Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

About Christine


My life path has emerged from a love of art and family. My husband and I moved to Mt. Prospect in 1995, where I was an elementary school art teacher for three years. (I have a BFA in art education from the University of Illinois at Champaign.) When our kids were born, I became a stay at home mom. During those early years I illustrated a children's book. When our youngest child went to kindergarten in 2005, I opened my studio doors and started teaching art lessons to children, and I've been teaching here ever since!

In 2008 I also started taking the show on the road. Since then I've taught drawing and painting classes at over 160 libraries throughout the Chicago area. Click here to see where I'm going next. 

Making art has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid growing up in Crystal Lake, I loved to draw animals, especially horses (I drew the horse on this page when I was 7). When I was a teenager I loved to draw people. In college I made abstract paintings.  I tend to go through art phases! I've been an illustrator, a knitter, a painter. Lately I've been making jewelry. 

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Here are my children when I opened the studio in 2005 and more recently (still a couple of cuties!). You might see them around if you take art lessons at my studio. You can probably tell that we like camping- many of my favorite family photos are from our camping trips. Here I am with my husband in the Colorado Rockies. 


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I love being part of my students' creative journeys. I hope to see you soon!
 

Thanks for visiting,

Christine