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Kaleidoscope ARTivities for Children

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.

Register for Kaleidoscope

Or, mail or deliver a check payable to Augustana Kaleidoscope  =to 610 35th St. Rock Island, Ill., 61201.

For more information, call 309-794-7729.

Materials are included in all class and workshop fees. If you are unable to attend the class, you will receive a refund (minus a $5 handling fee) if notification precedes the first class session. To receive the refund, call 309-794-7729 to cancel.

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.

caterpillar child art
fish child art
flower child art

Summer ​Kaleidoscope 2018

Fourth of July Workshop: June 30

1- 2:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the great USA this fourth of July.  We’ll paint print, and construct in RED, WHITE, and BLUE!

6-8 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $14

Session I: July 9 - 13

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Down on the Bayou
Learn about the wildlife and culture surrounding the ‘Big Easy’. We’ll create swamp animals, make bead collages, watercolor scenes, and more.

4-6 year olds | Jennifer Heckenkamp | $49

Learn basic watercolor techniques as we design and create several paintings. We’ll also explore mixed media drawing.

7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $49

Please note a special time for this class: 9:00-10:30 a.m.


Explore the world of photography….photograms, collage, printing and hand coloring from antique negatives will all be introduced.

9-12 year old and up | Kevin Schafer | $60

tiger child art

11 a.m-noon

Summer Time Adventure
Join us to create arts and crafts inspired by this great time of year!  We’ll make lots of “hot art” using a wide variety of materials.

4-6 year olds | Marlene Sack | $49

Mighty Mississippi
From bald eagles, to catfish, to paddle wheel boats, we’ll create a collection of art all about the river in our own backyard.

7-9 year olds | Jennifer Heckenkamp | $49

Drawing Workshop
Learn basic techniques in oil and chalk pastel.  We’ll look at nature, animals, and summer shapes for our inspiration.  You’ll receive a sketch pad and pencils to keep, to continue sketching.

9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $49

sand dollar child art

SESSION II July 16-20  

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Growing in the Garden
We’ll make flowers and vegetables and look at bugs and animals too! Create two and three-dimensional works of art with a wide variety of materials.

4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $49

Alien Parade
What does an alien from Venus look like?  What about Mars? Or Jupiter?  Explore the planets and create puppets of the creatures that might call that planet home.

7-8 year olds | Seth Chappell | $49

Roald Dahl
If you love oompa-loompas, talking bugs, and frobscottle, you’ll love this class! We will craft a giant peach, draw and paint a giant, and explore a variety of other crafts based on the books of beloved children’s author, Roald Dahl.

8-12 year olds | Jennifer Heckenkamp | $49

Please note a special time for this class: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Basic Photography
Fundamentals of classic black and white photography will be explored.  Students will photograph and print their own 35 mm negatives in a traditional black and white dark room.  All materials will be provided.

9-12 year olds | Kevin Schafer | $60 

sun child art

11 a.m.-noon

Socks, you’re told, belong on your feet. But puppets, from socks, can be pretty neat. Design and create a fictional POP! Band. We’ll work with cloth, paper, inks, wire, fur and glitter too.

7-9 year olds | Seth Chappell | $49

bug child art

SESSION III   July 23-27  

9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Sky, Land and Water
Come and join the fun creating 3-D frogs, lizards and birds! We will paint what we see in the sky and try our hands at sandpainting!

4-6 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $49

Summertime for Monsters?
Halloween is in the fall.  So where do monsters go for the summer?
We will explore where monsters might go in the sunny summertime Bring them to life by drawing and creating summertime monster puppets!

7-9 year olds | Seth Chappell | $49

Celebrate Summer
Nature and signs of summer will be our inspiration as we draw and paint. We’ll also work with wood shapes and mixed media to create a special design.

9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $49

crab child art

11 a.m.-noon

Fish Friends
Dive into art to explore creatures of the ocean. We’ll paint, collage and construct with a variety of materials.

4-6 year olds | Marlene Sack | $49

It’s a myth. A myth!
Could be a troll, a unicorn or a fairy.  Might live in the trees or maybe be hairy.  We will talk about mythical creatures and create your own small bunraku style puppet of a mythical creature.

9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $49

The Arts of the Southwest
Be inspired by Pueblo and Hopi peoples as we create our own Kachinas.  We’ll create Native American inspired beadwork, paint desert landscape and more!

9-12 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $49

aquarium child art

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 art department.

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

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

Jennifer Lanphere received her BA from University of Iowa.  She taught for 30 years in the Davenport School system.

Jennifer Heckenkamp has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Augustana College. She has taught pre-school through middle school.

Kevin Schafer teaches photography at Augustana College.  He has a B.F.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. from Western Illinois University.  He exhibits his work nationally.

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.

Marlene Sack has her Associates in Liberal Arts from Scott Community College and her BA in Art Education from St. Ambrose University. She exhibits her paintings regionally.

Kaleidoscope now has online registration and credit card payment. To register online with a credit card please register here.

Contact​ ​Julie​ ​Schneider​ ​at​ ​309-794-7729​ ​for​ ​gift​ ​certificates.