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College 4 Kids Course Descriptions


Andy Crawford

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



Ford Center for the Fine Arts

2019 Summer Course Offerings

The Knox College 4 Kids courses and descriptions are listed under three subject areas: Fine Arts, Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages, and Science/Math. All of the offerings will allow your child to either build upon areas of strength or explore new interests.

Please note, some courses or sections are geared toward specific age groups, but this does not exclude anyone from registering for that section of the course, just that content will be taught at that level.

The following descriptions are from the 2019 summer program: 


This program is exclusively for students entering grades 1 and 2. Talent and skill development is as important for children leaving Kindergarten and first grade as it is for older students. In an effort to provide services to younger children, and to alleviate parental concerns, each child in our junior program takes three classes and is accompanied by teachers and college assistants at all times to ensure student safety. The classes are differentiated to ensure an appropriate level of challenge for all students. Classes explore literacy through dance movement and art making in hands-on interactive workshops! Our theme this summer is "Discovering Sustainability - an exploration through Art, Dance, and Nature".


Art 101
Instructor: Colleen Noonan
Art is for everyone and so is this course! This hands-on course will be packed with several art experiences where you get to try drawing, painting, building, and much more. This course will have a focus on exploration of many art mediums and the discovery process. Students will use their own ideas combined with teacher guidance. Students will have the chance to experiment with art materials and also produce finished artworks. Student will be engaged by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic art instructor! If you enjoy art, you will enjoy this course. Returning students are welcome to repeat the course. We will have all new projects! (hour 1, 2, or 3)

Instructor: Lila Johnson
Come explore the wonderful world of clay! In this class students will learn to create beginner level projects such as pinch pots, coil pots, and slab constructed pieces using various hand building methods. For students that might have a bit more experience with clay, there will be instructions on how to use various ceramic tools and techniques to create intricate textures and more challenging pieces. Students will learn about the unique technical elements of clay, get dirty, and get to make fun works of art to take home! We recommend bringing an old t-shirt or smock for students to wear over their clothes if they do not wish to get them covered in clay. (hour 1 or 3)

Dance on Broadway
Instructor: Elizabeth Smith
Come bop sh-bop and shing a ling your way into a 30 minute production of sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II." This crazy singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. The class will emphasize theatre dance and jazz styles in a fun, creative, and encouraging environment. Perfect for boys and girls who love to dance and have a flair for the dramatic! Get ready to move it and grove it as we learn new dance moves each day! We will also watch some of the most popular and famous dance scenes on Broadway. A 30 minute production with singing, dancing and speaking parts will be performed on the last day. No dance experience is required. Come ready to move and have fun! (hour 2 or 3)

Dream Weavers
Instructor: Kathleen Bashem
Dream Weavers is the class for the student interested in learning the basics of weaving! Weaving is a fun way to "free your inner fiber artist." Want to know the difference between your warp and your weft? This is the place for you! Students will use a cardboard loom to learn basic weaving techniques including plain tabby, vertical tabby and Rya knotting. They will learn color combinations, patterning and dye yarn, too! Students may choose a mug rug or wall hanging as a final project. Join Dream Weavers and turn your yarn art dreams into reality! Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (hour 1)

Kids Make Commercials
Instructor: Brea Cunningham
Do you love commercials? Do you hate them? Can you make them better? In this fun course students will get the chance, to write, act, and film their own commercials. Each class will be something new where we explore how to make commercials entertaining! From Pokemon to Sour Patch Kids to Tide detergent, I bet we can make a compelling spot. (hour 2)

Make a Movie 
Instructor: Brea Cunningham
Make a movie from the bottom up! Students will start with an ideal, develop it into a storyboard, make some props, write a script and then film it and bring the entire project to life on the big screen. Cameras are provided for you! Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (hour 1 or 3)

Photography is Fun! (suggested for grades 6-8)
Instructor: Tom Foley
A hands on class all about photography, from the history of the first photo made in France in 1826, to making better photos with a cell phone. Students will make their own unique photograms in a real black and white darkroom. Other discussion topics will include sheet film cameras, interchangeable lenses, medium format cameras, 35 mm cameras, studio lighting, electronic flash, time exposures, photographic composition, and multiple exposures. (hour 1, 2, or 3)

