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Kaleidoscope ARTivities for Children

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Winter-Spring 2017

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. Secure credit card payments can be made using the online registration form.

Checks made payable to Augustana Kaleidoscope may be mailed or delivered in person to 610 35th St. Rock Island, Ill., 61201.

For more information or printed brochures, call 309-794-7729.

Materials are included in all class and workshop fees. Unattended classes will result in a refund (minus a $3 handling fee for paper registration/$1 for online) if notification precedes the first class session. 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.

Session I: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

It's a Jungle Out There!

We'll draw, paint, and construct exotic birds and animals as we investigate the world of the jungle.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Lions and Lines

Look at lots of animals! Learn to draw them. We'll paint and collage and create a three-dimensional sculpture too.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Winter Trees and Wildlife

Learn a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques.  We will study and create some of our favorite animals and winter scenes.
7-8 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42 

What a Hoot!

Design and create owls of all shapes and sizes. We'll draw, paint, and papier mache as we work two and three-dimensionally.
7-8 year olds | Sydney Crumbleholme | $42

Art of the Wizarding World

Create a wand, a castle landscape, weave a house, scarf, bookmark, and more working with a wide variety of materials.
9-12 year olds | Sydney Crumbleholme | $42

Animal Art Design

Draw your favorite four legged friends and look at winter animals from nature in this class.  We will focus on techniques using pastels, colored pencil, and watercolor paint.
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Session II: March 4, 11, 18, 25

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

Pet Pals

Join us to make some of our favorite pets.  We'll draw, paint and collage dogs, cats, fish and birds.
4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

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 | $42
7-8 year olds | Catherine Gerhmann | $42
9-12 year olds | Sydney Crumbleholme | $42 

Shape it Up 

Create two-dimensional designs using geometric and organic shapes.  We will draw, paint and collage to create a tile composition, works on paper and a sculpture too.
7-8 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

 

Fabulous Fibers

Fiber techniques will be our focus as we explore weaving, basketry and macramé.
9-12 year olds | Sydney Crumbleholme | $42 

 

Session III: April 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class April 15 due to Easter)

9:30-10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-noon

Cock-a-doodle-do

We'll start our day with the rooster's wakeup call!  Join us to create barnyard animals and scenery.
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Rainy Days

Rain drops on noses...and ducks wearing boots!  Enjoy creating critters and things you see when it rains. 
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Sun Catchers

Let the sun shine in!!!  Make sun catchers all shapes and sizes using paper, clay, beads, and upcycled materials.
7-8 year olds | Addie Corby-Winn | $42

Robins Return

Join us to draw and sculpt birds of spring.  We'll work with aluminum tooling, various kinds of clay, and create an egg design too.
7-8 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Pastel Studio

Learn basic techniques of chalk and oil pastels. We'll draw to create a landscape, a figurative scene and several designs.  You'll receive a set of oil pastels to keep.
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Architecture is Art!

We'll learn how to draw buildings using linear perspective.  Design your own building and make models out of upcycled materials. 
9-12 year olds | Addie Corby-Winn | $42

Morning Workshops

April 15, 9-11 a.m.

May 13, 9-11 a.m.

From Beginning to End

Will you be and explorer?  Will you be a monster?  You'll have to see when we read a story, create puppets of the characters and then we'll act out the story with your puppets!
7-8 year olds | Seth Chappell | $21

From Beginning to End

Will you be and explorer?  Will you be a monster?  You'll have to see when we read a story, create puppets of the characters and then we'll act out the story with your puppets!
9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $21

Afternoon Workshops

Feb. 11, 1-2:30 p.m.

March 25, 1-2:30 p.m.

Loads of Love

Warm the hearts of family and friends with one-of-a-kind handmade valentines.
4-6 year olds | Catherine Gerhmann | $18
7-8 year olds | Addie Corby-Winn | $18
9-12 year olds | Heike Ehlers  | $18

Celebrate Spring

Join us to celebrate the coming of SPRING! We'll make a kite, a bird mobile and other signs of spring!
6-8 year olds | Catherine Gerhmann and Corrine Smith | $18

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 Augustana 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.

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.

Sydney Crumbleholme graduated from Augustana with a degree in art. She attended Kaleidoscope growing up and later assisted as a college student. Her lifelong dream has been to become an art teacher!

Heike Ehlers has a B.A. from Augustana College and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught at the elementary through high school levels.

Catherine Gehrmann received her B.A. in Biochemistry from Augustana College. She has worked with children of all ages in the arts.