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Kaleidoscope ARTivities for Children

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Fall 2015

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. Secure credit card payments can be made using the online registration form.

Checks made payable to Augustana Kaleidoscope may be mailed or delivered in person to 610 35th St. Rock Island, Ill., 61201.

For more information or printed brochures, call 309-794-7729.

Materials are included in all class and workshop fees. Unattended classes will result in a refund (minus a $3 handling fee for paper registration/$1 for online) if notification precedes the first class session. There will be supervision between classes. Please have children dress appropriately for art classes. This means clothing that can get dirty after painting, drawing, etc.

Session I: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

Smoke Signals

Explore the United States as we learn about differentNative Americans and their art. Make masks, totempoles, papier-mâché teepees and a weaving. A widevariety of materials will be used.

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $40

Leaf it to Us

Leaves are changing, our weather is rearranging. We'll paint, collage, papier-mâché and print our waythrough the beautiful autumn colors. We'll make a scarecrow too!

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $40

Drawing Outside the Lines

Explore sharpie art using oil-based markerson paper, fabric, canvas and ceramics. We willexperiment with design as we try different effects onvarious surfaces. Each student will paint a plate anddesign a T-shirt. Please bring a plain T-shirt to classon the third Saturday, October 24.

7-12 year olds, Lena Cudworth, $44

Autumn Articipation!

Create a mandala with paper and recycled materials!Make a small clay sculpture of our favorite Halloweenanimals, paper pumpkins and leaf crafts in thismulti-media class.

7-8 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $40

Sculpting Masks!

Bring your imagination! Transform your "innermonster!" into a sculptural papier-mâché mask!

7-8 year olds, Ronda Wright-Phipps, $40

Intro to Sculpture

Learn and apply basic techniques to create 3-D work.Explore sculpture concepts of structure and form inthis multi-media class.

9-12 year olds, Ronda Wright-Phipps, $40

Gourd Art and Crafts

Design several gourds using basic acrylic paintingtechniques and create a foil leaf design and severalmetal toolings in this two-dimensional design class.

9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $40

Session II: Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5

*No Classes November 28

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

Mini Masters

Learn about a master artist and create in his/her style.We'll be drawing, painting and sculpting with the greats!

4 year olds, Meg Wendling, $40

Fairytale Fun

You are the knight, slaying a dragon to savea beautiful princess. Or, perhaps you are theprincess slaying a scary dragon to save theknight. Either way, you will be using paint,pencils, clay and more to create your ownfairytale adventures!

4 year olds, Meg Wendling, $40

Neverland Adventure

Yo Ho Mateys! Join us for a fun adventureto create colorful parrots, treasure chests,pirate attire and more. We'll paint, collageand construct with a variety of materials.Yo Ho! Let's Go!

5-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $40

Dragons and Days of Lore

Create dragons of all colors, shapes and sizes. Designand construct Viking hats and shields. We'll makeToothless, too!

5-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $40

Polar Animals

Polar bears, penguins and seals, oh my! Using a varietyof materials, from papier-mâché to paint, we'll makeawesome critters that live at the North and South Poles.

7-8 year olds | Linda Burau | $40


Come create a one-of-a-kind plaster mask! Paint it withacrylic paints and embellish with beads, yarn and otherexciting materials. We also will create a huge, funkyPicasso mask using cardboard and recycled materials. Join us as we explore the 3-D world of mask-making.

7-8 year olds, Nicole Walsh, $40

Line and Design in Perspective

Create a radial and vertical line design using pencil, penand watercolor painting techniques. Look at nature andthe objective world of shapes in this multi-media class.Each student will receive a sketchbook to keep.

9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $40

Starry Nights and More

From nightscapes to sunflowers, create Van Gogh-likeworks of art. Use paint, canvas panels, pastels and more.

9-12 year, Linda Burau, $40


Oct. 17, 1-2:30 p.m.

Capturing Fall
Make your own journal using inspirations from nature. We'll also each make a collection jar with stencileddesigns to collect and keep things in.
Create your own stuffed sock owl from socks and assorted fabrics.

6-10 year olds, Lena Cudworth, $21

Oct. 24, 1-2:30 p.m.

Happy Halloween!
We’ll make “spooktacular” art creations with a variety of materials just in time for Halloween. Join us for some ghostbusting fun!

4 year olds, Meg Wendling, $18
5-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $18
7-8 year olds, Addie Corby-Winn, $18
9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $18

Nov. 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Winter Wonderland
Would you like to build a snowman indoors? Stay warm as we create our own snow globes, snowflakes and snowmen.

6-10 year olds, Lena Cudworth, $18

Dec. 5, 1-2:30 p.m.

'Tis the Season
Create many holiday treasures at this workshop. We’ll collage cards and create a variety of seasonal decorations.

4 year olds, Nicole Walsh, $18
5-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $18
7-8 year olds, Addie Corby-Winn, $18
9-12 year olds, Linda Burau, $18

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, 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 is the registrar for Kaleidoscope and the secretary of the Augustana art department.

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.

Addie Corby-Winn has a B.A. in fine art and art education from St. Ambrose University and has taught at Muscatine High School. She currently teaches at Rock Island High School and exhibits her work locally.

Lena Cudworth works as an Independent Demonstrator for Uppercase Living. She enjoys working with children of all ages and exhibits her work locally.

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

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.

Meg Wendling received a B.A. in fine arts and graphic design from St. Ambrose University.

Ronda Wright-Phipps, new to the Quad Cities, earned her M.F.A. from NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Last year she was a visiting artist in Latvia and China.