Welcome to Color My World ARTS Academy!
Now in our 6th year serving the families of Bartlett.
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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
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Scroll down to learn the many ways our academy serves our community…

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 that desire to grow in their talent and appreciation for the visual arts. Students enrolled in our academy on a continual basis over several years have transformed from beginning artists to advanced level artists. Today, many of our seasoned students serve as interns, coaching and encouraging our younger artists.

Programs & Services: Current 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 Autumn after school Art series (Late September-mid December)
    No January classes
  • 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)
  • TEEN STUDIO!
  • 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 Hours:

    Open by appointment, class reservation, and group bookings.Contact Kathryn@colormyworldarts.com to arrange an informational tour.
    Contact Information:
    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.


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.