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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.

Winter and spring 2020

Registration for winter and spring classes will open in mid-December.

Session I: February 1, 8, 15, 22

Classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Deep Blue Sea

Make fancy fish and other sea creatures to re-create the beautiful world under water. Discover pattern, color and shape as we paint, collage and papier mache’.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Cold Weather Crafts

Learn drawing and craft skills as we look at polar bears, penguins, snowflakes and more in this mixed-media class.
7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers| $42

Knitting 101

Welcome beginning knitters! Choose from beautiful yarns and colors as we learn the basics of knitting. Make a scarf to keep warm!
9-12 year olds | Jenna Happel | $42

Classes from 11 a.m.-noon

Floral Fun

Learn about a variety of flowers and plants focusing on color and shape. Join us as we paint and collage to showcase this beautiful imagery.
4-6 year olds | Cate Strahl | $42

Painting Possibilities

Explore this versatile medium and learn exciting new techniques. Balloon-stamping, water-drop collage, spring-loaded painting and much more! A variety of paints will be used.
7-9 year olds | Jenna Happel | $42

Snow Scenes

Discover colored pencil and chalk pastel techniques as we draw our favorite winter scenes. Animal drawing will also be introduced.
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Session II: March 7, 14, 21, 28

Classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m.


We’ll take a close look at what’s around us… Trees, flowers and birds will be our subject matter as we draw, paint, construct and collage.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Bird World

Students will use a wide array of materials as we paint, collage, papier mache’ and sculpt with clay to create birds that are real and fantastical!
7-9 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

Marvelous March

Learn about unique and special March holidays! Each week we’ll create a new functional piece of art while learning about fun spring events.
7-9 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

Color and Light

This class will investigate how color and light work together. We’ll make shadow paintings, a kaleidoscope, and collage with watercolors and tissue paper.
9-12 year olds | Jenna Happel | $42

Classes from 11 a.m.-noon

Art Around the World

Discover and learn about the art, crafts and symbolic imagery from around the world. We’ll work two-and three-dimensionally with a wide variety of materials.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith
7-9 year olds | Jenna Happel | $42

Watercolor Painting: Study Famous Artists

Learn about the well-known artists, Monet, Van Gogh, Mondrian, O’Keeffe and Iowa’s own Grant Wood! Using watercolor techniques and methods, we will create in the style of these famous painters.
9-12 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

Leapin’ Leprechauns and Other Mythical Folk

Celebrating the fun world of mischief in art, and learn about other folklore creatures from around the world. Each week we will create art in a multitude of medium that will be worth a pot of gold!
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

Session III: April 4, 18, 25, May 2

(No class April 11 due to Easter)

Classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Things that Fly

Join us to make a fun and fanciful mobile, three-dimensional sculpture, a kite and more! Lots of mixed media.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

First Signs of Spring

Draw and sculpt robins, rabbits, and other furry friends in this design class about animals. We’ll create with a wide variety of materials.
7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Under the Big Top

Create the greatest show on earth! We’ll make circus animals and clowns just to name a few… lots of painting, collage and construction.
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

Nature Lovers

Nature will be our subject matter as we work with natural and traditional art materials. Create a string art design, a floral composition with pebbles, a diorama and more!
9-12 year olds | Jenna Happel |$42

Classes from 11 a.m.-noon

Lines and Designs

We’ll take a close look at nature and discover exciting designs, patterns and colors as we draw, paint and collage with a variety of materials.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith
7-9 year olds | Jenna Happel | $42

Greatest Class on Earth!

Ladies and gentlemen! Join us under the big top for a fun filled circus fueled fandango! Whether you are a ringmaster, a clown or a strong person, there will definitely be no lion around.
7-9 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

Flowers of Spring

Draw and paint decorative vases and cherry blossoms, naturalistic flower scenes, and new design ideas. Learn pencil, watercolor and pen techniques.
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers |$42


All workshops run from 1-2:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 Loads of Love

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

April 18 Earth Day

Join us for this multimedia workshop to create a variety of eco-art!
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann
7-8 year olds | Chris Sederstrom
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $14

April 25 Watercolor Painting

Learn a variety of watercolor techniques including mixing color combinations to achieve a wider color palette. Several different brushstrokes will be introduced as well. Bring a simple landscape or seascape photo or choose to paint the arranged still life.
9 year olds to adult | Jennifer Lanphere | $14

May 9  For Mom

Enjoy an afternoon of creating very special gifts for Mother’s Day!
6-8 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $14

Who's who at Kaleidoscope

Co-director Corrine Smith 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.

Co-director Rowen Schussheim-Anderson 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.

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 with children for many years throughout the Quad Cities. She teaches young people to create art for therapeutic resources.

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.

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.