VMC students at VISTA

A group of 22 secondary three art students from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount utilized their artistic skills and talents to create a special Valentine’s Day gift for 15 seniors who live at VISTA, a modern residence for active seniors that’s located on Cote St. Luc Road. The program took place on two separate days. On January 28, the students were paired with one or two seniors, who were asked to bring with them a favourite photo of theirs. The groups then got acquainted with each other, and discussed the photos that the seniors brought with them. The students then used the chosen photos in art class to reproduce them using water colours or acrylic paint on canvas, or as a ink/pencil drawing that was mounted and encased in glass and then wrapped up in gift wrapping paper. On February 16, the students returned to VISTA to present their finished products to the seniors as a special gift for Valentine’s Day. This event was part of the VISTA Intergenerational Program (VIP), in which its objective is to explore issues of interest to seniors and youth with a view to increasing respect and understanding between the two age groups. A partnership between VISTA, the EMSB and the Commission scolaire de Montreal (CSDM), the VISTA Intergenerational Program accomplishes these objectives through educational and social events that brings students and seniors together on a monthly basis.