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Kaleidoscope ARTivities for Children

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Fall 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. Credit card payments can be made using the online registration form.

Those who prefer to pay with cash or check can still utilize online registration. 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) 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.

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.

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

11 a.m. to Noon

Awesome Autumn
Inspired by the arrival of fall, we’ll work with autumn colors and objects, using leaves, sticks and more to create two- and three-dimensional art.

4-6 year olds, Julianna Munden, $38

Countless Cakes
Have fun making cakes and cupcakes of all shapes and sizes using clay, paint, paper and a variety of recycled materials.

4-6 year olds, Addie Corby-Winn, $38

Fall Crafts
Create a black cat, owl and turkey as we draw, collage and sculpt. We’ll make an autumn frame using natural leaves around us.

7-8 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $38

African Adventure
Working with a variety of materials, we will make African animals and masks and explore the art of weaving.

7-8 year olds, Julianna Munden, $38

Bookmaking 101
Learn how to bind your own book! You’ll write and illustrate a short story as well as create the cover, putting it all together in a handbound book.

9-12 year olds, Addie Corby-Winn, $38

Autumn: Drawing and Design
Draw, paint and collage using canvas, special papers, gourds and aluminum tooling. We’ll create fall leaf jars to use as small lanterns.

9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $38

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

11 a.m. to Noon

VeggieTales Time!
Paint, collage, papiér mâché and print with veggies to make crafts about Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and many other “VeggieTales” characters.

4-6 year olds, Jennifer Heckenkamp, $38

We’ll make rockets, robots, control panels and flying saucers! The sky’s the limit as we work with a variety of materials.

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $38

Explore critters and things that surround our hometown river. We’ll paint a river landscape, construct a beaver and its habitat, and learn to draw the Centennial Bridge. We’ll also make a catfish and mount it like we caught it!

7-8 year olds, Corrine Smith, $38

If you love playing Minecraft, then this class is for you. We will explore collage, painting and sculpture to create art inspired by this popular game.

7-10 year olds, Jennifer Heckenkamp, $38

Drawing Dragons
Create your own dragons using your imagination. Learn new techniques with colored pencils, ebony pencil, chalks and watercolors. We’ll also explore metal tooling and construct a dragon sculpture with cardboard.

9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $38

Faces and Places
We will look at the art of famous artists to inspire our own. Discover Picasso, Klimt, Van Gogh and Grandma Moses as we draw, paint and sculpt.

9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $38


Oct. 4, 1-3 p.m.

Give a Hoot
“A wise old owl sat in a tree, just as wise as he could be…”
Create your own stuffed sock owl from socks and assorted fabrics.

8 year olds to adult, Linda Burau, $14

Nov. 8, 1-2:30 p.m.

Inspirational Quotes
Join us for this special workshop to create a memorable wood plaque and framed mirror using decorative vinyl lettering and paint. There will be a variety of quotes from which to choose.

9 year olds to adult, Lena Cudworth, $25

Oct. 25, 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!

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $14
7-8 year olds, Linda Burau, $14
9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $14

Dec. 13, 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.

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $14
7-8 year olds, Nicole Walsh, $14
9-12 year olds, Linda Burau, $14

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 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.

Jennifer Heckenkamp has a B.A. from Augustana College. She has been teaching in the Moline School District for nine years.

Julianna Munden has a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She directed the University of Virginia’s Child Development Center and taught art in the afterschool program in the Minneapolis school system.

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.