Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

Library Art Programs for Adults

Programs are hands-on and 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. 


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!


Winter Programs for 2018-19


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*New Program*
Cozy Cottage: A Winter Painting Workshop 

Northern lights soar above a cozy winter cottage nestled in a pine forest. Learn to use some basic watercolor pencil techniques like gradated washes, wet on wet, dry brush and more. Then create your own beautiful painting under the guidance of art teacher Christine Thornton. Beginners welcome!


Tangled Snowflakes: A Winter 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 Hearts: A Valentine’s 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!


Valentine Cards: A Painting Workshop

Choose from many designs and quotes to create your own hand-painted Valentine cards in this fun art class. Draw with pencil, outline with marker, then paint with watercolor pencils under Christine's guidance. Each final painting will be glued onto paper and turned into a card. (Makes 2-5 cards)


Spring Programs for 2019


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*New Program*
Watercolor Flowers: A Spring Painting Workshop

Learn different painting techniques with watercolor pencils and permanent marker as you create a beautiful flower painting. Perfect for spring! Beginners welcome.


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Tree of Life: A Spring Painting Workshop 
(Arbor Day is April 26, 2019)

Come learn about the fascinating artist Gustav Klimt, and make your own painting inspired by his work. Art teacher Christine Thornton will teach you how to use metallic paint and colored pencils to create a beautiful tree of life on black paper for this fun, easy process. Beginners welcome!


Butterflies: A Spring Painting Workshop

Beautiful, colorful butterflies will be the inspiration for this class. 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. Colors can be realistic or inspired by your imagination. Beginners welcome!


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Birds and Flowers: A Spring Drawing Workshop

Join us for this fun art program.  We'll look at some beautiful Ukrainian folk art. Then Christine will teach you how to draw birds and flowers inspired by what you see. Finishing touches will be added using colored pencils and permanent markers. Beginners welcome!


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Tangled Flowers: A Spring 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 Spring 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! 


Painting Programs


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*New Program*
Peaceful Mountain Landscape: A Painting Workshop 

Pine trees, a lake and distant mountains unfold in this peaceful landscape. Learn to use some basic watercolor techniques like flat and gradated washes, wet on wet, dry brush and more. Then create your own beautiful landscape painting under the guidance of art teacher Christine Thornton. Beginners welcome!


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Fall Birch Trees: A Painting Workshop 

Beautiful white bark looks striking against the red and gold leaves of autumn. Learn to use watercolor pencils in this fun seasonal painting workshop. Christine will guide you through a high success painting process, first drawing with pencil and permanent marker, then learning 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!


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Galaxy 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 under Christine's guidance. 


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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


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Create A Quote of Art: A Song Lyric Painting Workshop

Come join us and "Create a Quote of Art" inspired by the summer reading theme: Music. Christine will teach you how to incorporate a decorative design with a song lyric of your choice (bring one of your own or use one that's provided). Then learn to paint with watercolor pencils. Beginners welcome!


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Create a Reading Quote of Art: A Painting Workshop

Create a "Quote of Art" about your love of reading 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: 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!


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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!


Hands-on Art History Programs


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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

Perfect for "Women's History Month" in March! Learn about three popular female painters: Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Mary Cassatt. Christine will start with a brief presentation 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! 


Doodling/Drawing Programs


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! 


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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.