Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

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 expert guidance. Maximum 30. All materials provided. Scroll down to see them all.


2019 Summer Reading Art Programs


iREAD 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

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 2019 Theme: Space


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Galaxy Animals: An Outer Space Painting Workshop

Choose your favorite animal, real or imaginary, to draw on watercolor paper, either free hand or using one of the provided printouts. You’ll transfer the outline to watercolor paper, then Christine will teach you how to paint a galaxy pattern inside of your animal.


Multicultural Programs


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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!


Painting Programs


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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. Beginners welcome!


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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. Beginners welcome!


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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 Arbor Day (April 26). Beginners welcome!


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Violets: A Painting Workshop

Join us and learn how to paint this little bunch of violets. First Christine will teach you how to draw violets using pencil on watercolor paper. Then learn to paint with watercolor pencils. 


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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.


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Cats: A Painting Workshop

First we'll practice drawing cats in different poses all together under Christine's step by step guidance. Then you'll choose your favorite to draw and paint with watercolor pencils, adding your own unique ideas and creativity.



Galaxy Silhouettes: A 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. 


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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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.


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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. 


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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. 


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. 


Drawing Programs


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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 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

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.


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.


Doodling Programs


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Tangled Flowers: A Doodling 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.  



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. 



Tangled Fall Leaves: A Doodling 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).


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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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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.