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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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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.

Thanks to ZOOM, 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. 

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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:


Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, New Docent 2023



The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Docent, 23 years’ experience


The Kansas City Art Institute, Instructor & creator, Art Sofa, Conversational Art History, Pre-Collage Art Lab

2020’s ART BLOCKS Special Presentations:

Powell Gardens- Artful Gardens, festivals enrichment                

Claridge Court Retirement Community, Prairie Village KS                    

Cure of Ars Catholic Church – Christian Art                        

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church – Christian Art            

Numerous Christian Art Tours @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

2010’s ART BLOCKS Special Presentations:                            
OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Cal State San Bernardino        

Junior League of Kansas City, MO                        

Bishop Spencer House                                

Milburn Country Club                                    

Open Spaces 2018, (KCMO 9 weeks arts festival)                        

Eva Reynolds Fine Arts                                

Country Club Christian Church                                 

The Art Museum of Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX                        

The Warwick Society, KCAI                                

The Vanguard Club, KCMO

Just a Little Something, Toronto: children’s wear designer                    

Heart’s Design, Lenexa: children’s wear designer

The Canadian Craft Council, Toronto, Ontario, guest presenter 


1980’s - until my last daughter was married in 2017, 
Creative Options Design: Custom Bridal gowns and couturière


1979 Graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, Fashion Design

1977-1981 My Coming of Age in Manhattan, New York, New York


Student at Shawnee Mission South and the University of Kansas        

Helping hand for 5 years at Ranchview Floral & Interiors, Leawood, KS    

1970’s Learned to sew (and did so every day for the next several decades)

1960’s Self-proclaimed artist and future fashion designer


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