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Augustana College has been offering creative art classes for children for more than 60 years. Classes are offered all year to ages 4-12; some classes are open to adults.

Kaleidoscope is co-directed by Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, professor of art, and Corrine Smith, adjunct assistant professor of art. Some 15 professional artists, art historians and art educators teach the classes.

Classes are held at the Augustana Art Studio Building, 610 35th St., Rock Island, Ill., 61201. (Map) Pre-registration is required. 

Register for Kaleidoscope

Or, mail or deliver a check payable to Augustana Kaleidoscope, 639 38th St. Rock Island, Ill., 61201 or by visiting campus at the Augustana Art Studio Building.

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. To receive the refund, call 309-794-7729.

There will be supervision between classes. Art activities are fun, but also messy.  Please have your student wear appropriate clothes to class.



Nov. 16, 1-2:30 p.m.

Gobble, Gobble!

Create a turkey, a banner, a leaf collage and more, just in time for your Thanksgiving holiday!
6-8 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $14

Nov. 16 and 23, 1-2:30 p.m.

Swedish Folk Craft*

Learn to weave a Swedish star in a variety of ways. We’ll work with paper and reed to create this unique craft.
9 year olds to adults | Lisa Huntsha | $20 

*Please note this is a two-Saturday workshop.

Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m.

Beadloom Weaving

The Native American bead weavings are inspiring to many people. Join us to create your own unique bracelet or key chain focusing on pattern and color.
9 year olds to adults | Jennifer Lanphere | $18

Dec. 14, 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
7-8 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $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 is an art professor 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 for the 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.

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.

Jenna Happel has worked as an educator for many years throughout the Quad Cities. She is dedicated to teaching young people to use the act of creating art for therapeutic resources.

Lisa Huntsha  received her B.A. from Augustana where she majored in Scandinavian studies and minored in art. Her M.A. is in Museum Studies and she is Archivist/Librarian at Augustana’s Swedish-American library. 

Jennifer Lanphere received her B.A. from University of Iowa. She taught for 30 years in the Davenport school system.

Chris Sederstrom has a B.A. from Marycrest and an M.A. from Xavier University. She has taught art for 35 years and is also active at the Figge Art Museum.