Summer Art Camp 2019


6 different weekly sessions
ages 6-18
Monday-Friday | 9 am-3 pm

A 20% discount is available for siblings.  Please call us and register over the phone to receive this discount.

See full description below for details.


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $250 per week
All of our camps filled up last year so register early.

Spend your summer at Townsend Atelier!  Our popular summer art camp is back with all new art experiences for your child.   Choose from five different one-week day camp sessions for ages 6-15.  Each session is thoughtfully designed and taught by our professional artists and art educators. Age appropriate, educational, and fun, each camp is chocked full of a variety of art techniques and materials ranging from painting to drawing, to sculpture, to printmaking and more.

Campers will need to bring their own lunch each day.  All materials are included in the camp fee.  Each session is from 9am-3pm, M-F and held at Townsend Atelier’s spacious facility in the Arts Building in downtown Chattanooga.  Sign up for one week or for more!

To ensure a quality experience for all campers, each session will be limited to 12 participants.

Sibling discount! Register one child and a sibling gets a 20% discount.   Please register over the phone by calling us to apply this discount.



June 3-7 | 9 am-3 pm
ages 9-12 years
Instructors: Kristin Kendall & Carrie Pendergrass

This session is full. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Taking it back in time (whether a few decades or a few centuries!), students will learn fascinating techniques and insights that artists used in making art throughout history.   After trying their hand at the old school way, campers will learn how techniques have evolved and master using new materials and methods.  Two and three-dimensional mediums such as painting, drawing,  etching, making pigments, and creating a plaster sculpture will be explored, among others!  Students are sure to grow their skill and art smarts from this week of creativity.




June 10-14 | 9 am-3 pm
ages 6-8 years
instructors:  Carrie Pendergrass & Jas Milam

This session is full.  Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Let’s begin at the beginning! Students in this class will be introduced to some of the basic elements of art.    Young artists will develop how-to skills for drawing, painting, and mixed media, all while learning the proper use of materials, texture, and composition. Campers will experiment with a variety of materials including colored papers, paint, charcoal, oil pastels, and more.  Campers will have plenty of hands-on time and come home with a lot of beautiful artwork to show off what they learned!




June 24-28 | 9 am-3 pm
ages 13-15
instructors: Carrie Pendergrass & Bruno Poço

This session is full.  Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

If you have ever wanted to see your art come to life, then this camp is for you! We will explore the ideas of representing motion in traditional 2D ways such as drawing and printmaking, as well as exploring stop-motion animation with the aid of photography and digital programs to bring your 3D sculptures and everyday objects to life.   Although not a requirement to attend, students are asked to bring some form of a tablet if they have access  (i.e. iPad, laptop, or smartphone) which may be used in a few projects.



July 8-12| 9 am-3 pm
ages 6-8
instructors: Kristin Kendall & Jas Milam

This session is full.  Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Masterpieces come in all shapes, sizes, and materials.  Young artists will learn about the life and works of famous artists and art movements throughout art history like Pointillism with Seurat, mobiles with Calder, geometric painting with Mondrian, and wood assemblage a la Joseph Cornell.    This hands-on exploration of diverse materials and methods will include painting, sculpture, drawing, and mixed media.  Campers will have a portfolio of their own masterpieces to take home at the end of the week.



July 22-26 | 9 am-3 pm
ages 13-15 years
instructors:  Kristin Kendall & Bruno Poço

This session is full.  Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Whether it’s creating original characters or adding “character” and personality to your art, students will explore this idea throughout this week of hands-on, creative learning. Students will study many subjects, techniques, and mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital art. Although not a requirement to attend, students are asked to bring some form of tablet if they have access (i.e. iPad, laptop, or smartphone) which may be used in a few projects. Come ready to be challenged and ready with originality!


