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. Maximum 30, ages 10-18.


Summer Reading 2017


Programs for both iREAD's "Read by Design" and CSLP's "Build a Better World"


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. 


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!


Gnome Homes: An Architectural Drawing Workshop

Use your imagination in this fun drawing class, where you'll conjure up a cozy little forest home for a gnome or fairy. Christine's guidance and reference sheets will help you on your creative architectural journey.


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.


Trending: Pokémon and Minecraft Art 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! 


Painting Programs


Fall Birch Trees: A Painting Workshop 

Beginners welcome! 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.  Then learn to use watercolor pencils and add vibrant color to your painting.


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. 


Create a Quote of Art: A Valentine's Painting Workshop

Come join us and "Create a Quote of Art". Christine will teach you how to incorporate a quote about love into a decorative design, then add color with watercolor pencils. Beginners welcome!


Winter Cardinals: A Painting Workshop

Beginners welcome!  A cardinal in the snow 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.


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.


Butterflies: A Painting Workshop

Beginners welcome! 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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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.


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. No art experience required!  You’ll leave with a small finished painting. 


Drawing Programs


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 90-minute program.


How to Draw Mexican Sugar Skulls

Join us for this fun multicultural program.  We'll learn about the 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. 


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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 90-minute 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. We'll start with a PowerPoint presentation introducing the basics of steampunk, which is a sub-genre of science fiction. Christine will teach you how to draw some steampunk elements, 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.  No art experience required; beginners welcome! 


Tangled Snowflakes: A Doodling 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.


Holiday Tangles: A Coloring Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Come learn about tangling and enjoy coloring your own holiday design with Christine's guidance and your own creativity.  Finished holiday tangles will be mounted on colored paper and can be given as a gift, framed, or turned into a card.


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. No art experience required; beginners welcome! 


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.  No art experience required; beginners welcome! 


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Tangled Valentine Hearts: A Doodling 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 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.