Sunnyside Elementary in Stanstead is becoming quite the artful school. In the last few years The Record has reported on three different projects where students collaborated with visiting artists. With the library windows now decorated, the bicycle storage container painted, and a series of beautifully designed wooden slabs mounted at the front of the school, the students are now on to a new project. Sherbrooke artist Jean-Pierre Arcand was at the school Thursday to offer the students the opportunity to help with a pan-Canadian mural project. While the Grade 5 and 6 students spent the day working on panels that will continue traveling with Arcand and become part of a national mural project, the younger students at the school took turns visiting the painters and working on four separate panels that will remain at the school. Arcand’s ‘many hands make great work’ approach is not a new formula. For decades he has been involved in the Francoderole, a project boasting the largest ever artwork made by children, measuring 70 feet high and 540 feet wide. The current project that Sunnyside is helping with will be equally impressive, Arcand said. See full story in the Friday, Jan. 24 edition of The Record.
By Matthew McCully