Private lessons in my Takoma Park, MD studio:

Drawing from observation is an essential foundation for drawing from the imagination. Students will study proportion, value, and form in order to draw convincing forms in space. Advanced students will learn one- and two-point perspective. Elements of composition and design are also addressed.


Students should have a facility in drawing before beginning painting lessons. Class time is spent painting from observation, so that students develop an understanding of color, mixing color, and value. Students will also learn the principles of color theory as described by Johannes Itten and will experiment in limited palettes to develop their own sense of color harmony.

Art is a balance of technical ability, aesthetic judgement, and emotion. Regardless of style (abstract or realistic), the artist should have control of their materials and a deep understanding of color, atmosphere, and illusion. I am interested in helping the student develop their technical skills so that their range of expression is unlimited.

I have been teaching since 1993, in various schools and in my studio. I have taught at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, Delgado Community College (New Orleans), McGuffey Art Center (Virginia), and am currently offering private lessons in my studio in Takoma Park, MD.

Private lessons are $55/hour.

A six week commitment is required, to be paid in advance.

Cancellation policy

Once the class time has been agreed upon, changes must be made as follows: To reschedule a class, 48 hour notice is needed. Cancellations made with less than 48 hour notice will not be rescheduled or refunded. In the event of illness, please notify my by 9 am on the morning of class to reschedule. Rescheduling due to illness will be honored once per 12 week session. Cancellations should be made by phone, including text.

To arrange lessons, please email kate@katesamworth.com

Illustration Courses at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

July 17-21. Illustration Essentials for Teens

This weeklong intensive combines creative writing exercises with the essentials of drawing, perspective, and composition/design The course is designed to expand the students’ imagination and help them develop a personal approach to visual expression. Students will create a series of thumbnail sketches and finished pieces based on their own writing.

*coming this fall: two part Illustration course for adults in Continuing Education

Classes (held in my Takoma Park, MD studio)

Painting for ages 9-12

  • Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30
  • April 19th -June 14th
  • 9 weeks $300 (includes materials)


This is an introduction to color mixing and design with an emphasis on water-based media. Students will develop an understanding of color temperature, atmospheric perspective, and color harmony through a series of class experiments. They will examine paintings from around the world to develop their understanding of color harmony.


The Artist’s Book: Ages 9-15

  • Saturday, April 1st
  • 10am-2pm (bring a bag lunch)
  • $120 materials included

Students will learn to make several book structures in a variety of materials. They will make a hardcover blank book using traditional materials and softcover books using found and recycled materials.