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Kaleidoscope ARTivities for Children

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Winter/Spring 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.
Note: the Minecraft class has filled.

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.

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

11 a.m. to noon

We’ll start our day with the rooster’s wake-up call! Join us to create barnyard animals and scenery as we work two- and three-dimensionally.

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $38

A Walk through the Woods
Create our own landscapes and two-dimensional designs as we explore acrylic painting techniques. We’ll look at other artists’ work for inspiration.

9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $38

Animal Collage
Explore the use of paper shapes to collage your favorite animals in the style of Eric Carle. We’ll create with paint, canvas panels and a variety of paper.

9-12 year olds, Linda Burau, $38

Rainforest 101
Create the exotic animals of the South American rainforest. Explore papier-mâché, paint, cardboard and more!

6-8 year olds, Linda Burau, $38

Local Landscapes
Draw and paint a variety of local scenes including your favorite winter birds and animals.

7-8 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $38

Swamp Thing
We’ll construct, collage, papier-mâché and paint turtles, alligators and snakes. Lots of three-dimensional constructions!

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $38

March 7, 14, 21, 28

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

11 a.m. to noon

Fly Away!
Did you know that a chicken, a duck and a sheep took the first hot air balloon flight? Come draw, paint and papier-mâché as we create hot air balloons and other things that fly in the sky.

4-6 year olds, Nicole Walsh, $38

Paw Patrol
Join us to create a variety of art inspired by this popular TV show. We’ll construct vehicles, paint paw prints and dog biscuits, masks and more!

4-6 year olds, Jennifer Heckenkamp, $38

Fantasy Art
We'll create with paint, paper and recycled materials as we collage and construct. Learn how to draw characters and create your own fairy tale.

7-8 year olds, Addie Corby-Winn, $38

Sculpture Studio
We’ll invent a variety of representational and abstract sculptures, and then create them with wire, clay, paint, foil and recycled materials. Learn how to build a basic armature structure.

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

Minecraft (class has filled)
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

*Please note: this class will include the same crafts and activities as the fall class.

Billions of Birds
Birds, birds, birds! If you enjoy bird watching, you'll enjoy this class. We will work with clay, paint and collage. Some bird creations will be realistic, others will be a little on the crazy side!

7-8 year olds, Nicole Walsh, $38

April 11, 18, 25, May 2

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 am.

11 a.m. to noon

We’ll make soaring pterosaurs, a papier-mâché T-Rex, fossil collage and more! Discover a wide variety of materials!

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, $38

Celebrate Spring
Draw, paint, collage and construct critters and things that represent this beautiful time of year. We will work two- and three-dimensionally.

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith, 38

Oil and Chalk Pastel
Come join the bright, colorful fun of experimenting with pastels. We will learn how to apply and blend this medium, exploring a variety of techniques, color patterns and color schemes.

7-8 year olds, Jamie Bond, $38

Texture and Pattern
Create with fabric, plastic, cardboard and bubble wrap to produce fun and fascinating patterns and textures. Work with paints, pastels, crayons and colored pencils.

7-8 year olds, Jamie Bond, $38

Drawing and Design
Discover two-dimensional design as we draw and paint. Our focus will be on line, shape and pattern. You’ll receive a sketchbook and pen to keep.

9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $38

Egyptian Treasures
Discover the fascinating art of ancient Egypt. Construct, draw and paint as we focus on Egyptian pattern and design.

9-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $38


Jan. 31, 1 - 2:30 p.m

Conversation Hearts
Create several charming conversation hearts using wood blocks and decorative vinyl transfers. Create a keepsake candy bowl, too.

9 year olds to adults, Lena Cudworth, $20

Feb. 7, 1 - 2:30 p.m

Hugs and Kisses
Warm the hearts of family and friends with one-of-a-kind handmade valentines.

4-6 year olds, Corrine Smith
7-8 year olds, Heike Ehlers
9 year olds and up, Linda Burau

May 2, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo
Join us to make lots of colorful festive decorations to celebrate this holiday. Mixed media abounds!

7-9 year olds, Jennifer Heckenkamp, $14

May 9, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

For Mom
Create a special sunflower acrylic painting and a one-of-a-kind collage just in time for Mother’s Day.

8-12 year olds, Heike Ehlers, $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.