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) .

I will be attending a month-long artists' residency in Portugal next spring, so no classes are scheduled.




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