Welcome to Color My World ARTS Academy!
Now in our 7th year serving the families in and near Bartlett


It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child; every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. 
        -Pablo Picasso

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
is a visual arts enrichment academy directed by Kathryn Benton, Teaching Artist. Kathryn’s experience in teaching visual arts inspired her to partner with ARTS in Bartlett to develop a community based arts academy that offers small classes
for children and teens wishing to explore and enrich their artistic talent. Students enrolled in our academy on a continual basis over several years have grown from beginning level artists to advanced artists.

Color My World Arts Academy also works in partnership with Arts Alliance Illinois, the Illinois Arts Council, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools and School Districts U-46, 54, and the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois offering art reach programs to Chicago area schools and libraries, scout troops, and community group.

Color My World works in partnership with Arts in Bartlett (Local Arts Council and center for the arts) offering annual class discounts to family members of Arts in Bartlett.

Color My World 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.
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Color My World and Arts in Bartlett are preferred partners of the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois offering Art Badge workshops for all Scout levels.

COLOR MY WORLD Programs & Services include:

  • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Visual Arts Classes or private lessons in: Drawing, Painting, Clay, Collage, Pastels, Mixed Media, Mosaics, Textiles, Global Arts, Digital Art, and Photography
  • 34 weeks of classes for 2017 Winter-Spring, Summer, and Autumn series
  • Saturday afternoon classes by appointment
  • Summer art camps and workshops
  • Private lessons
  • Art Reach! Popular Art education programs to schools and libraries
  • Art Patch and Badge workshops for Girl Scouts and Boy Scout troops
  • TEEN STUDIO!
  • Community Art & Cultural Events
  • Internships for teens and university art students
  • Art Portfolio counsel for  students seeking acceptance at a fine arts college
  • Assistance in seeking scholarship/grants for students
  • We accept students ages 3* through age 18

    Academy Hours:

    Open only when classes are in session.
    Contact Kathryn@colormyworldarts.com to arrange a tour.
    Phone: 224-208-5707; Email: Kathryn@colormyworldarts.com
    COLOR MY WORLD is located in Bartlett Center for the Arts at 215 South Main St in Bartlett Town Center; Parking available in front and behind the center.