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Kaleidoscope winter 2018

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 Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, professor of art. 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, 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. To receive the refund, call 309-794-7729.

There will be supervision between classes. Please have children dress appropriately. This means clothing that can get dirty after painting, drawing, etc.


Feb. 9, Loads of Love, 1-2:30 p.m.

Warm the hearts of family and friends with one-of-a-kind handmade valentines.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith
7-8 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann
9-12 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $14

March 9, Native American Loom Beadwork, 1-3 p.m.

Learn the art of beadloom weaving. We’ll design on paper and transfer our ideas to looms, creating a Native American inspired bracelet or key chain.
9-year-old to adult | Jennifer Lanphere | $18

May 11, Everlasting Bouquet, 1-2:30 p.m.

Create a painting on canvas with flowers as our inspiration. Make designs with a floral motif and a card too, just in time for Mother’s Day.
8-12 years old | Heike Ehlers | $14

Session I — Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23


9:30–10:30 a.m.

Neverland Adventure

Yo ho mateys! Join us for a fun adventure creating colorful parrots, treasure chests, pirate attire and more. We’ll paint, collage and construct with a variety of materials. Yo Ho! Let’s Go!
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Clay Creatures

Create creatures both real and fantastic! Using simple pinch pot methods, learn to make animals — from turtles to alien monsters!
7-9 year olds | Jenna Isbell | $42

See You Later Alligator

Explore the world of reptiles and create your own puppets! Lots of mixed media and construction.
7-9 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

Charcoal Pencil Drawing

Learn new charcoal drawing techniques as we observe still lifes, objects, and landscapes as our subjects. Receive a sketchpad and charcoal pencil to keep.
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

11 a.m.–noon


We’ll start our day with the rooster’s wake-up call! Create barnyard animals and scenery as we work two- and three-dimensionally.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42


Winter Landscape and Animal Drawing

Study eagles, hawks and other local animals and create winter scenes of your own. We’ll use chalk, pencils, and other media in this creative drawing class.
7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Ceramic Creatures

Using different clay techniques, we will create a spoon rest and a cup, inspired by monsters from our imagination. 
9-12 year olds | Jenna Isbell | $42

Session II — March 9, 16, 23, 30

Photography (special time: 9-10:30 a.m.)

Students will be introduced to basic black and white film photography and darkroom printing. Students will receive plastic cameras and photo paper to process their film. You may sign up for this if you took Basic Photography in February to learn more skills, but you don’t have to have taken Basic Photography to take this.
9-year-olds to adult | Kevin Schafer | $65

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Blowing in the Wind

We’ll make a kite, windsock, gliders and more as we draw, paint and construct things that fly!
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42


Pet Portraits

Learn how to draw dogs and cats. We will work from photographs — you may bring in photos of your own pets too! Try some new animal designs with color and mixed media.
7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Landscape & Seascapes, Real or Imagined?

Join us in discovering what a “Built Doodle City” looks like. Arrange fantasy landscapes on the moon, Mars or under the sea.
9-12 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

11 a.m.–noon

Painting Possibilities

Explore a variety of water-based paints. Learn new techniques. Look at color, texture and pattern as we paint, paint, paint!
4-6 year olds | Cate Stahl | $42

Animals Great and Small

Animals on the farm come alive in oil pastels and watercolor resist. Paint the wild kingdom and its surrounding environment. Perhaps you will invent a fantastical creature too!
7-9 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

Impressions and Reflections in Art

We’ll observe artists such as Monet and Pissarro as we learn basic drawing and painting techniques and investigate pointilism. Learn how to draw and paint reflections in water scenes. Create a Van Gogh-inspired drawing of your own.
9 -12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Session III — April 6, 13, 27, May 4

(No classes April 20 due to Easter)

Photography (special time: 9-10:30 a.m.)

Students will be introduced to basic black and white film photography and darkroom printing. Students will receive plastic cameras and photo paper to process their film. You may sign up for this if you took photography in January or February to learn more skills, but you don’t have to have taken earlier photo classes to take this.
9-year-olds to adult | Kevin Schafer | $65


9:30–10:30 a.m.

Under the Big Top

Create the greatest show on earth! We’ll make circus animals and clowns to name just a few…lots of painting, collage and papier mache.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Celebrate Spring

Join us to celebrate the coming of SPRING! We’ll draw, paint, print and construct with upcycled materials as we create signs of spring.
7-8 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Up Up and Away!

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Create your own super character, design its costume and build your own puppet to battle the forces of evil.
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

11 a.m.–noon

Springtime Fun!

Create “critters” and “things” that represent the wonderful season of spring!. Lots of mixed media.
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Monster Mash

We’ll make monsters of all shapes and sizes in this creative multi-media class. Bring your wild imagination to design your own monsters with style!
7-8 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42


Eewwwwww Bugs!

Find out what make bugs so cool! Create some creepy crawly interactive constructions along the way in this multi-media class.
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

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 art department administrative assistant.

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 Isbell received her B.A. from Augustana with majors in studio art and Asian studies. She is currently working as a ceramic artist out of her studio in Moline, Ill.

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

Jennifer Petersen has taught art classes through various local organizations, preschool through high school level and adults. She exhibits her work regionally. 

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

Cate Strahl has a B.A. in elementary education from Augustana College. She has worked with students of all ages, and was an assistant at Kaleidoscope before joining the faculty