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Carbonear Collegiate students honour soldiers with new mural

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.
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.

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 Beaumont-Hamel, 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 present-day (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.”

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 Beaumont-Hamel, 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 present-day (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.”

The Carbonear Collegiate Art Club found a unique way to pay tribute to those we take time to remember each year on Remembrance Day.

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.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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