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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, 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.


Session ll — July 15-19

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Storybook Art

Famous children’s books will be our inspiration as we re-create characters and things within. We’ll draw, paint and collage in this multimedia class.
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $50

Spiders From Mars

Spiders, spiders everywhere, even on distant planets!  We will create a unique movable creation using a variety of materials. 
7-9 year olds | Seth Chappell | $50

Shapes of Summer Watercolor Painting 

Learn watercolor basics and design techniques, as we paint our favorite summer scenes. Explore mixed media and discover line, shape and texture in our landscapes.  
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $50

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Your own Backyard 

Explore drawing and mixed media as we focus on animals and nature found in our own environment. Discover design, color and pattern as we create birds, insects, and more!  
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $50
7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $50

New Year’s Dragon

Chinese New Year brings out the dragon in this class.  Let your imagination run wild to construct a playful Chinese Dragon of your very own using a wide variety of materials.
9 -12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $50

Session lll — July 22-26

9:30–10:30 a.m.

“Paw”sitively Artsy

Let’s explore the art processes of building animal sculptures. Wood, clay and many upcycled objects will be used.
7-8 year olds | Chris Sederstrom | $50 

11 a.m. – noon

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

Woof-Woof, Meow-Meow.  Join us to create our favorite four legged pets.  We’ll work two- and three-dimensionally with a variety of materials.
4-6 year olds | Chris Sederstrom | $50

Mixed Metal Art

Come paint with foil, create sculptures with pipe cleaners and design a flower from a wire hanger.  We’ll create a board game with bottle caps in this mixed media class all about metal.
7-8 year olds | Jenn Heckenkamp | $50 

Neat Nature

We will look at the art of Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Vincent Van Gogh for inspiration.  Nature will be our focus as we create our own masterpieces!
9-12 year olds | Cate Strahl | $50

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