February 21, 2019

Learning for Life Program Hosts Art Show at Opportunity House

Kishwaukee College's Workforce & Community Education Division has partnered with Opportunity House, Inc. to offer clients and other adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities academic-based coursework in the Learning for Life program. Students in Visual Thinking Strategies 5 & 6 will host an exhibition of their artwork. Gallery opening and reception is on February 27 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Opportunity House, 357 N. California Street, Sycamore. Refreshments will be served. 

Opportunity House, Inc. serves DeKalb County and assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with workforce training, living in homes of their choice, and enjoying community life. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is an art curriculum that helps develop communication skills, critical thinking, and supportive analysis. Learning for Life Developer and Instructor Carla Raynor says the course is about “giving [clients] as many new experiences as possible.” 

Through guided questioning, clients are encouraged to engage in deeper analysis of artwork that focuses on understanding one’s own basis of interpretation. As homework, students create their own art in a similar style of the artist they are studying. Learning for Life is funded through Kishwaukee College Foundation.  

The upcoming exhibit features client's artwork highlighting 12 different artists that were studied in VTS. For more information, please contact Carla Raynor at craynor@kish.edu or call Opportunity House at 815-895-5108 ext. 152.


Photo: Instructor Carla Raynor shows Exotic Landscape by French artist Henri Rousseau. Pictured: Carla Raynor.

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