Christine Thornton's Art Studio

a multimedia art lessons studio for children and adults

Library Art Programs for Tweens and Teens Ages 10-18

Programs are hands-on and last 90 minutes, including a PowerPoint presentation and time to create with well-planned, expert guidance. Maximum 30. All supplies and handouts are provided. Themes include Summer Reading, How to Draw, Seasonal, Multicultural and Just for Fun. Scroll down to see the programs currently available.

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iREAD Summer 2019 theme: It’s Showtime!


It’s Showtime! Paint Your Favorite Movie Character

Practice drawing some of your favorite movie characters, like Trolls, Minions and Jack Jack from The Incredibles. Then choose your favorite to draw on watercolor paper and paint using watercolor pencils under Christine’s guidance.


It’s Showtime! Harry Potter Illustrations: A Drawing Workshop

Beginners are welcome as we explore imagery from the beloved books that became blockbuster movies. We’ll study some of the chapter heading illustrations from the books. Christine will teach you easy drawing techniques to capture the magic as you create your own small copy.


CSLP Summer 2019 Theme: Space



Galaxy Silhouettes: An Outer Space Painting Workshop 

Join us 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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Galaxy Pets: An Outer Space Painting Workshop 

Join us 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. 



*New Programs by Popular Request


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*Realistic Owls: A Drawing Workshop

Learn how to draw a few different kinds of owls. Then you'll choose your favorite one to make into a final drawing that you'll complete with shading techniques for some extra realism. Perfect for fall!


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*How to Draw Cartoon Dogs

Everybody loves dogs! Learn how to draw several different breeds in this fun class. First we’ll practice drawing two different dogs all together in a step by step process. Then you’ll choose your favorite to turn into a finished drawing.


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*How to Draw Fortnite Stuff

Fortnite is a fun, crazy video game that kids love. Even if you don’t know much about the game, come join us and learn to draw some of the random characters and skins like Pink Teddy, Bitemark Pickaxe, Unicorn Llama and more.


Multicultural and Art History Programs


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Tree of Life: A Painting Workshop 

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 on black paper for this fun, easy process.



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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!



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!


Seasonal Painting Programs


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*New for Fall!*
Colorful Autumn Forest: A Painting Workshop

Learn to paint this beautiful scene. Christine will teach you some fun, easy techniques using watercolor pencils, brushes, and stamping with plastic wrap. Perfect for fall.


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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.


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Cozy Winter Cottage: A 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.


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Flowering Spring Trees: A Painting Workshop

Learn to paint these beautiful flowering trees. Christine will teach you some fun, easy painting techniques using watercolor pencils, plastic wrap and brushes. Perfect for spring and summer.


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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.


Painting Programs for Any Time



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.



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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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. 


“How to Draw” 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.


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How to Draw Realistic Faces (Ages 9+)

If you like drawing faces and want to improve your skills, this class is for you. Working in pencil, we'll learn about proportion and placement of features, how to draw hair, shading and more.



How to Draw Manga Faces

Improve your drawing skills in this fun class. We'll cover the basics of drawing faces in the Japanese style of Manga including expressive eyes and fun hair for both boys and girls.


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How to Draw Fortnite Stuff

Fortnite is a fun, crazy video game that kids love. Even if you don’t know much about the game, come join us and learn to draw some of the random characters and skins like Pink Teddy, Bitemark Pickaxe, Unicorn Llama and more.


How to Draw Cartoon Dogs

Everybody loves dogs! Learn how to draw several different breeds in this fun class. First we’ll practice drawing two different dogs all together in a step by step process. Then you’ll choose your favorite to turn into a finished drawing, outlining with marker, coloring with colored pencils and adding a background.