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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 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. Registration for fall Kaleidoscope will begin in late August.

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.

caterpillar child art
fish child art
flower child art

Fall ​Kaleidoscope 2018

Session I: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Storybook Creatures

We’ll print, collage, and paint insects, birds, and animals inspired by the colorful books of Eric Carle.

4-6 year olds | Cate Strahl | $42

Watercolor World

Can you imagine finding a dozen ways to make green? A still life painting that includes the skeleton head of a steer?! Learn a variety of watercolor techniques, try watercolor weaving, and more!

7-9 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

Drawing Workshop 

Learn and create drawings using chalk and oil pastel techniques, as we look at the colors of autumn trees, animals, and landscapes. Practice new techniques in ebony and charcoal pencil. You will receive a sketchbook to keep.

9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

tiger child art

11 a.m-noon

Autumn Artmaking and Drawing

Draw your favorite animals and local landscapes in colored pencils, watercolors, and pens. Using autumn colors create small gourd vessels and Halloween animals in this multi-media class.

7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Native American Arts

Looking at the Anasazi and Fremont Native Americans we will mold clay figurines and corrugated pottery. Using pictographs we’ll design our own story robes! Rediscover Native Americans’ "ball in the cup game. "

9-12 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

sand dollar child art

Session II – November 3, 10, 17, December 1 (skipping Thanksgiving weekend)

9:30-10:30 a.m. 

Smoke Signals 

Explore the United States as we learn about different Native Americans and their art. Make masks, totem poles, papier-mache, teepees and a clay pinch pot. A variety of materials will be used. 

4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith| $42

Art of Egypt

Study artifacts and architecture shapes of ancient Egypt, as we create a cartouche, hieroglyph, tooling piece, and more in this multi media drawing class.

7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers| $42

Outer Space

Build a rocket, invent a universe, and make alien beings. Working with wire, paint, and clay we’ll make three-dimensional constructions. 

9-12 year olds | Cate Strahl| $42

sun child art

11 a.m.-noon

Dragons and Days of Lore

Create dragons of all colors, shapes and sizes. Design and construct Viking hats and shields. We’ll make Toothless, too! 

4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith| $42

Pastel Studio

Learn to work with oil and chalk pastels. We’ll explore nature scenes, portraits, and more!

7-8 year olds | Cate Strahl| $42

bug child art


December 8  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 | Addie Corby-Winn

9-12 year olds || Catherine Gehrmann 


crab child art
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.

Addie Corby-Winn has a BA 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.

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.

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.


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.