ACES stu­dents get snowy les­son

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer’s Cliff

The snow­men and snow sculp­tures cre­ated by the chil­dren of Ayer’s Cliff this win­ter are sure to reach a new level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion now that the stu­dents of Ayer’s Cliff El­e­men­tary School (ACES) have re­ceived in­struc­tion from a pro­fes­sional snow sculp­tor. Last Thurs­day and Fri­day at

the Ayer’s Cliff Fair­grounds, all the stu­dents, one class at a time, learnt the ba­sic tech­niques of snow sculpt­ing from artist Jac­ques Baril as part of the Que­bec gov­ern­ment’s “Artist in the School” pro­gram.

“The artist worked with teams of four to six stu­dents. The stu­dents told him what they wanted to build and he would get them started. It’s good to do some­thing dif­fer­ent ar­tis­ti­cally with the chil­dren; it feeds their imag­i­na­tions,” ex­plained Louise Pot­ter who teaches grade three and art at the school. Mr. Baril taught the chil­dren the tech­nique of rolling up crazy car­pets and packing them with snow to make hard cylin­ders to use as the base of the sculp­tures, and how to use small tools like gar­den­ing tools and brushes for the fin­ish­ing touches.

“The snow wasn’t the best but mak­ing the cylin­ders of snow first re­ally helped. The kids were re­ally ex­cited with this project. On Fri­day at 2:00 the whole school went back to the fair­grounds to take a tour of all the fin­ished snow sculp­tures,” said Ms. Pot­ter. Among those chilly works of art were whales, bears, peo­ple and other crea­tures – I don’t think there was a snow­man in sight!

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Un­for­tu­nately this im­pres­sive al­li­ga­tor didn’t sur­vive Ayer’s Cliff’s in­clement con­di­tions for more peo­ple to see.

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