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

Classes (held in my Takoma Park, MD studio)

Painting for ages 9-12

  • Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30
  • September 20th- December 13th (no class Thanksgiving week)
  • 12 classes $375 (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. Students will examine paintings from around the world to develop their understanding of color harmony.



contact kate@katesamworth.com to register


Saturday, October 21st

11am-3pm, $125 includes all materials for 8×10 frame of matted artwork and one miniature frame

Framing artwork can be very expensive. This workshop teaches students how to frame artwork for professional presentation. This includes instruction on how to cut mats, mount artwork, fit frames, and attach hangers. Demonstrations on refurbishing frames will also be given. This includes metal-leafing, painting, and staining. Students will refurbish a miniature frame using one of these techniques.

Students will be provided with materials for an 8×10 frame and for one miniature frame to refinish, and so should bring two pieces of art or photographs of 4×6 inches or smaller.

Framing Lab

Sunday, October 22nd


10am-4pm- sign up for minimum of one hour

Students enrolled in Saturday’s framing workshop will have the opportunity to bring their artwork, matboard, and frames to use the workshop and have assistance in cutting mats, mounting, and framing.


Mezzotint is a direct, chemical-free method of intaglio printing, unique in its tonality, richness, and potential for soft edges. A demonstration on rocking the plate will be given, but students will work with pre-rocked plates. They will learn to transfer an image to the plate and be coached through the process of printing and altering the plate. Proper care for and sharpening of tools will be explained.
Level: Advanced

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