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

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; offering the following art programs and services for student artists looking to grow their talent and appreciation for visual arts.

  • 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 (October, November, December)
  • A 12 week Winter-Spring after school series (February, March, April)
  • A 10 week Summer Arts Program art enrichment series & summer art camps
  • Saturday Studio classes & private lessons.
  • Artful Playdates & Arty Party Birthday Parties (September-April)
  • Art Reach programs to schools and libraries.
  • Art Badge workshops for Scouts
  • Community Art 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.
  • Color My World works in partnership with Arts in Bartlett (Local Arts Council) offering 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 Art Alliance initiative, in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council, and the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • We are a preferred partner with the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and offer Art Badge workshops for all Scout levels.

Phone: 224-208-5707; Email:
Hours: The  academy is open for students when classes are in session or by reservation.
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.