Theater Kids
Instructor: Elizabeth Smith
Get ready to step on stage as we create an original kids theater production to be performed on the last day of camp. Kids will have a great time exploring the theater stage through, movement, games and exercises. Kids will learn techniques for having a great audition and will be given a chance to audition for a part in our own production. We will work on props, stage set design and costumes. Enjoy the fun and excitement of the theater with no pressure. Perfect for all ages and with our without theater experience. (hour 1)


Beyond the Books - Harry Potter N.E.W.T. level
Instructor: Beth Buck
This course is a discussion-based class for students who have read the books and are ready for the challenge of delving deeper into the series. We will examine some of the themes J.K. Rowling presented in the series and think about what we can learn from them. We will look at how she uses language and what clues she plants with it. We will create and run our own book-inspired businesses and celebrate with an "end-of-term" banquet. Come be an ultimate fan! (hour 3)

Beyond the Books - Harry Potter: O.W.L. level
Instructor: Beth Buck
In Beyond the Books - Harry Potter: O.W.L. level we will explore "Muggle" versions of the classes students in Harry's world take--herbology, charms, astronomy and more! We will also take look at a movie version of a story and see how it compares to the book. This activity-based class is meant for students who are fans of the Harry Potter books, but who may not yet have completed the series. Could you survive a Hogwarts potions class? Come give it a try! (hour 2)

Beyond the Books: Percy Jackson Camp Half Blood
Instructor: Beth Buck
Do you sometimes have trouble concentrating in class? Do you think your teachers might secretly be monsters? Could you possibly have secret powers? Perhaps this outpost of Camp Half-Blood is for you...You might be claimed for a "cabin", explore your Greek roots, and play "Capture the Flag". By the end of the camp, we'll be a little bit blue. (hour 1)

Can your Colony Survive? (suggested for grades 6-8)
Instructor: Heather Hellenga
In this simulation activity, teams of students form "colonies" and try to ensure the success of their settlements in the New World. Students decide on cargo and use map skills in order to cross the Atlantic and choose a site for their new colony. While role-playing colony leaders, mappers, and traders, the "colonists" make decisions affecting the progress of their settlement. "Fate Cards" also affect the success and failure of each colony. The wealthiest colony at the end of the simulation wins. Interaction between the colonists and First Americans will be simulated through a culminating "Trade Fair," where students will bring homemade/handmade items to trade with one another. (hour 1, 2, or 3)

Fortnite: Beyond the Game (suggested for grades 3-5)
Instructor: Janell McGruder
Students will learn how lessons learned while playing Fortnite can help in day-to-day interactions with others and help build self-confidence. Some of the topics covered will include strategic thinking skills, working as a team, and responsibility. By interactive activities, reflecting on videos, and open discussion, this class will not only help you look at Fortnite in a different way, it will help you be the best life player you can be! (hour 3)

Mysteries of the Library
Instructor: Rebecca Yowler
Welcome to the Library where there are mysteries at every turn! In this course we’ll discover those mysteries - maps, atlases, Abraham Lincoln, famous writers, special children’s books, and more! Campers will choose mysterious objects and then try to solve the mystery of what the object is and why it might be in a library. We’ll learn how to conduct research, use the resources of the library, and how to share our research with others. We’ll create museum exhibit labels and posters for each item, and on the last day we’ll show off our exhibit to parents, friends, and the rest of the library. So put on your detective hat and come explore the library! (hour 2)

Instructor: Erin Crawford
In this beginning language class, students will start to comprehend the Spanish language. Students will decode readings, listen to music, create and listen to stories, watch videos and play games. This course is interactive and students will pick up words and phrases naturally by participating. (hour 1 or 2)

Word Games
Instructor: Peter Schwartzman
Scrabble®, Boggle®, UpWords®, Anagrams, Jumbles, etc. Learn what it takes to be a dynamite word guru from one of the top Scrabble® players and author of six word puzzle books. Many word games are more than words. They take strategy, spatial manipulations, mathematical skills, stamina, sportsmanship, and confidence. Come find out what is involved and what can be learned by playing word games. Strategy and fun all wrapped into one. Don’t miss it. (hour 1 or 2)


Instructor: Mark Shroyer
How did Galileo prove the earth is not the center of the universe? Why is the surface of Venus hot enough to melt lead? Why is Pluto no longer a planet? Why are there active volcanoes on Earth but not Mars? Through discussions, demonstrations, and experiments students will discover how scientists explore our universe and explain astronomical phenomena. Weather permitting we will have an evening viewing session for students and families. (hour 1)

