Students see world through rose coloured glass
Birchwood kids tackle stained glass project
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.
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Some students work on the project that’s overseen by Home and School volunteers.