Photo of Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts - Bartlett, IL, United States. Color My World Art Academy. Art for K-12.Color My World ARTS Academy at Arts in Bartlett. Kathryn Benton, Teaching Artist. 2019 begins our 9th year serving the families in and near Bartlett.

Color My World is a K-12 visual arts and cultural enrichment academy within Arts in Bartlett, featuring teaching artist, Kathryn Benton. Kathryn’s experience in teaching visual arts in schools and museums both in Chicago and Denver inspired her to begin a small arts academy offering instruction-based studio classes in drawing, painting, design, clay sculpting, collage, mixed media, and global art themes. These instruction-based classes combine traditional techniques with contemporary art making processes; focusing on developing and enriching skills while exploring mediums. Classes are led by a professional art instructor and designed for beginning-intermediate levels of art training and experience. Since classes are instruction-based, each lesson builds upon the previous lesson. Kathryn’s onsite classes and global artreach workshops help children and teens discover, explore and enrich their lives through visual arts and cross-cultural understanding.

COLOR MY WORLD Programs & Services to our community include:

  •  Classes in Drawing, Painting, Clay, Collage, Design, Mixed Media, and Global Arts for beginner, intermediate and advanced level students
  • A 12-week Autumn class series (Oct-Dec) and a 12 week Winter-Spring series (Feb-April)
  • Saturday ART in the AFTERNOON Studio sessions
  • Summer ART in the AFTERNOON Camps and Classes
  • Teen Advanced-Individualized independent lessons with guidance
  • Individualized private art instruction by appointment
  • Art internship experiences for teens and university students
  • Art Portfolio counsel for students seeking acceptance at a fine arts college
  • Assistance in seeking scholarship/grants for students studying visual arts
  • Global Art Reach Project! Popular visiting art education program to schools and libraries
  • SCOUTS! Art Patch and Badge workshops for Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops
  • FREE Community Art & Cultural Events for families

Academy Hours: Open by appointment and while classes are in session.
Contact to arrange a visit to our academy studios.
224-208-5707; Website:
Located in the Arts in Bartlett Center at 215 S Main St Bartlett, IL, just south of the metra-station in downtown Bartlett.

Kathryn Benton’s Color My World Arts Academy works in partnership with Arts in Bartlett, Illinois ARTS Council, ARTS ALLIANCE ILLINOIS, Ingenuity CPS Artlook Partner, local suburban school districts, and the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois offering studio art classes and art reach programs to city and suburban area schools, libraries, scout troops, and community groups.
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Kathryn Benton’s Color My World Arts Academy is a member of the Arts and Education Exchange; an Arts Alliance Illinois initiative, in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council, and the Illinois State Board of Education.