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Powell Gardens has once again invited me to design a class which fuses Art with their Garden Festivals. The result is a celebration of artists who use light as their medium. Brilliant!

Artful Gardens: Festival of Lights
Tuesday, November 29 | 3-6 p.m.

$50 | 10% less for members


Art lovers of all sorts are invited to attend Artful Gardens: Festival of Lights, the final installment of a new seasonal series at Powell Gardens. “Docent Donna” Houtteman of Art Blocks KC will help learners of all levels explore the connections between art and the natural world while drawing inspiration from Powell Gardens’ living museum.

This art-focused evening includes a 90-minute presentation showcasing artists that use light and seasonal themes for their inspiration and works of art. Afterwards, guests will enjoy wine, beer, and light snacks while receiving a private guided tour of the Conservatory as well as the current blooms on display at Powell Gardens.

This class is the perfect date night, solo exploration, or evening with friends. We invite you to answer the question: What came first, the garden or the artist?

Sign up here.

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ART BLOCKS' Essential Series starts in September and runs through May 2022. Hop on board! You may join in anywhere along the chronological timeline.  Or pick up a series that you have missed in the past.  Or take them again!

Monday mornings, 10-12 CST, zoom.


ART BLOCKS' Enrichment Series evening classes start in September and run through May 2022. Each 6 week series is a stand alone topic, such as American Art, Christian Art, The Art of Italy...

Evenings TBD, 6-8pm, CST, zoom. 

Please join us from the comfort of your homes. Invite friends from around the world to share in the fun! We now claim students from Palm Desert, Martha's Vineyard, St Louis, Vancouver, Toronto, Houston, Traverse City, Los Angeles as well as many from our Kansas City area.

Responses from current students:


"One of my FAVORITE things in the universe the last few years has been taking Donna Houtteman's art history classes.... I'm not exaggerating when I say that everyone can benefit from and enjoy these classes! I just signed up for two of them, both offered on ZOOM, so anyone, anywhere can join in."

"Thanks, Donna, for doing this class online.  It’s nice to connect with people and it’s a huge plus to have something to look forward to.   I thought I learned as much in the online class as I would in the classroom - maybe missing a little student interaction - but, all things considered, certainly worth it.  Thanks again and I will see you next week.”  


"Ed and I really enjoyed today's online class! Your presentation was engaging and we are so excited to visit Florence with you. We love the way you include history, art, maps, sites and food. Looking forward to next week."


"Donna – thanks for a great way to spend the morning.”


ART BLOCKS art history classes, from cave drawings through contemporary art, are designed to enrich the lives of adult students through exploration, discovery and lively conversation.


ART BLOCKS goal is to engage and energize through the JOY of ART!

ART BLOCKS beautiful classroom is currently in my new condo in midtown Kansas City!

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About You


ART BLOCKS students vary from emerging artists, retired professionals, collectors, world travelers, arm chair travelers, to curious life-learners without a trace of art history background. The common thread tends to be a lust for life and learning.


About Us

ART BLOCKS Instructor
Donna Houtteman

ART BLOCKS is the culmination of a lifelong passion: creating, exploring, embracing, engaging and finally sharing my love of art.


Donna's background includes:

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,

22+ years’ experience as a docent

The Kansas City Art Institute, Instructor & creator,  Conversational Art History & Art Sofa

The Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, Graduate of Fashion Design

The Art Museum of Texas Tech, Lubbock,TX, guest presenter

The Canadian Craft Council, Toronto, Ontario, guest presenter         

OLLI at Cal State San Bernardino, Instructor


ART BLOCKS presentations:


The Kansas City Junior League

Bishop Spencer House

Milburn Country Club

Eva Reynolds Fine Arts

Country Club Christian Church

The Warwick Society, KCAI

The Vanguard Club, KCMO

OLLI @ Cal State San Bernardino


Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Or you may fill in the form below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

PHONE NUMBER: 913.649.5695

EMAIL: artblockskc@gmail.com

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