Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

Christine Thornton's Home Studio Schedule

I've taught art lessons from my Mt. Prospect home studio since 2005. Scroll down to see the coming class schedules:  Summer Classes for Kids, Fall Classes for Kids, and (New!) Fall Classes for Adults. 

Summer Classes for Kids (ages 7+)

Registration continues for August classes. Each class will meet one time for 60 or 90 minutes.  $20 per person with all materials provided.  Details below. Click here to register. 

Galaxy Silhouettes: A Painting Workshop

Join us for this fun painting class. You'll transfer a silhouette design onto watercolor paper then learn how to paint a galaxy scene inside using watercolor pencils. $20 per person. Click here to register. 

Friday August 11, 1-2:30

Thursday August 17, 3-4:30

Shrinky Dink Charms: A Jewelry Workshop

Create your own necklace and keychain with shrinky dink pendants. 
Click here to register. 

Thursday August 10, 11-12:00

Wednesday August 16, 11-12:00

Friday August 18, 11-12:00

Pandas: A Painting Workshop

Paint a panda bear for your room using acrylic paint on canvas.
 Click here to register. 

Thursday August 10, 3-4:30

Wednesday August 16, 3-4:30

Friday August 18, 3-4:30

Manga Faces: A Drawing Workshop (ages 9+)

Learn how to draw Manga faces, focusing on eyes and hair.
Click here to register. 

Friday August 11, 3-4:30

Thursday August 17, 1-2:30

Rainbow Unicorns: A Painting Workshop

Paint a unicorn for your room using acrylic paint on canvas.
Click here to register. 

Thursday August 10, 1-2:30

Wednesday August 16, 1-2:30

Friday August 18, 1-2:30

Mini Sculpey Creations

Learn to create mini sculptures using Sculpey Clay.
Click here to register. 

Friday August 11, 11-12:00

Thursday August 17, 11-12:00

Fall Classes for Kids ages 7+

Weekly "Art Start" Classes

Registration for fall has begun! Art Start classes meet one hour per week for 8 weeks. Projects for the 2017 fall session include sculpting paper mache birds and drawing a bike from observation. Class times are listed below. Cost is $98 per student and $88 for each sibling after the first, with all materials provided.  Click here to register. Please bring cash or check to the first class or pay online any time here. To see past projects visit the student gallery here. 

Mondays 4:30 - 5:30
September 5 - October 23
(please note, the first week will meet on Tuesday September 5 because of Labor Day)


Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:30
September 6 - October 25


Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00
September 7 - October 26


Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00
September 7 - October 26


Fridays 12:00 - 1:00
September 8 - October 27


Fridays 4:00 - 5:00
September 8 - October 27


Have to miss a class? Your child is welcome to attend a different class during that same week where space allows.  Email me to schedule a makeup class.

Wednesday Fall Classes for Adults (New!)

Themed Classes and Open Studio

Registration for Adults has begun!  Themed Classes or Open Studio will meet Wednesday evenings for two hours. Themed Classes are $25 per person and Open Studio times are $5 per person. Class times are listed below.  Click here to register. Please bring cash or check to class, or pay online here. And feel free to bring your own beverages!

Themed Classes for Adults (on the Even Wednesdays)

Autumn Leaves: A Painting Workshop
Wednesday September 6th, 7-9pm

Capture the fleeting beauty of autumn with this fun painting workshop. First we'll draw a sugar maple leaf on watercolor paper from photo reference.  Then learn to use watercolor pencils under Christine's guidance and add vibrant color to your painting. Beginners welcome! Register here.

Birch Trees: A Painting Workshop
Wednesday September 20th, 7-9pm

Celebrate fall with a seasonal painting workshop. Christine will guide you through a fun, high success painting process. First we'll draw birch trees on watercolor paper and outline with permanent marker. Then learn to use watercolor pencils to add vibrant color to your painting. Beginners welcome! Register here.

Create a Quote of Art: An Inspirational Painting Workshop
Wednesday October 4th, 7-9pm

Create an inspirational "Quote of Art" to take home using permanent marker and watercolor pencils.  Different quotes and designs available to choose from, or create your own from scratch. Plenty of guidance is given, yet creativity is encouraged. Beginners welcome! Register here.

Tangled Fall Leaves: A Drawing Workshop
Wednesday October 18th, 7-9pm

Autumn leaves and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this hands-on art workshop. You will free hand draw or trace a leaf design to decorate and color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. You'll also learn coloring tips for improving your colored pencil techniques that you can put to use any time.  No art experience required; beginners welcome! Register here.

Open Studio Nights (on the Odd Wednesdays)

Wednesday evenings 7-9:00pm
September 13, 27, October 11, 25

Come join me while I work on my own art (probably jewelry!). I will have supplies from the Themed Class held the week before available if you need more time to work. Or perhaps you'd like to bring your own project.  Do you knit, crochet, paint, sketch, zentangle, scrap book, bullet journal? It's all good and it's all welcome. I won't be formally teaching anything but I'll be here to share studio space and create with whoever wants to join me. Open Studio fee is $5 per person. Feel free to bring your own beverage of choice.  Register here.