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Kaleidoscope ARTivities for Children

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Jan. 25-May 3, 2014

Augustana College has been offering creative art classes for children for more than 60 years. Classes are offered all year to ages 4-12, although in summer, children can attend a week at a time instead of a series of Saturdays. Kaleidoscope is directed by Augustana College professor of art Rowen Schussheim-Anderson. Some 15 professional artists, art historians and art educators teach the classes.

Classes are held at the Augustana Art Studio, 610 35th St., Rock Island. (Map)

Pre-registration is required. Payment must accompany registration form. Please make checks payable to Augustana Kaleidoscope. Mail or bring checks to 610 35th St. Rock Island, Ill., 61201.

Please click here for a PDF format registration form or here for Word format. For more information or printed brochures, call (309) 794-7729.

Your mail-in form and check reserve your space. You will not receive a letter of confirmation.

Materials are included in all class and workshop fees. If you are unable to attend the class, you will receive a refund (minus a $3 handling fee) if notification precedes the first class session. There will be supervision between classes. Please have your children dress appropriately for art classes -- we can get messy!

Kaleidoscope is supported by Quad City Arts Dollar$ funds, provided by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Doris and Victor Day Foundation; and the John Deere Foundation.

Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Animal Lovers
We'll draw, paint, collage and construct the wonderfulworld of animals. Discover color, pattern, texture andshape working two- and three-dimensionally.
Corrine Smith | 4-6 year olds | $38

Winter Crafts
We'll create a winter landscape, snow globe, snowflake collage and a three-dimensional design in this multimedia class.
Heike Ehlers | 7-8 year olds | $38

Weaving with Yarn
We'll learn to weave on a cardboard loom and turn our creations into one-of-a-kind monsters!
Nicole Walsh | 9-12 year olds | $38

11 a.m.-noon

Who Lives in a Pineapple?
You guessed it...Sponge Bob Square Pants! Join us for an underwater adventure as we create with a variety of materials inspired by this fun fellow!
Corrine Smith | 4-6 year olds | $38

Artsi Safari
Join us for a creative jungle adventure. Express your own ideas constructing a variety of two- and three-dimensional jungle animals from "King of the Jungle" to thunderous elephants!
Jamie Bond | 5-7 year olds | $38

Yarn Creations
Discover the possibilities of working with yarn as our medium. We'll create a woven person and a dream catcher.
Nicole Walsh | 7-8 year olds | $38

Acrylic Painting
Learn the basics of painting and design as we paint winter scenes on canvas boards and other surfaces. We'll look at landscape paintings of several contemporary artists for our inspiration.                           Heike Ehlers | 9-12 year olds | $38

March 8, 15, 22, 29

9:30-10:30 a.m. 

Under the Big Top
Create the greatest show on earth! We'll make circus animals and clowns just to name a few...lots of painting, construction and papiér mâché.
Corrine Smith | 4-6 year olds | $38

North...To Alaska!
Join us as we travel across Alaska discovering many art forms. We'll make three-dimensional totem poles, portrait masks and mythical creatures.
Jennifer Lanphere | 7-8 year olds | $38

Art for Outdoors
Art doesn't just belong in a museum, it belongs outside too! Create a papiér mâché garden gnome, a beautiful sun catcher mobile and more.                 Jennifer Lanphere | 9-12 year olds | $38

11 a.m.-noon

Oceans of Fun
Draw, paint and collage colorful creatures under the sea. We'll work with colored sand, wire and many recycled materials.
Corrine Smith | 4-6 year olds | $38

Artist's Garden
Celebrate the colors of the season as we create works of art inspired by the outdoors. Create a garden treasure jar, mosaic stepping stone and flowers galore!
Nicole Walsh | 7-8 year olds | $38

Fantastic Fibers
Join us to learn a variety of techniques, as we weave, print,
appliqué and macramé.
Jennifer Lanphere | 9-12 year olds | $38


Apr. 5, 12, 26. May 3

9:30-10:30 a.m.

