Hadley Junior High School

Gatineau (Hull), Qu├ębec

"Spirit of Hadley"

On February 20, 21 and 22, 2012 I worked on a mural project at Hadley Junior High School in Gatineau. The theme for the mural was "Spirit of Hadley". Talking to art teacher Kay Kerman, with whom I worked on this project, we agreed to create a background that would resemble the praying flags of Tibet. These spaces once painted became the background for the students to place their images and words, which were statements about self esteem, hope, inner beauty, strength and positive messages that could be directed to all the school's students. It's the first time I've worked on a project where students included both writing and drawing, and I'm happy to have used this new concept. It's great that they have so many inspiring things to say, and how the drawing influences the writing, and vice-versa. Given the individual nature of the messages displayed. I thought the song "World In Our Hands" suited the concept of the project very well. Bravo to all participants!!! Enjoy it!! Marcio Melo