Over 60 years later, Augustana’s Kaleidoscope program still awesome for kids

When I was a teenager, I took a job as a nanny each summer. The child I looked after has always been really interested in the arts. Even to this day, she loves cooking, clothes, painting, crafts, drama, and other creative disciplines. Her mom and I talked about a couple programs that her daughter could be involved in with other children her own age. She enrolled in Augustana College’s Kaleidoscope program.

A few days a week, we’d travel to the campus in Rock Island and she would be involved in two completely different art classes for over two hours on those summer mornings. When I would go pick her up, she rarely wanted to leave…soaking in every last minute while she helped the instructor clean up the room. It was beautiful to see all the kids soaking in the enrichment that the programs provided.

Heading to Kaleidoscope Class – Summer 2014

With over 60-years of programming, that summer was just one of many opportunities for families and children to take part in what Augustana has to offer. While the summer classes are usually taught in a week-long format, Kaleidoscope’s 2019 winter and spring series is taught on Saturday mornings to adapt to the busy school year schedule. Session I will take place in February. The second session will have classes in March on March 9, 16, 23 and 30, while the third session will cover April 6, 13, 27, and May 4. Many wonderful opportunities are available.

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Augustana College – Kaleidoscope 2009

Whether you want to learn how photography works, take a course in charcoal pencil drawing, or seek an adventure, you will not be disappointed with Kaleidoscope! The course titles and time frames are listed below. For more details on what these sessions are about, please visit the Augustana Kaleidoscope website or call 309-794-7729. Please note pre-registration is required and checks can be mailed or hand-delivered to the campus building, located at 610 35th St. in Rock Island, Illinois.


March – Session II

Photography (special time: 9-10:30 a.m.): 9-year-olds to adult | Kevin Schafer | $65

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Blowing in the Wind: 4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Pet Portraits: 7-9 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

Landscape & Seascapes, Real or Imagined?: 9-12 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

11 a.m.–noon

Painting Possibilities: 4-6 year olds | Cate Stahl | $42

Animals Great and Small: 7-9 year olds | Jennifer Lanphere | $42

Impressions and Reflections in Art: 9 -12 year olds | Heike Ehlers | $42

April – Session III

Photography (special time: 9-10:30 a.m.): 9-year-olds to adult | Kevin Schafer | $65

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Under the Big Top: 4-6 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Celebrate Spring: 7-8 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Up Up and Away!: 9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42

11 a.m.–noon

Springtime Fun!: 4-6 year olds | Catherine Gehrmann | $42

Monster Mash: 7-8 year olds | Corrine Smith | $42

Eewwwwww Bugs!: 9-12 year olds | Seth Chappell | $42



About the author

Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's Tutor.com.

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