MONTREAL, JUNE 18, 2012 – In an innovative project which united the literacy and the arts, the English Montreal School Board’s Pedagogical Services department and Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (6800 Pierre de Coubertin) will unveil five “Literacy Murals” on June 20 (1 p.m. ).
The project was conceived by Principal Nancy Richer, Literacy and Resource Teacher Emiliana Settino, EMSB Arts Education Consultant Melissa-Ann Ledo with the artwork overseen by artist Kevin Ledo (www.kevinledo.com).
After the unveiling on Wednesday, the murals will serve as unique literacy areas in the giving each “house” of students their own place where they can read and spend time together.
In advance of the painting, students completed visual arts lessons in their classrooms which opened up their eyes to the different types of literacy. Each cycle was given a different theme for which to draw inspiration for their murals.
Finally, under the guise of Kevin Ledo, the students took part in a school-wide painting project. Having just completed the lessons, the students were asked to draw inspiration from the lessons and put that forward into their artwork.
“The project invited students to take part in a school wide initiative that encouraged literacy in both English and French,” said Melissa-Ann Ledo. “The visual arts lessons they worked on in the classroom were prepared specifically to provide students the opportunity to develop an understanding of various different types of literacy, including visual literacy, and for them to look critically at their personal, social and cultural environment. Having them working together on this also fostered a true spirit of openness to new cultural experiences and respect for a wide diversity of talents.”