Augustana offers summer art classes for children

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 It’s not too late to register for Augustana’s Kaleidoscope summer art classes for children. The longtime community arts program features a variety of classes for children ages 4-12, including papier-mâché, weaving, painting, sculpting, drawing and more. Classes are held at the Augustana Art Studio, 610 35th St., Rock Island.

“This is a great opportunity to let the children express themselves through art?something many don’t get to do at school,” said Professor Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, founder and coordinator of the program. “Kaleidoscope is one of only a few art programs in the Quad Cities for children. And the kids get excited because they go to college for the morning.”

For more information or to request a printed brochure, call (309) 794-7729. Or go to for class listings, the registration form and more details.

Summer Sessions

July 5-8, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Zoofari  We’ll paint, collage and papier-mâché to make favorite zoo animals.?4-6 year olds; $36

Marvelous Mobiles?Enjoy designing and constructing mobiles as we work with a variety of materials.?7-8 year olds; $36

Dive into Watercolors?Dip, brush and blend as we learn many techniques! We will paint on special papers.?7-9 year olds; $36

Life on the River?Recreate our beautiful Quad-City landscapes. Our focus will be on river and sky compositions as we draw and paint.?9-12 year olds; $36

July 5-8, 11 a.m.-noon

Bird Alphabet?We’ll draw, paint and collage our own book of birds from A to Z.?4-6 year olds; $36

Pastel Drawing?Explore a variety of pastel techniques as we draw buildings, landscapes and wildlife represented in the Quad Cities.?7-8 year olds; $36

Fish Tales?We’ll reel in “fishy” creations as we draw, paint and sculpt creatures under the sea.?7-9 year olds; $36

Fiber Sculpture Domos?Create your own alien, sea creature or cartoon character as we work two- and three-dimensionally.?9-12 year olds; $36

July 11-15, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Things with Wings?e’ll construct, paint, collage and papier mâché colorful flying creatures! Two classes: 4-6 year olds, $45; and 7-8 year olds, $45

Charcoal Drawing ?orking from a variety of subject matter, we’ll learn about composition, shading and blending techniques.?9-12 year olds; $45

Wool Felting?ach student will create a small bag and whimsical creatures with wool roving and felting techniques. 10 years old to adult; $45

July 11-15, 11 a.m.-noon

Four Legged Friends?rom lizards to puppies, stripes to polka dots...we’ll draw, paint and sculpt the animal world.?4-6 year olds; $45

Printing Possibilities ?onoprints, relief prints and stamping will abound as we explore this versatile medium. We’ll make a group mural and print a T-shirt, too! 7-8 year olds; $45

Meet the Artist ?oin us as we look at works of famous artists. Learn unique techniques as we draw, paint and collage our own masterpieces. 7-9 year olds; $45

Fiber Frenzy?eaving, stitching and appliqué techniques will be explored as we create one-of a-kind works of art.?9-12 year olds; $45

July 18-22, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Animal Lovers?e’ll draw, paint and construct the wonderful world of animals. Discover color, pattern, shape and texture. 4-6 year olds; $45

Cruise the Caribbean?ake a quick trip to paradise...we’ll make a colorful banner, metal sculpture and island-style jewelry.?7-8 year olds; $45

Jewelry Making?ake friendship bracelets and necklaces using braiding patterns and weaving techniques. We’ll create seed bead pendants, paper and clay beads, too.?9-12 year olds; $45

Surface Design: Embellished Paper ?oin us for this one-of-a kind class as we create special papers. Staining, marbling and paste paper techniques will be introduced. 10 years old to adult; $45

July 18-22, 11 a.m.-noon

Beat the Heat ?reate lots of “hot art” with signs of summer as our inspiration. We’ll work with paint, papier-mâché, colored sand and clay.?4-6 year olds; $45

Tropical Kites?ish, butterflies and birds will be our inspiration as we design and create indoor decorative kites and some that fly.?7-8 year olds; $45

Mythological Creatures ?rom dragons and griffins to other fanciful beasts…we’ll draw and paint. We’ll also sculpt unique creatures and their environments in clay.?9-12 year olds; $45

July 25-29, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Dinosaurs!?onstruct, collage and paint these amazing animals using a variety of materials. 4-6 year olds; $45

Design-a-Flamingo?ustomize your own flamingo sculpture to make it uniquely yours with paint, markers, feathers and yarn. 7-9 year olds; $45

Bookbinding  Learn the beautiful art form of hand-bound bookbinding. We’ll make a variety of simple, accordion and complex books as well as a box to house your creation. 10 year olds to adult; $45

July 25-29, 11 a.m.-noon

Playhouse Fun ?esign and create your own playhouse...lots of cardboard, paint and collage materials. Playhouse will fold flat for travel to home. 4-6 year olds; $45

Paint it, Hang it, Wear it! ?e’ll paint a summer scene, create a sculptural relief garden to hang and tie-dye a shirt to wear.?7-8 year olds; $45

Illuminated Letters ?atercolor, colored pencils and metallic pens will be used to create decorative illuminated letters to enhance calligraphy. 8 year olds to adult; $45

     For more information, contact Scott Cason, assistant vice president of communications and marketing, at or (309) 794-7323.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.