, 27, December 4, 11
    9:00 a.m.- 12 noon
    Instructor:  Durinda Cheek



    Advanced Watercolor

    4 weeks | November 20, 27, December 4, 11
    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Instructor:  Durinda Cheek


    Portrait Painting

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

    Drawing Essentials

    November 28-December 19
    Tuesdays,  | 4 week session
    10:00 am-1:00 pm
    instructor:  Stan Townsend

    please note new time!




    Introduction to Paper Cutting

    December 10
    1-5 pm
    Instructor:  Kim Phillips
    Beginners are welcome.  No experience necessary.

    Just 1 spot left.


    Life Drawing | Open Studio

    Every Thursday evening
    6-9 p.m.


    Press Rental

    Available for rental at an hourly rate.
    Discount for AVA members.

    Monthly Group Critiques

    6-9 pm
    Begins July 11
    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.

    Landscape Painting with Acrylics


    January 20 & 21
    9:30 am-4:30 pm
    Instructor:  Brett Weaver

    Figure Painting in Oils from Life with Hollis Dunlap

    March 5-9
    9 am-4pm
    Instructor:  Hollis Dunlap

    Just 4 spots left!

    Painting the Portrait in Pastel with Ellen Eagle

    May 7-10
    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    Instructor:  Ellen Eagle

    space is limited so early registration is encouraged

    Landscape Painting Workshop with Christopher Groves


    June 22-24
    10 am-5 pm

    Back by popular demand, Christopher Groves will be returning to Townsend Atelier in June 2018.  Stay tuned for details which will be posted soon and be sure to sign up for our email mailing list to receive updates.

    Alla-Prima Portrait Workshop with Sean Cheetham

    September 21-23
    10am-5pm each day
    Instructor:  Sean Cheetham


    The Head Examined with Catherine Kehoe

    October 12-14
    10 am-5 pm
    Instructor:  Catherine Kehoe

    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 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.