July 15-17 | 9 am-3 pm
(3 days only)
ages 16-18 (Highschool and pre-college)
instructor:  Bryan Strickland

Someone had to design the phone, tablet, or mouse you are using right now!   What about buildings, cars, restaurants, and product logos.  These are the careers of designers.  Where do you begin to learn about these careers?  This class begins with a simple explanation of the typical careers in the world of design.  We will spend most of our time exploring the basic concepts of design and the hands-on tools and skills needed for the first year of a design degree at a University.   We begin with idea development and how to visually express your ideas to others.  We move from two-dimensional design to visualizing in 3-dimensions to building models using quick, precise methods.  This class is ideal for high school students interested in a career in Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Graphic Design or anyone interested in design.  The only requirement necessary for this class is a desire to learn more about the world of design.


Kristin Kendall
Kristin Kendall (b.1986) is a progressive, internationally recognized artist whose primary objective is creating realistic representations of the human figure. Her formal training comes from Carson Newman University where she earned her B.A. in Art in 2008. Eventually realizing her skill should be shared, she received her certification to teach art from Lincoln Memorial University in 2011. Kristin fulfills her passion for capturing the likeness and essence of people by commissioning portraits. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America through which her work has been internationally recognized and continues to disclose her art on local, regional, and national levels through exhibits and competitions.  The unique combination of her natural creativity, formal training in design, and fascination for architecture have influenced her art with imagination, detail, and precision. Her work speaks for itself, capturing the simplicity and refinement of everyday life. Kristin teaches private and semi-private lessons year-round for kids at Townsend Atelier and is a regular summer art camp instructor.

Jas Milam
Jas Milam, MAAT, is an artist and art therapist with over 25 years of experience as a teaching artist. She has designed and taught art education programs for Allied Arts, The Hunter Museum, The Creative Arts Guild, the City of Chattanooga’s Arts and Culture Division and the Hamilton County School System for children and teens age 2-18. Her work as an artist in the studio continues to enrich her life, her teaching and her work with clients.  Jas is a regular teacher for our summer art camps.

Carrie Pendergrass:
Chattanooga-born artist, Carrie Pendergrass, has been making art for as long as she can remember. She received her B.F.A. degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting from the University of TN. Knoxville in 1997 and has been working as a freelance artist and in creative work environments ever since. She began teaching art in various public and private capacities to all age groups from child to adult, upon her return to Chattanooga in 1998. She eventually returned to school and in 2005 received her M.Ed. from the University of TN. Chattanooga, along with a certification to teach art in K-12. She worked as a full-time art teacher on the middle and high school levels until 2012, when she left teaching to pursue her dream of owning her own store/studio/ gallery & was able to do so by winning a small business grant via the River City Company’s Project Pop Up initiative program. She was the sole owner and operator of her shop for approximately 2.5 years. She had to close her brick & mortar store, Sewn to the Sky, at the end of 2014 but has continued making and showing her art and doing freelance art instruction. She is currently working for a local non-profit called the H*Art Gallery in Chattanooga, which offers a space for homeless, disabled and other non-traditional artists a place to sell their work, and provides art classes to disadvantaged populations in the community. She is also currently teaching art to 2nd-grade public school students on an Arts Build-managed grant funded Artist-in-Residency Program, in addition to other freelance art instruction and creating and showing her work in local and regional shows and galleries. Carrie is a regular teacher for our summer art camps.

Bruno Poço
Bruno Poçois a Portuguese-South African visual artist. He grew up in Johannesburg, where he attended the National School of the Arts and the University of the Witwatersrand. There, he earned a Fine Arts degree and specialized in drawing, printmaking, and photography. He also holds a post-graduate certificate in education and taught at the College of Digital Photography in Johannesburg for ten years. His own work ranges from etchings, woodcuts, and landscape drawings to fine art photography. His most recent photography exhibition, titled “Bicycle People”, was shown in Austin, Texas earlier this year. Bruno teaches printmaking and drawing at Townsend Atelier.

Bryan Strickland
Bryan Strickland graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Industrial Design and worked as a product designer with design firms in the U.S. and Europe.  For the last twenty years, he ran his own business designing and building a variety of sculptural, functional products from jewelry to furniture to staircases.   During this time he has worked closely with most every type of designer and builder.  Over the years he has taught classes at various high schools, the City of Chattanooga, the Hunter Museum and Penland School of Crafts.  For the last five years, he has been teaching in the Interior Architecture department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.