Art Classes offered at Townsend Atelier on the Southside

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Townsend Atelier now offers classes in painting, watercolor, drawing, sculpting along with a Fall seminar on applying patinas and finishes at their new warehouse space at the corner of Main and Williams Street.

Our company grew out of a deep passion for quality, for art, for artists, and for offering materials not currently found on the market.

With our thirty-five years of combined experience in the art and materials fields, Townsend Atelier provides unique mold-making products and professional expertise to customers across the globe. We supply materials to sculptors, architectural and frame restorers, hobbyists, jewelers, taxidermists, model and prototype makers, candy makers, soap makers, candle makers, doll makers, puppet makers, and more.

Townsend Atelier offers a Life Drawing Open Studio on Thursday evenings from 6-9 PM.

Open studios are non-instructed sessions with live models. A combination of short and long poses will be done. Participants may work at their own pace and with whatever medium they wish to work with. Easels and tables will be provided.

Townsend Atelier also offers a Drawing Class for beginners on Tuesday evenings from February 22nd to March 18th.

Knowing how to draw is the foundation to all art forms. If you have never had any experience drawing or would like to hone your skills, this is the perfect foundation class for you. This basic drawing class will cover the many aspects of drawing such as value, form, perspective, light, mass and line.

In March, they will offer a one-day workshop called, “The Art of the Tin Can,” taught by Karen Rudolph.

Generally considered useless after the material inside is gone, tin cans provide material for whimsical creations. With a little ingenuity the possibilities are infinite … wall sculptures, toys, jewelry, handbags, clocks, lamps, and even musical instruments, can be fashioned to impress your pals.

And Townsend Atelier has a 6-week course taught by Mia Bergeron called, “Painting the Still Life in Oils,” from April 6th-May 11th.

Mia Bergeron’s interest in art was cultivated early on, beginning with continuous exposure to visual works through her parents’ graphic design firm in New York City. Mia has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and has studied and taught at the Charles H. Cecil Studio in Florence, Italy, a small private painting atelier primarily focused on the naturalistic tradition of such artists as Van Dyck, Velasquez, and John Singer Sargent. In May 2007, she was a national finalist for the American Artist Magazine Cover competition. In 2010, she was named one of the “Top 21 Artists Under 31 Years Old To Be Collected Now” by SouthWest Art Magazine. She is Adjunct Professor at UTC and will be a faculty member at this year’s Art of the Portrait Conference in Atlanta, GA.

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