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Class Information for Winter 2020: BUILDING YOUR OWN KALEIDOSCOPE, 9:00-Noon, Friday, February 14, Beardsley Recreation Center, Agave room (W720)


In this packed three-hour class, you will have great fun learning the basic principles of kaleidoscope design and construction. You will make a full size (7 ½”) wand kaleidoscope. Working with materials provided you will prepare the barrel, lens, viewing cap, and optic chamber as well as assemble and install the mirror system. This three-mirror kaleidoscope utilizes front surface mirrors and a lens of appropriate focal length. It’s fun and makes a great gift for you or a loved one. The class fee is $25. There is a separate charge of $20 for required materials. Kits for building additional kaleidoscopes after you have taken the class also will be available for $20 each. Instructor Gary Kilsdonk is a retired Pharmacist who specialized in Hospital Pharmacy management. He and his wife Eileen have lived in Sun City West for 10 years. As a hobby woodworker for 40+ years Gary has built many large pieces of furniture as well as smaller functional and artistic pieces including kaleidoscopes. Now working with alternate materials his kaleidoscopes have been sold at Catitude Gallery, Tucson Museum of Art gift shop and WHAM Art Center. Gary has been teaching kaleidoscope construction techniques for the past two years.

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