Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

Library Art Programs for Adults

Programs last 90 minutes, including a PowerPoint presentation and time to create with expert guidance. Maximum 30, ages 15+. All materials provided. Email me to inquire about fees or to book a program.


Trending: 2018 Illinois Bicentennial Programs


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Violets: A Bicentennial Painting Workshop

Happy 200th birthday, Illinois! To celebrate the Bicentennial, learn how to paint our state flower, the violet. First Christine will teach you how to draw violets using pencil on watercolor paper. Then learn to paint with watercolor pencils. Beginners welcome!


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Cardinals: A Bicentennial Painting Workshop

Happy 200th birthday, Illinois! To celebrate the Bicentennial, learn how to paint our state bird, the cardinal. First Christine will teach you how to draw a cardinal using pencil on watercolor paper. Then learn to paint with watercolor pencils. Beginners welcome!


Painting Programs


Modern Silhouettes: A Painting Workshop 

Beginners are welcome for this modern twist on a classic silhouette portrait. Choose a profile to draw freehand (or trace one of the provided printouts). Then let your imagination take over and fill in a painted design using watercolor pencils with Christine's guidance. 


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Fall Birch Trees: A Painting Workshop 

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!


Autumn Leaves: A Painting Workshop 

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!


Poinsettias: A Painting Workshop

Celebrate the season with us! A beautiful poinsettia flower will be our inspiration for this hands-on painting workshop. First Christine will teach you how to draw from photo reference using pencil on watercolor paper. Then learn to paint with watercolor pencils using several different techniques under Christine's guidance. Beginners welcome!  


Cardinals: A Painting Workshop

A winter cardinal will be our inspiration for this fun seasonal painting workshop. First Christine will teach you how to draw from photo reference using pencil on watercolor paper. Then learn to paint with watercolor pencils using several different techniques under Christine's guidance. Beginners welcome!  


Valentine Hearts: A Painting Workshop

Join us for this Valentine-themed painting class. Using watercolor pencils on paper, we'll turn a heart into a swirly abstract design. Your finished painting will be mounted on colored paper and can be kept for yourself or given as a gift. Beginners welcome!


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Flowers: A Painting Workshop

Flowers will be our inspiration for this hands-on workshop. First you'll choose a photo of a flower to draw on watercolor paper. Then you'll learn to paint with watercolor pencils and bring your drawing to life with color under Christine's guidance. Beginners welcome!


Butterflies: A Painting Workshop

Celebrate the season and express your creativity  with a painting workshop. First we'll draw a butterfly on watercolor paper from photo reference.  Then learn to use watercolor pencils under Christine's guidance to add vibrant color to your painting. Beginners welcome!


Paint to the Rhythm

Join us for this relaxing art program and get into the creative groove of abstract painting. Christine will teach techniques for painting to the rhythm of music using watercolor pencils. No art experience required!  You’ll leave with a small finished painting.


"Create a Quote of Art" Programs


Create a Quote of Art: An Inspirational Painting Workshop

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!


Create a Quote of Art: A Shakespeare Painting Workshop

Come join us and "Create a Quote of Art" inspired by the master bard himself. Christine will teach you how to incorporate a decorative design with an inspirational Shakespeare quote of your choice, then paint with watercolor pencils. Beginners welcome!


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Create a Quote of Art: A Poetry Painting Workshop

Come join us and "Create a Quote of Art". Christine will teach you how to incorporate a poetry quote into a decorative design, then add color with watercolor pencils. Quotes provided, or bring your own. Beginners welcome!


Valentine Cards: A Painting Workshop

Come join us and "Create a Quote of Art". Choose from many designs and quotes to create your own Valentine card in this fun art class. Draw with pencil, outline with marker, then paint with watercolor pencils under Christine's guidance. Each final painting can be glued onto paper and turned into a card. (Makes 1-3 cards total.)


Hands-on Art History Programs


Propaganda Posters: A Painting Workshop

By special request: a custom program designed to honor Veteran's Day and the 100th anniversary of The United States' entry into WWl. During WWl, governments of many countries designed and distributed posters to both inspire patriotism and foster an aversion to the enemy. In this hands-on workshop, we'll take a look at these fascinating images then either copy one of the designs or create your own using watercolor pencils under Christine's guidance. Beginners welcome!


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Mini Masterpieces: A Drawing Workshop

Anyone can learn to draw, or improve their drawing skills. In this class, art teacher Christine Thornton will teach you some "tricks" artists use when they draw. You'll choose from dozens of famous art reproductions to copy and create your own small scale "Mini Masterpiece" in colored pencil. No art experience required.


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Three Women Artists: A Drawing Workshop

Learn about three popular female painters: Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Mary Cassatt. Christine will start with a brief lecture slide show touching upon the lives and art of these three fascinating women.  Then you'll choose a reproduction of one of their paintings to copy in colored pencil under Christine's guidance. No art experience required.


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William Morris Patterns: A Drawing Workshop


Come learn about William Morris, whose lavish wallpaper patterns are still well known today, over 100 years after their creation. Choose from dozens of William Morris designs and create your own small colored pencil study whileChristine walks you through a high-success process. Beginners welcome! 


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Van Gogh's Sunflowers: A Drawing Workshop

Join us to learn about this fascinating artist. We’ll view a brief presentation featuring Vincent van Gogh’s life and art, then finish by drawing a small colored pencil study of one of his famous sunflower paintings. Christine will teach you some techniques for using colored pencil, how to draw accurately from observation, and more.


Dreamtime: Australian Dot Paintings

Learn about the Australian Aboriginal tradition of telling creation stories through symbolic paintings, called “dreaming”. Then use collage and tempera paint to create your own “Dreamtime” art.


Doodling/Drawing Programs


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Tangled Flowers: A Drawing Workshop

Flowers and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this hands-on art workshop. You will free hand draw or trace a flower 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! 


Tangled Butterflies: A Drawing Workshop

Butterflies and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this hands-on art workshop. You will free hand draw or trace a butterfly 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! 


Tangled Autumn Leaves: A Drawing Workshop

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! 


Tangled Snowflakes: A Drawing Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. No art experience required! Come learn about tangling and make a beautiful snowflake tangle with Christine's guidance and your own creativity.


Tangled Holiday Cards: A Drawing Workshop

Choose from many designs to create your own holiday card in this fun art class. First you'll learn about Zentangle. Then you'll create your tangled design using pencil, permanent markers and colored pencils under Christine's guidance. The final drawings will be glued onto decorative paper to create a card (makes 1-2 cards total).


Tangled Valentine Hearts: A Drawing Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. No art experience required! Come learn about tangling and enjoy coloring your own Valentine design with Christine's guidance and your own creativity. Can be made into a card, given as a gift, or kept for yourself!


Design Your Own Zendala: A Drawing Workshop

"Zendala" is a mix of two words: Zen (calming) and Mandala (a radial design). In this workshop you will design your own unique Zendala to color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. Christine also offers tips for improving your coloring techniques that you can put to use any time.  No art experience required; beginners welcome! 


The Art of Tangling: A Drawing Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Christine introduces the basics of tangling and encourages you to add your own creative twists as well. Designs can stay black and white or be colored with colored pencils.