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CHATTANOOGA. Townsend Atelier is hosting a two-day workshop outside its walls on June 11 and June 12, when students are directed to paint some of Chattanooga’s scenic river views and urban landscapes. The unique two-day workshop will be led by Brett Weaver, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day with an hour break for lunch. The cost of the workshop is $225 and advance registration is required.

This spring, Townsend Atelier expanded its operation and scope of classes with a move to a larger studio classroom in a renovated brick two-story commercial building called The Arts Building.

The Atelier shares the 15,0000 square-foot creative hive with other arts organizations including the city’s arts advocacy group, Arts Build, as well as Sound Corps and Southern Lit Alliance. The Arts Building is the result of a $1.5 million renovation of the 100-year-old Dover Building at the corner of 11th and King Streets within ‘Gig City’s’ emerging Innovation District and serving to further expand the Southside as an arts district.downtown-chattanooga-768x511

‘Painting the City’ is one of many classes Townsend Atelier offers, and their students travel from across the region for the in-depth, skills-based apprentice approach. They have elevated the benchmark of fine art education outside academic institutions.

For complete information on summer and fall classes in painting, drawing, charcoal sketching, copper-plate etching, palate knife painting, and sculpture, click HERE.

Gift certificates for classes are available and owners Stan and Peggy Wood Townsend offer their own line of high quality silicon molding and casting materials with customers around the globe through online sales and a 30-year relationship with brick-and-mortar art shops across the country.

More about Townsend Atelier’s ‘Painting the City’ workshop: 

Day 1:
Students will work on planning and developing a good design. Brett Weaver’s approach is about seeing the big picture and focusing on the basic, solid shapes of light and shadow. He encourages his students to look at the landscape as shapes and values and totally forget about the specific object or subject.

Day 2
The focus will be on color harmony and relationships. Every good painting, whether it’s abstract or traditional representational work, must be built on a solid foundation of strong design and color harmony. Brett will continually stress that good planning is equally important as the time spent applying the paint.

Brett will offer painting demonstrations and lecture in the mornings and students will paint in the afternoon with one-on-one instruction and guidance. Discussions will also include the other important fundamentals of composition, drawing, edges and textures. There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. The class will be held outdoors and in the event of rain, the students will move inside the Atelier and continue to work from photos. For students traveling from out of town, Townsend Atelier is conveniently located near a variety of accommodations and eateries. To register online and see the materials list, click HERE or call 1-877-903-1488 or 423-266-2712.

For more information on the ‘Painting the City’ art instructor, visit Brett Weaver Studio

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Townsend Atelier instructor Mia Bergeron is one of many artists that have helped revive the technique of fine portraiture.