Christine Thornton's Art Studio

multimedia art lessons for children and adults

Frequently Asked Questions

What classes do you offer at your home studio?

Our Mt. Prospect home studio offers classes for kids ages 7-14. During the school year we have four sessions of multimedia “Art Start”. Each Art Start class meets once per week for 8 weeks. Projects are always new because of the many returning students. We also offer smaller commitments of one-time, 90-minute classes on days off from school and during the summer. See the current classes being offered here.

Do you teach classes for adults?

Yes, I teach one-time art classes for adults at libraries. The 90-minute drawing and painting classes are free and all materials are provided. Maybe I’ll be in your town soon! Check my “Upcoming Library Programs” page here. Don’t see your library on my list? Feel free to refer your local librarian to my website, they might be interested.


What can I do to encourage my young artist who isn’t old enough for classes yet?

I love this question. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. To encourage your little one, I recommend providing unstructured time, a dedicated space, their own supplies and loving support. For this age, the focus is on the process of making art more than the "quality" of the finished product.

Time- When my own art-loving daughter was little, I found that creativity happened best when we were home and having “down time”. If she said she was bored I would make a big deal about how that was a special moment because it meant her creativity was about to kick in. I’d tell her all she had to do was go sit at her art table and see what came to her.

Space and Supplies- We had a little plastic table and chairs for our art space. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Paper, pencils, markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint and brushes are great. I loved the spill proof water cup you see here. A dedicated space that can get messy gives little ones permission and freedom to create without hassle or worry.

Support- When she’d show me her art, I tried not to say things like "That looks so good! You are the best artist ever!", as tempting as that is. Instead, I would say things like: "Oh, I see you added red over here" (or bold lines, or tiny marks, or whatever you see). "Tell me about this part here...” or “Wow! This looks like it was so much fun to make” and “I love looking at your art. Is there a story behind it?" instead of "What IS it?" My goal was to get her reflecting and talking about what she made, and to encourage joyful exploration rather than trying to please me. Older children often become very preoccupied with the safety of making "good" art that is typically a copy of a teacher sample. Fostering creativity begins young. I would often write down any stories she told me about her art on the back of the paper for our future enjoyment.

And when your child turns 7? My classes are ready and waiting!