Welcome to Color My World ARTS Academy!
Now in our 6th year serving the families in and near 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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Color My World
is a visual arts enrichment academy led by:
Kathryn Benton, Independent Teaching Artist,
offering quality affordable arts programming. Kathryn’s 30 years experience in teaching visual arts paved the way for her to develop and grow a community based academy that offers visual art classes for students desiring to grow their talent. Students enrolled in Kathryn’s 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 younger students.

In addition, Kathryn’s academy offers art education services to schools, libraries, and scouts in the Chicago metra area. Kathryn partners with Arts in Bartlett, your local arts council, Arts Alliance Illinois, the Illinois Arts Council, Illinois State Board of Education, and the Girl Scouts of Northern, Illinois.

Programs & Services offered:

  • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Visual Arts Academy Classes in:
    Drawing, Painting, Clay, Collage, Mosaics, Textiles, Global Arts & Mixed Media
  • A 12 week Autumn after school Art series
  • A 12 week Winter-Spring after school series
  • A 10 week Summer Art in the afternoon series
  • Featured Summer Art Camps
  • Saturday Studio classes
  • Private lessons by appointment
  • Artful Playdates & Arty Party Birthday Parties
  • Art Reach! Popular Art education programs to schools and libraries
  • Art Patch workshops for Scouts
  • TEEN STUDIO!
  • Community Art & Cultural Events
  • Annual Art Exhibits & Receptions
  • 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

    Please welcome our 2017 Summer Teachers and Interns!
    Kelly, Eli, Jess, Katey, Sara, Stephanie, Valerie, Emily, Jessica, Margaret, Lindsay

    Academy Office Hours:

    Open by appointment, class reservation, and group bookings.
    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.


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.