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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.

*Adults can register for March 3 Pueblo Style Loom Beadwork workshop.

Winter/Spring​ ​Kaleidoscope 2018

Session​ ​I: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24

9:30​ ​-​ ​10:30​ ​a.m.

Let it Snow! 

We’ll collage, paint and construct penguins in igloos, winter scenes and snowmen of all sizes in this multi-media class.

4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Fiber Collage 

Explore a variety of basic collage techniques utilizing many exciting natural textural elements. Learn how to make abstract collages using fabrics, barks, papers and more. 

7-8 year olds | Kelly Seastrand | $42

Winter Watercolors 

Learn basic and creative watercolor techniques as we create winter and animal scenery paintings.

9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

11a.m.​ ​-​ ​Noon

What a Hoot! 

Join us to create owls with style! We’ll paint, collage and construct with upcycled materials working two- and three-dimensionally.

4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Animal Designs 

We’ll learn basic drawing and design concepts as we create unique compositions of our favorite winter animals.

7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Bird feeder 

Students will construct a unique bird feeder. Apply your own artistic details as we assemble this one-of-a-kind functional work of art.

9-12 year olds | Kelly Seastrand | $42

Session​ ​II: March 3, 10, 17 and 24

9:30​ ​–​ ​10:30​ ​a.m.

Animal Lovers 

We’ll draw, paint and collage the wonderful world of animals. Discover color, pattern, shape and texture in this multi-media class.

4-6 year olds | Kelly Seastrand | $42

Fiber Fantastics!

Join us as we explore stitchery as an art medium. Create your own clay beads to paint and string, weave, macrame and create a landscape using a wide range of materials on fabric.

9-12 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

11​ ​a.m.​ ​–​ ​Noon

Who lives in a Pineapple? 

You guessed it…Sponge Bob Square Pants! Join us for an underwater adventure as we create with a variety of materials inspired by this fun fellow!

4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

The World of 3-D Sculpture 

Working with clay, wire, paper and plaster we’ll explore a variety of subject matter. Create animals and their environments, design our own action figures and make a decorative bowl in this multi-media class.

7-9 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

Wind chimes 

Make a unique set of wind chimes. We will construct the base, create chime pieces and assemble both with three different techniques.

9-12 year olds | Kelly Seastrand | $42

Session III: April 7, 14, 21 and 28

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


We’ll make soaring pterosaurs, a papier-mache T-Rex, a fossil collage and more as we draw, paint and construct with upcycled materials.

4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Abstract Art 

Your imagination will soar as we draw and paint. Learn new ways to create works of art focusing on shape, color and pattern.

7-9 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Op Art

We will draw, paint, and create 3-D cubes while making optical illusions with our art! Linear perspective drawing will also be introduced.

9-12 year olds | Addie Corby-Winn | $42

11 a.m. - Noon

April Showers 

Turn rainy days into fun arty days! Design and paint your own umbrella, create a mobile, and “rainy day” collages working with a variety of materials.

4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42


Join us for an artmaking extravaganza! We’ll investigate painting, drawing and sculpture, working with a wide variety of materials.

7-9 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Artistic Landscapes

We will use traditional media, such as paint and pencil, but put a new spin on this classic art style. Discover how to apply cubism and unique points of view to the landscape.

9-12 year olds | Addie Corby-Winn | $42


Feb. 10, 1​ ​-​ ​2:30​ ​p.m.

Heart Art 

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 | Heike Ehlers | $14

March 3, **1 - 3 p.m.

Pueblo Style Loom Beadwork

Learn the art of bead loom weaving. We’ll capture designs on paper and transfer ideas to looms creating a Pueblo inspired bracelet or key ring. 

9 year olds-adult* | Jennifer Lanphere | $18

**Please note the special time

March 10,​ ​1​ ​-​ ​2:30​ ​p.m.

Leapin’ Leprechauns 

Join us to celebrate this fun holiday! From leprechauns to shamrocks we’ll have some ol’ green fun! 

6-8 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann and Karlee Eberhart | $14

March 17, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate Spring 

Create “critters” and “things” that represent this wonderful time of year. 

5-7 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann and Karlee Eberhart l $14

Spring Painting 

Create a painting on canvas with spring flowers as our inspiration. We’ll focus on composition, color blending and detail working with acrylic paints. 

8-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers l $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 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 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.

Karly Eberhart received her associate degree in art from Scott Community College. She has worked in the arts with children elementary through high school level. 

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

Kelly​ ​Seastrand​ ​has taught preschoolers and kindergarteners and exhibits her work nationally.

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.