Kids/Teen Art

Welcome to Color My World ARTS Academy!
Now in our 6th 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

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 withARTS 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 groups.

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
  • Classes and private lessons are offered in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall
  • Saturday classes and summer art camps
  • Private lessons
  • Artful Play dates & Arty Party Birthday Parties
  • Art Reach! Popular Art education programs to schools and libraries
  • Art Patch workshops for Scouts
  • 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

    Academy Office Hours:

    Contact to arrange a tour.

    Phone: 224-208-5707; Email:

    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 2016Color 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 Illinoisoffering Art Badge workshops for all Scout levels.