SHS Art Class Provides Creative Elective for Students in the Multiply Challenged Program


For the first time, special education students in the Multiply Challenged Program at Schaumburg High School are showcasing their talents and creativity in art class.

The SHS A100 art course allows students in the MC program to participate in an art elective that was not previously offered. Many of the students in the MC Program are non-verbal and non-ambulatory, and the hands-on experiences during class are adapted for the students’ varying physical and visual impairments.

With the assistance of SHS staff and teachers, students break up his or her daily routine by painting, drawing, ceramics, and printmaking, which allows the students to express themselves.

“We celebrate the work of artists from many different cultures throughout history as well as those with alternative abilities,” said Gordon James, art department chair at Schaumburg High School. “This experience is both physically and emotionally engaging for our MC students and allows them to have increased exposure to new staff and students in our SHS community. They are an integral part of the SHS family and we are happy to honor the work they do with communal art shows for the students, staff, and parents of SHS.”

Earlier in the school year, students had an art show in the fall called “Chaos & Control” that displayed their work to the SHS community. The students used their augmentative communication devices to talk about their artwork. The work was then displayed in the faculty lounge. View the slideshow below to see the students’ work.