|EAST HILL PARTNERING WITH MCGILL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY|
EAST HILL PARTNERING WITH MCGILL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
MONTREAL, APRIL 13, 2017 – Stamps have taken on a whole new meaning for Grade 4 students at East Hill Elementary School in R.D.P., as in partnership with McGill University Library, they have embarked on a project that delves into the history of stamps and the stories behind them.
The highlight of the project will be a visit to McGill’s McLennan-Redpath Library Complex (3459 McTavish) on Friday, April 21 (9:45 am) to see the Every Stamp a Story exhibition featuring items from the David Lank Collection, which at 50,000 stamps is the largest university philatelic resource of its kind.
Entitled Every Stamp A Story, McGill University Library and East Hill School created a project that, based on Lank’s collection, invited students to choose a stamp that inspired them and create a story. Beginning with research, which included the history of the stamp, the wildlife and the country of origin, students created their story, much like the original artists did through their artwork.
On April 21, David Lank will speak to the students about his exhibit and personally give them a tour of his collection. Following the tour, students will also attend a workshop given by Claudio D’Angelo, a renowned artist who has designed numerous coins for the Royal Canadian Mint, and painted images that have appeared on conservation stamps. He will show students a few basic techniques and guide them in designing their own wildlife stamps to help celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.
Michael J. Cohen