Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

Library Art Programs for Tweens and Teens

90 minutes, including a PowerPoint and time to create with expert guidance. Maximum 30, ages 10-18. All materials provided.


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.


Fall Leaves: a Painting Workshop


Capture the beauty of fall with this fun painting workshop. First we'll draw a leaf on watercolor paper from photo reference.  Then learn to use watercolor pencils and add vibrant color to your painting.


Cardinal in the Snow: A Painting Workshop

A winter cardinal will be our inspiration for this fun hands-on painting workshop. First you'll draw with pencil on watercolor paper. Then you'll learn to paint with watercolor pencils using several different techniques under Christine's guidance.


Valentine Cards: A Painting Workshop

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


Valentine Hearts: A Painting Workshop


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


Night Owls: A Painting Workshop


First you'll draw an owl on watercolor paper under Christine's step by step guidance. Then you'll learn to paint with watercolor pencils, bringing your owl to life with colors of your choice.


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Owl Always Love You: A Painting Workshop


Join us and paint an adorable Valentine Owl. First you'll draw an owl on watercolor paper under Christine's step by step guidance and incorporate a heart design somewhere on the page. Then you'll learn to paint with watercolor pencils, bringing your painting to life with colors of your choice.


Butterflies: A Painting Workshop

Celebrate the season and express your creativity  with this fun 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.


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 painted image, then add color with watercolor pencils. Beginners welcome!


Create A Quote of Art: An Inspirational Painting Workshop

Join us and create an inspirational "Quote of Art" to take home. Different quotes and designs available to choose from, or create your own from scratch. Plenty of guidance is given, yet creativity is encouraged. No painting experience required. 


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Henna Hand Paintings

Come learn about henna hand designs from India and other kinds of traditional body painting from around the world. Then practice sketching popular henna motifs and paint them on your own hands with washable water color pencils. A fun multicultural program!


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. A fun multicultural program!


Chicago Team Logos: A Painting Workshop

Celebrate your favorite Chicago team with this fun painting workshop. We'll talk about how sports logos are designed. Then you'll choose your favorite team logo, learn to transfer a drawing to watercolor paper, outline with sharpies, and add color with watercolor pencils. No painting experience required.


Draw, Paint, Go! An Art Workshop

Learn about artist Keith Haring and his signature high energy style. Practice drawing symbols of people in motion and outline with permanent marker. Then add color to your finished piece by painting with watercolor pencils. 


Paint to the Rhythm

Join us for this fun 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. You’ll leave with a small finished painting. 


Drawing Programs


How to Draw Pokémon

Learn to draw Pokémon characters with art teacher Christine Thornton. We'll draw all together following a step-by-step process. Then draw whichever Pokémon you want, with lots of worksheets and Christine's help to guide you.


How to Draw Minecraft Characters

By popular request! Learn to draw Minecraft characters with art teacher Christine Thornton. We'll draw Steve and Creeper in 3D perspective all together following a step-by-step process. Then use your creativity to draw whatever Minecraft stuff you want! 


How to Draw Manga Faces

The Japanese Manga style of drawing includes expressive eyes and fun hair. Learn the basics of drawing Manga faces: eyes, nose, mouth, face shape and hair for both males and females.  Improve your drawing skills in this fun art program.


How to Draw Mexican Sugar Skulls

We'll learn about the sacred Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos and some of the cheerfully creepy artwork that comes with it. Then we'll make our own drawings inspired by colorful sugar skull candies. A fun multicultural program!


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How to Draw Horses

Horses are beautiful animals, and they're fun to draw.  Come learn to draw the basic proportions of a horse as well as some of the traits that make each horse unique.  Improve your drawing skills in this fun art program.


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How to Draw Steampunk 

Join us for this art class and learn how to draw some retro-futuristic elements of steampunk, which is a sub-genre of science fiction. Christine will teach you how to draw some steampunk designs, then you'll incorporate them into a finished drawing, either inspired by worksheets or your own imagination.


Doodling Programs


Tangled Fall Leaves: A Coloring Workshop

Autumn leaves and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this hands-on art workshop. You will free hand draw or transfer 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.


Tangled Snowflakes: A Doodling Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Come learn about tangling and make a beautiful snowflake tangle with Christine's guidance and your own creativity.


Tangled Holiday Cards: A Doodling 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).


Zendalas: A Doodling Workshop

What is a Zendala? A Mandala (a circular design) decorated with Zentangles (a form of doodling). Join us and create your own Zendala coloring page following Christine's step-by-step instructions, then color to your heart's content.


Tangled Valentine Hearts: A Doodling Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Come learn about tangling and make a beautiful Valentine with Christine's guidance and your own creativity. Can be made into a card, given as a gift, or kept for yourself!

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Tangled Butterflies: A Doodling 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. 


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The Art of Tangling: A Doodling 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.