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

Welcome to Color My World! Scroll down to learn about our academy and what we offer.

Color My World is a visual arts enrichment academy led by teaching artist, Kathryn Benton, working in partnership with Arts in Bartlett, your local nonprofit arts council and  center for the arts. Our academy offers classes and services for student artists looking to grow their talent and appreciation for visual arts. Students enrolled in our academy on a continual basis each year,  gradually grow from a beginning artist to an advanced level artist. Many of our seasoned students, now advanced artists, serve as interns, coaching and encouraging our younger artists.

Academy Hours: Open by appointment or class reservation only
Contact to arrange an informational tour.

Here are the various programs and services our academy offers:

  • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Visual Arts Classes in:
    Drawing,  Painting, Clay, Collage, Mosaics, Textiles, Global Arts & Mixed Media
  • A 12 week after school series of classes each Fall (September 27-December 17)
    No classes in January
  • A 12 week Winter-Spring after school series (February 6-April 30)
  • A 10 week Summer Arts Program art enrichment series & summer art camps
  • Saturday Studio classes by reservation
  • Private lessons by appointment
  • Artful Playdates by reservation
  • Arty Party Birthday Parties by reservation
  • Art Reach programs to schools and libraries
  • Art Badge workshops for Scouts (all genders)
  • Community Art & Cultural Events and Parent Night Outs
  • Annual Art Exhibits & Receptions celebrating student talent
  • 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 age 3* through age 18 *We accept 3 & 4 year old students in Saturday classes if they are able to sit, follow basic directions, and create for an hour. Parents of young children may wish to make a reservation to try a class first before making a weekly commitment.
  • Academy contact information
    Phone: 224-208-5707; Email:
    COLOR MY WORLD is located in the Bartlett Center for the Arts at 215 South Main Street, in Bartlett Town Center; Parking available in front and behind the center.
  • 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.
  • Voices of a Creative State 2016
    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.