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Kaleidoscope ARTivities for Children

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Fall 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: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

Swamp Thing

We’ll collage, paint and papier-mâché turtles, alligators and other swamp creatures. Lots of three-dimensional constructions.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

The Great Outdoors

Collage a forest, construct a campsite, paint a backpack and more! We’ll work with a wide variety of materials.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

All Things Paint

Explore the many ways to paint with acrylic paint and watercolors, as we work realistically and abstractly.  We’ll use bubble paint and tissue paper paint, just to name a few.
7-8 year olds | Adrianna Corby-Winn | $42

Crafting Workshop

Learn basic drawing, painting, and craft techniques as we look at animals and shapes in nature.  This will be a drawing and multi media class.
7-8 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Nature Design

Learn two-dimensional design as we look at shapes and colors of autumn.  Trees, leaves, and animals will be our inspiration.  You will receive a sketchbook you’ll get to keep to continue drawing.
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers  | $42

Architecture 101

Using a variety of media, we will draw buildings in 3D and add architectural details. Learn about perspective drawing too!
9-12 year olds | Adrianna Corby-Winn | $42

Session II: Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3 (no class Thanksgiving weekend)

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

Dynamic Designs

Join us as we explore the elements of design. We’ll paint, print, and construct as we learn about line, color, texture and pattern.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Under the Big Top

Create clowns, circus animals, and a circus train. We’ll work two- and three- dimensionally with a variety of media.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Puppets Puppets Puppets!

Welcome to the fun filled world of puppets! Using various materials, make various types of puppets and learn how to perform them. From finger puppets to hand puppets we’ll create puppet magic!
7-8 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

Olympic Fun!

Make a variety of Olympic themed projects including an opening ceremony design and your very own gold medal! Explore many mediums and techniques such as clay, watercolor, and several more. We’ll incorporate numerous world favorite sports.
7-8 year olds | Sydney Crumbleholme | $42

Draw Like Van Gogh

Look at famous artists as we draw, paint, and craft masterpieces of our own.  Paint Van Gogh's chair, draw a tree silhouette, and more, in this multi media class.
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Into The Woods!

Fairies and Ogres and Trolls. OH MY! What creatures roam and flutter in your imagination? Look at forest dwellers and create your own version in the form of a puppet, and learn how to perform with it! 
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42


Oct. 22, 1-2:30 p.m.

Dec. 10, 1-2:30 p.m.

Halloween Orange Workshop

Draw, paint, work three-dimensionally as we make spooky Halloween stuff!
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $18
7-8 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $18
9-12 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $18

'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 | $18
7-8 year olds | Meg Wendling | $18
9-12 year olds | Sydney Crumbleholme | $18

Fused Glass for Beginners

Ages 15 through adults

In this one-session workshop, located off-campus in instructor Carol Graham’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, Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30-8:30 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.

Seth Chappell is a premier puppet creator and artist.  He specializes in designing original custom puppets for a variety of mediums, including stage and video.

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.

Sydney Crumbleholme graduated from Augustana with a degree in art. She attended Kaleidoscope growing up and later assisted as a college student. Her lifelong dream has been to become an art teacher!

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.

Carol Graham studied at Augustana College and worked in finishing and visual design at Isabel Bloom for 24 years. She has been creating fused glass art since 2004 and exhibits her work regionally.

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

Meg Wendling  received a B.A. in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from St. Ambrose University.