Creating Computer Animations and Games
Instructor: David Bunde
Come create a computer animation or a simple game in Scratch, a programming environment designed for young people. Students will learn important computing concepts in a fun way while making projects they can share with family and friends online. No programming experience necessary. (hour 1, 2, or 3)

Crime Scene Investigation: Become a Detective (suggested for grades 6-8)
Instructor: Mary Crawford
What skills do you need to solve a crime mystery? Students will learn some of the basic techniques of forensic science in week one and use their skills to solve a case in week 2. (hour 3)

Fun with Chemistry: Experiments Involving Everyday Things (suggested for grades 3-5)
Instructor: Mary Crawford
Early elementary learners discover the world of chemistry with hands-on experimentation and problem solving. (hour 1 or 2)

Instructor: Penny Wagher
Have you ever watched a magician on TV or in person and wondered how the magic worked? In this class you will not only have those questions answered, but you will learn how to perform incredible tricks yourself. The tricks will use common materials that you can find around the house. Each magician will make their own magic kit and add several new tricks to it each day. Each evening you will be able to practice on your friends and family. On the final day a magic show will be held for the families. This could be the beginning of a new hobby. (hour 2)

Instructor: Mark Shroyer
Will my stomach really explode if I eat pop rocks and drink Pepsi? Would liquid nitrogen really cause a terminator to shatter? Do snakes really bite people more often at times when more ice cream is eaten? Combining a practical approach to science, hands on experiments and the scientific method, students will explore and engage with popular myths and see if they are "Plausible" or completely "Busted." Research will allow students to not only read about why things are true or not, but test it for themselves and gain a comprehensive understanding. (hour 2)

Our Microscopic World (suggested for grades 6-8)
Instructor: Katie Adelsberger
Microscopes are scientific tools that reveal a whole new world that’s waiting for you to explore, from bugs to soil to your own skin. Come learn how to use microscopes as tools for scientific investigation. We will collect specimens in the field, use light microscopes for a closer look at the world around us, and examine different ways of preparing specimens for magnification. Students in this class will also learn about scanning electron microscopy and use a research-grade scanning electron microscope to view even the tiniest objects up close. (hour 3)

Science of Sound 
Instructor: Mark Shroyer
Why does Helium make your voice sound higher? How do different instruments make different pitches? Can you focus sound waves like a mirror focuses light waves? What is the Doppler effect? In this class we’ll investigate questions about the science of sound. Our investigations will include demonstrations, hands on testing and experiment. (hour 3)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Instructor: Kim Schrader
Would you like to try walking on water? Then stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is for you! Using a surf style board and long paddle, stand up paddling can be done on almost any body of water. For this class, we will use Lay Natatorium. SUP is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports in the world--and a great way to improve balance and posture, while spending time on the water. In addition to being lots of fun, this class provides kids with a feeling of accomplishment. Program is designed to teach basic SUP and water safety. Learning is simple, but participants should be comfortable in the water and know how to swim. Students will need to bring a swimsuit or a change of clothes. Locker-room access will be provided. (hour 1, 2, or 3)

The Magical Spheres of Earth
Instructor: Peter Schwartzman
We will examine our Earth and its many wondrous, magical spheres. We will examine its ecosphere by identifying, growing and propagating plants (in a high tunnel)! We will examine its lithosphere by looking closely at soils and compost. We will examine its hydrosphere by measuring meteorological variables and looking at water quality. We will examine its energy sphere by looking closely at electricity and solar energy production. As you can tell, there will be a lot of hands-on activities in this class. However, all of this will be backed up with fundamental scientific concepts as well! (hour 3)

Unlimited Inventions
Instructor: Penny Wagher
If you have ever wondered why or how machines work or are the type of person who enjoys making things and or taking them apart, then this is the class for you. Using German- made Capsela Building Sets, the students will learn how to construct, following diagrams, everything from basic cars to vacuum cleaners to cranes. All of which really move on land or in the water. Each capsule is constructed out of clear plastic so you can really see how a clutch or front wheel drives operates. Time will also be given to create your own inventions which can then be races for speed or distance. If you can imagine it, then you can build a working model. (hour 3)

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