Birchwood mural reminder of team effort
As the school year winds down for students at Birchwood Elementary School in Saint-Lazare, one thing is sure, it was not your average year at the school that opened in December amid much controversy.
But the lesson for students and staff at the new English school was that by working together everyone rose above the turmoil of missed construction deadlines, and delay after delay.
Nothing illustrates that better than the Birchwood mural, a series of paintings depicting the four seasons of the year that stretch down a main hallway on the school’s first floor.
Professional Brazilian artist Marcio Melo, a figurative painter known for his bold and colourful styles, designed the concept and created an outline for the mural that included 263 boxes that were later filled in by Birchwood students. Melo, who lives outside of Ottawa and is a member of Quebec’s Ministry of Culture Artists in Schools program, completed his part of the mural in four sessions. Students, and 15 parent volunteers did the rest by filling in the tiny canvases created by Melo.
The end result is a vibrant mural that will be a testament to the teamwork that saw Birchwood through its less than average start to the school year, and which will remain a visual reminder of the new school’s first year in Saint-Lazare.
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