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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.


Fall 2019 programs

Session I — Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Walk through the Woods

We’ll take a close look at what critters and things live in the woods and then we’ll make them! Paint, papier-mâché and upcycled materials will be used.
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Fabric and Fiber Frenzy

We will put a modern spin on the art of batik using toothpaste, lotion, and paint. Create string art and a ribbon bookmark too!
7-9 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

Autumn Animal Art

Focus on our favorite animals in nature like foxes, owls, cats, and more as we create drawings and watercolor paintings. Multimedia crafts will also be included!
7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Día de los Muertos

We will explore the annual post Halloween tradition of Día De Los Muertos and create our own sugar skulls, masks, and more.
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

11 a.m.–noon

Autumn is Awesome

We’ll paint, collage and papier-mâché our way through this beautiful time of year. Create a leaf design, a scarecrow and a jack-o-lantern and more using a wide variety of materials.
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Ghastly Ghouls and Creepy Creatures

Building up to Halloween we will use all kinds of odds and ends to take away the scary and bring in the silly side of monsters!
7-9 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

Rivers and Bridges

Create colorful pastel landscapes as we look at our favorite bridges and buildings. Learn basic perspective and drawing techniques using pastels and pencils.
7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Sculptural Structures

The three-dimensional world is ours to discover! Rigid wrap, foil, clay, wood will be used to construct people, birds and animals. Lots of mixed media.
9-12 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42


Session ll — Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23

9:30–10:30 a.m.

African Adventure

Join us as we explore the art and animals of Africa. We’ll paint, collage and construct as we learn about color, pattern and shape. 
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

What a Hoot!

Join us to create owls with style! Create lots of painting and construction projects working two- and three-dimensionally.
7-8 year olds | Chris Sederstrom and Jenna Happel | $42

Drawing in Perspective 

Sharpen your drawing skills! Create in pencil, pens, and watercolor, as we learn the four types of perspective.  
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

11:00 a.m.–Noon

Swamp Thing 

We’ll draw, paint, papier mâché and collage turtles, frogs, alligators and more! Create two- and three-dimensionally with a wide variety of materials.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Pokemon Adventure

Learn how to sketch your favorite Pokemon characters like Pikachu and Charmander. Create in clay and paint on fabric. Learn about drawing and shading as well as using pencil and pen techniques.
7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Hoot Hoot!

Learn interesting facts about the owl. We’ll explore, creating their image in painting, collage and construction projects.
9-12 year olds | Chris Sederstrom and Jenna Happel | $42


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.