Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

About Christine

I love my family and I love teaching art! My career path has emerged from both of these loves. I used to be an elementary school art teacher at Euclid and Indian Grove in Mt. Prospect. (I have a BFA in art education with a minor in painting from the University of Illinois at Champaign.)

When my kids were born, I quit teaching so I could stay home with them. During those early years I tried my hand at children's book illustration but ultimately missed teaching and decided to return to my roots. I opened my home studio doors in 2005 when our youngest child went to kindergarten, and I've been teaching here ever since! In 2008 when attendance surpassed what my little house could handle, I started taking the show on the road. Since then I've taught a variety of media at my home studio and 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 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, both in my studio and at libraries. I hope to see you soon. Let's create together!


Thanks for visiting,