Teacher Directory: Anastasia Semash


I am an artist and art instructor from Arlington, Massachusetts. I’ve been teaching since 2006, for the last six years mostly focused on doing the instruction in studio art to students of different ages – children, teens and adults. Now I mostly teach in my own studio in Belmont, MA.

I have been doing various kinds of art since childhood, trying oil and acrylic painting, knitting, felting, sculpting, digital drawing, and illustration. I enjoy the fusion of different techniques, materials and themes. I received my Master of Arts from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, with major in Philosophy and additional focus on Aesthetics and History of Art and Design, in 2000. My PhD dissertation was devoted to aesthetic aspects of advertising. I started my career working in graphic arts and publishing, but later moved towards studio art and continued my education at the Northwestern Institute of Printing Arts, St. Petersburg (2007-2009), where I had a chance to study painting, academic drawing, book illustration, typography and more. In the US I completed a 2-year program in Illustration  at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2015. Botanical art is my recent love. After making a series of attempts to create botanical illustrations using the existing skills, I realized that I need to get more formal instruction, so took a series of courses in Botany, Botanical Illustration (e.g. a Botanical Illustration course at Cornell University), and Natural History Illustration, which unveiled a whole world before me. The acquired skills in drawing and painting botanicals, along with the knowledge of theory and history of botanical illustration helped me to create my own artworks, and also to develop new courses that I teach.

My main materials are graphite and colored pencils, I also use pen & ink, watercolors, and watercolor pencils. 


Arlington, MA United States


Phone: 2026743050 Email: anastasia@kanareykin.com Website: http://artsemash.com/


colored pencils,


artistic approach to illustrate species


Own StudioTeaches AdultsTeaches Children Ages 8-14 Critiques offered

Travel Range

no travel outside Massachusetts