Centennial Christian School students Sydney Mantel

Students share art talents

Young artists at Centennial Christian School are sharing their work with the community in different ways.

Young artists at Centennial Christian School are sharing their work with the community in different ways.

First off, Terraceview Lodge approached the students to do a mural on the walls and doorway at the end of a hall in their dementia unit.

With the door disguised by artwork designed by student Foster Mantel and painted by Sydney Mantel, Lucas Lanterman and Chelsea MacDonald, residents in the unit can walk down the hallway and turn around rather than stop and try to open the door to leave.

Next, art teacher Tim Block asked parent Henry Turpstra to cut up plywood into the shape of snowboards for students to design images for the top and bottom – both images had to be consistent with each other.

“I approached him because I thought maybe he would be able to do that and he was willing to do it so he spent several hours just sawing up plywood,” said Block. About 60 were done and students from Grade 4 to Grade 12 sanded, primed and painted the designs on them.

“The kids really enjoyed it,” said Block.

Parent Karen Shaw-Carter liked the project and thought they’d be a perfect match at Shames Mountain.

She contacted Shames general manager Christian Theberge and he agreed to put 12 of the snowboards up.

They’re on the main level of the lodge close to the ceiling on the support beams.

A poster nearby lets people know that the students made them.

“What a chance for have students’ artwork to be displayed and I also thought it’s a way for the students to give back to the community,” said Shaw-Carter.

Block asked Turpstra to saw the extra snowboard pieces into surfboards, which Grades 4 to 7 students are working on right now. Once again, both sides will be painted but the design for the surfboards has to be fish or flowers.

“They just work at their skill level which I think is the coolest thing about this,” said Block. “The kids who are really good at drawing, they can create more like an illustration and the ones who are less keen on that can still work on colour and simple shapes to make cool surfboards. It’s very inclusive.”

The finished works will be on display at the school’s evening of arts, which also will feature a band concert and dessert night June 5.