African Adenture
We'll paint, collage, cut and fold to make animal sculptures, masks and Kente cloth patterns.
Corrine Smith | 4-6 year olds | $38

Monster Mania
Make your own favorite monsters as we work with fabrics, clay and papiér maâché.
Linda Burau | 7-8 year olds | $38

Design Basics
Create unique designs as we draw and paint. Learn techniques using oil pastels, markers, pen and watercolors. You'll receive a sketchbook to keep to continue your drawing endeavors!
Heike Ehlers | 9-12 year olds | $38

11 a.m.-noon

Multicultural Art
Join us to create art, crafts and symbolic imagery from around the world. We'll travel to India, China, Mexico and more.
Corrine Smith | 4-6 year olds | $38

The Place We Live
Discover your own environment as we draw, paint and construct. Eagles, local wildlife and your own house will be our subject matter. Lots of mixed media.
Heike Ehlers | 7-8 year olds | $38

From Drab to Fab
Celebrate recycling by making it into something new and fabulous! We will be using a variety of different materials such as newspaper, cardboard, cereal boxes, bottle caps and more. Create new exciting works of art as we repurpose materials.
Jamie Bond | 7-10 year olds | $38

Sock Monsters: 101
Sew up some great one-of-a-kind sock creatures using fabrics, felt, sequins and more.                                                                 Linda Burau | 9-12 year olds | $38


 February 1, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Snow much Fun!
Join us to make great winter art from snowmen to penguins and more. We'll use a wide variety of materials to make some COOL art!
Nicole Walsh |4-5 year olds
Linda Burau and Corrine Smith |6-8 year olds | $14

 February 8, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Hugs and Kisses
Warm the hearts of family and friends with one-of-a-kind handmade valentines.
Nicole Walsh | 4-6 year olds
Jennifer Lanphere | 7-8 year olds
Linda Burau | 9 year olds and up | $14


 March 8, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Leapin' Leprechauns
Join us to celebrate this fun holiday. From leprechauns to shamrocks we'll have some ol' green fun!
Nicole Walsh | 4-6 year olds
Heike Ehlers | 7-8 year olds | $14

April 5 and 12, 1 - 3 p.m.

Create with Duct Tape
Duct tape is like a has a light side, a dark side and holds the universe together. Learn how to create art out of it! Come make duct tape flowers, pencil pouches and purse or wallet.
Nicole Walsh | 9 year olds to adult | $40

April 26, 1 - 3 p.m.

Glass Etching
Etch your own design in glass to create beautiful works of art. We'll embellish with wire and beads to create a one-of-kind treasure.
Nicole Walsh |12 year olds to adult | $30

Who's who at Kaleidoscope

Corrine Smith, Co-Director is an adjunct assistant professor of art at Augustana. She has a B.F.A. from Southern Illinois University and an M.F.A. from the University of Kentucky and exhibits her work internationally.

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Co-Director and Chair of the Art Department, is chair of the art department at Augustana. She has taught at Augustana since 1982, when she started Kaleidoscope. With a B.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.F.A. from Arizona State University, she exhibits her work internationally.

Julie Schneider has been academic secretary for the Department of Art since August of 2013.

Jamie Bond has a B.A. in elementary education with an endorsement in art from Augustana. Currently she is teaching kindergarten through eighth grade art in the Davenport Community School District.


Linda Burau has a B.A. in art education from the College of St. Teresa and has taught art at the elementary through high school levels.

Heike Ehlers has a B.A. from Augustana College and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois-Urbana. She has taught at the elementary through high school levels.

Jennifer Lanphere has a B.A. in art education from the University of Iowa. She taught elementary art in the Davenport school system for over 30 years.

Nicole Walsh received her B.A. in Art Education from Augustana College. She teaches elementary art in the Geneseo School district and creates art by making new things from old objects.