Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

About Christine

My two greatest passions are my family and art. I have a BFA in art education from the University of Illinois (Champaign) with a minor in painting. I used to be an elementary school art teacher (at Euclid and Indian Grove in Mt. Prospect). When our kids were born, I quit teaching so I could stay home with them. I opened my own art studio in 2005 when my youngest child went to kindergarten, and I've been teaching here ever since! In 2008 I started taking the show on the road, teaching art at libraries as well. Since then I've been to over 160 libraries throughout the Chicago area. Click here to see where I'm going next. 

Making art has been 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 truly think I have the best job in the world.


Thanks for visiting!