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Kaleidoscope ARTivities for Children

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Summer 2016

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: July 11-15

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

A Day at the Zoo

Join us to create many of our favorite zoo animals. Explore color, pattern and texture as we paint, construct and work in papier-mâché.
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $45

Walk through the Woods

Discover nature at its finest. We'll take a close look at all the critters and things that live in the woods as we create with paint and papier-mâché. We'll work with natural and upcycled materials.
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $45

Super Heroes

From frogman and princesses to moon beam and the blob...Create the next adventure as we draw, paint and sculpt.
7-8 year olds | Chuck Knudsen | $45

Leo Lionni

Learn about this famous author and illustrator. We'll read a different book each day to inspire us to create! We'll print, sculpt with wire and make collages.
7-8 year olds | Jennifer Heckenkamp | $45

Ancient Egypt

Explore the time of pharaohs and pyramids.  We'll make masks, canopic jars, design a sarcophagus, write in hieroglyphics and more.
9-12 year olds | Jennifer Heckenkamp | $40


Make your own monsters from under the bed and from the closet...Join other artists/mad scientists as we invent our own creatures using a wide variety of materials.
9-12 year olds | Chuck Knudsen | $45

Session II: July 18-22

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

Storybook Art

Create characters and things from some of your favorite storybooks. We'll work two- and three-dimensionally with a lot of different materials.
4-5 year olds | Addie Corby-Winn | $45

Summer Fun

Draw and paint everything from fish to our feathered friends in this multimedia class. We will also work in clay.
4-6 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $45

Oceans of Fun

Come on an underwater adventure as we make coral reef collages,
sand castle paintings, sea creatures and paint underwater scenes.
5-7 year olds | Jennifer Heckenkamp | $45

Wearable Art

Make masks and costumes from characters and various cultures.
Create with a variety of media including upcycled materials.
7-8 year olds | Addie Corby-Winn | $45

Multicultural Art

Discover the world as we create traditional arts and crafts from many
different cultures using a lot of mixed media.
7-8 year olds | Chuck Knudsen | $45

Outer Space

Build a rocket, invent a universe and make alien beings. Working with
wire, paint and clay we'll make three-dimensional constructions.
8-12 year olds | Chuck Knudsen | $45

Catch the Wind

Explore many weather conditions...Draw, paint and collage sunsets,rain and wind. Everyone receives a sketchbook for future art!
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $45

Op Art

Learn to make optical illusions! Make an agamograph-an artwork
composed of two separate images folded accordion style. We'll also 
take photographs that trick the eye!
9-12 year olds | Jennifer Heckenkamp | $45

Session III: July 25-29

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

Summer Nights

Fireflies, owls, crickets, stars and the moon will be our inspiration
we draw, paint, collage and investigate papier-mâché.
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $45

Signs of Summer

Create a watermelon, flowers, a beach scene and more. Signs of
summer will be our inspiration as we work two- and three-
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann  | $45

Fish Fantasy

Draw, paint and construct fish of all shapes and sizes. Learn painting 
and collaging techniques as we use contemporary and found natural 
7-8 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $45

The Circus

Join the greatest show on earth! Explore the circus as we create a
clown mask, a sideshow banner and a mini diorama in this 
multimedia class.
7-8 year olds | Chuck Knudsen | $45

Small Wonders

Investigate and explore the tiny yet fascinating world of insects. We'll
work with clay, wire, paint, papers and colored pencils as we have fun 
making creepy crawlers!
9-12 year olds | Chuck Knudsen | $45

Painting Studio

From landscape to Matisse-inspired shape designs, we will learn 
watercolor, acrylic and tissue paper painting. Summer imagery will be 
our inspiration.
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $45


June 8, 16, 18, July 6, 14, 23

Ages 15 through adults

In this one-session workshop, located off-campus in the instructor’s studio in northwest Davenport, students will learn the basics of glass cutting, and how to combine and layer glass to create beautiful, one of a kind works of art. Projects include a choice of jewelry pieces, sun catcher, garden stake, or plate. Finished pieces will be available for pick up the week following class. No previous experience necessary. All tools provided for use during class only. The instructor, Carol Graham has made fused glass for 15 years and exhibits her work regionally.

Workshops are available on the following dates and are limited to 4 students per session.

Wednesday, June 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 1-3 p.m.

$35 per session payable to instructor by cash or check (covers all materials/tools).

To register, email instructor Carol Graham. Please indicate which session you are registering for and you will be provided with the address of the workshop.

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.

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.

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.

Catherine Gehrmann received her B.A. in Biochemistry from Augustana College. She has worked with children of all ages in the arts. 

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

Chuck Knudsen has been an artist and art educator for over thirty-five years. He exhibits his work internationally.