High School stu­dents re­mem­ber with art

Group project for Re­mem­brance Day com­mem­o­rates Beau­mont-Hamel

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBINSON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Art Club found a unique way to pay trib­ute to those we take time to re­mem­ber each year on Re­mem­brance Day. Un­der the di­rec­tion of teacher Krissie Worth­man, over a dozen stu­dents are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a mu­ral set to be un­veiled dur­ing the high school’s Re­mem­brance Day as­sem­bly Nov. 10.

Putting their cre­ativ­ity to the test, a group of Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate stu­dents are putting in ex­tra time at school to hon­our New­found­lan­ders who faced unimag­in­able hor­rors over­seas.

By the time the school’s Re­mem­brance Day as­sem­bly is held this Thurs­day, an eight- by- six­teen- foot mu­ral will be ready to un­veil. It de­picts a field in Beau­mon­tHamel, France. Hun­dreds of New­found­lan­ders were ei­ther killed or in­jured July 1, 1916 in a mis­sion that was part of the Bat­tle of the Somme.

“We just talked as a group about what we wanted,” ex­plained Krissie Worth­man, an art teacher at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. “We de­cided that we were go­ing to have present­day (im­ages) on each end. So we’ve got two stu­dents over­look­ing the bat­tle­field on the right-hand side. The left-hand side is the Cari­bou (Mon­u­ment) up on the side look­ing down … and we wanted the sol­diers in the mid­dle in a black-and-white scene. Sort of like present-day merg­ing to the bat­tle scene from Beau­mont-Hamel.”

Orig­i­nally, the Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Art Club was go­ing to paint the mu­ral di­rectly onto a wall in­side the school next to the main en­trance. Then stu­dents came up with a new idea — to have a mu­ral dis­played out­doors to brighten up the ex­te­rior.

“So we said, ‘If we’re go­ing to do it, lets put it out­side the school to brighten up the out­side of the build­ing,’ and where it’s such an im­por­tant year with the (100th) an­niver­sary of Beau­mont-Hamel, we’ll put it out­side as a fixed piece that we’ll keep for a long, long time.”

Ac­cord­ing to Krissie, Prin­ci­pal Carla Roberts en­cour­aged them to make it re­ally big, so the group broke the piece up into four pan­els for stu­dents to work to­gether on.

“It’s re­ally go­ing to add a lot to the aes­thet­ics of the school,” said Krissie.

Work started Oct. 23, and since then they’ve been punch­ing the clock ev­ery chance they can get. They’ve spent the last two Satur­days at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate paint­ing and meet reg­u­larly af­ter school on week­days.

“The stu­dents that are here this year are re­ally good,” Krissie said. “They’re amaz­ing, they’re so help­ful, and they’re tal­ented.”

The art teacher also cred­its Kayla Ge­orge for be­ing par­tic­u­larly help­ful with the project. Kayla, who plans to study art at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity’s Gren­fell Cam­pus, went to Beau­mont-Hamel last sum­mer.

Once a few coats of fin­ish­ing prod­uct are added to the mu­ral, it will be in­stalled out­side the school. Krissie ex­pects that won’t hap­pen un­til later this month.

The stu­dents that are here this year are re­ally good. They’re amaz­ing, they’re so help­ful, and they’re tal­ented. Krissie Worth­man


Over a dozen stu­dents from the Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Art Club are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a large mu­ral set to be un­veiled dur­ing this Thurs­day’s Re­mem­brance Day as­sem­bly.

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