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Art At The Barn

Local teacher Katherine Rausch offers fun and unique art lessons for all ages at her farmhouse studio – specializing in pet portraits and colorful oil paintings.

My Biggest Passions


I have been teaching art for the past 5 years and taught at Chapman, Spartanburg Day School, District One Special Internships, Spartanburg Science Center, and Boys and Girls Club’s after school programs. For the past years, I have been doing Paint Your Pet classes at Paisley Paw and teaching privately as well. I have taught ages 5 to 80 at various skill levels: including painting, clay, print making, and mixed media projects.


After leaving the corporate world and a small cottage bread baking business, I decided to go back to my roots and do what I loved: PAINT! The goal was to create a complete body of work, 20 pieces, of just dogs. Seven years and 400 dogs later, I now paint commissions regularly.

Art Camps

As a teacher, these camps will be set up with specific goals in mind. Students will learn step by step how to take their ideas from a thumbnail sketch to a full large canvas. We will work on color, techniques, and art history while we do our research! Because the classes are limited to 4 to 6 students, personal attention to each student’s needs will be met.


Ten years ago, I stepped backstage at Spartanburg Little Theatre as a dresser for Irma Vep. Since then, I have worn several hats in the theatre including Assistant Stage Manager, Props Master, Backstage Crew Member, and most recently Scenic Painter.

Katherine has been both a phenomenal friend in my life and an artist who has captured my fur babies in their element and my heart.

Liz BramlittCommissionee

The class structure, space and instruction are all first class. I was very pleased with my dog’s portrait. Katherine is an excellent teacher.

Suzanne ModderStudent

I’ve had 3 portraits done of my German Shepherd Dogs and she NAILED every. Single. One. A must for pet owners and no better gift for any pet owners you care about.

Ray StokesCommissionee

Incredible artist who cares about her clients pets and their stories! Amazing service and I will be recommending her every chance I get to anyone! Outstanding!

Charlotte LouiseCommissionee

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