Stu­dents see world th­rough rose co­lou­red glass

Birch­wood kids ta­ckle stai­ned glass pro­ject

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Stu­dents at Birch­wood Ele­men­ta­ry School in Saint-La­zare have be­come ap­pren­tice stai­ned glass de­si­gners and ar­tists, thanks to a pro­ject tea­ming the young­sters with an ar­tist brought in by the school.

Prin­ci­pal Co­leen Tur­ner cre­di­ted a $4,000 grant for which the school ap­plied, for its abi­li­ty to bring in ar­tist Ni­cole Trem­blay. Trem­blay would be wor­king with the kids on a dai­ly ba­sis to create a to­tal of 10 stai­ned glass win­dows - five large win­dows and five smal­ler win­dows - all of which will be hung in the school’s se­cond sto­ry li­bra­ry. The wall to cei­ling bank of win­dows over­looks the school’s atrium and is the main ga­the­ring place for all stu­dents at lunch­time.

Birch­wood’s Home and School com­mit­tee paid the re­mai­ning $2,000 in the to­tal $6,000 pro­ject cost. And then the stu­dents got to work. “We as­ked them to draw pic­tures re­pre­sen­ting eve­ry­thing we stand for here at Birch­wood,” Tur­ner ex­plai­ned.

Trem­blay then took the dra­wings and com­pi­led 10 images in­cor­po­ra­ting such concepts as books, mu­sic, edu­ca­tion, sports, arts, culture and more. And lit­tle by lit­tle, stu­dents from grades 1 to 6 took turns wor­king in small groups with Trem­blay to out­line the sto­ry told in each win­dow. Next they got to work pain­ting the images in with stai­ned glass paint.

The end re­sults are vi­brant hued and ener­ge­tic works of art.

“Eve­ry student had a hand in this pro­ject in one way or ano­ther,” Tur­ner, who is al­so an ar­tists, ad­mit­ted.

The win­dows will be ins­tal­led short­ly, she said, once all of the lo­gis­tics of per­ma­nent­ly han­ging them are iro­ned out.

PHOTOTHÈQUE

The John Ab­bott Col­lege Is­lan­ders men’s basketball team, in­clu­ding #8 Ri­car­do Monge, play in the up­co­ming CCAA Men’s Basketball Cham­pion­ship.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA EDSON

Some stu­dents work on the pro­ject that’s over­seen by Home and School vo­lun­teers.

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