MVDS hosts school fun day

Robert Fisher
Staff Reporter

BARRY’S BAY – The month of May ended on a high note for students at Madawaska Valley District School (MVDS) with the school hosting a fun day May 31. The primary school grades had activities, including bouncy castles and washer toss outside. In the evening, the high school grades showed off their artistic and musical talents inside the school. A student concert finished out the day and evening of fun.

Hadley Layman, 17 in Grade 12, was one of the artists in the exhibit. Visitors couldn’t miss her large-scale local interpretation of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night as they walked through the halls. Titled Starry Night Over Barry’s Bay, Hadley said she came up with the idea during an empowerment class. “We were brainstorming ideas to liven up the school,” and she came up with the concept of taking a famous painting and adding Barry’s Bay to it.

“At the start I found it very tricky,” she said, about trying to replicate the style of the Dutch post-impressionist. One difficulty was she was working with acrylic and Van Gogh worked with oil. “Near the end I started to learn some new techniques,” that she could incorporate into the piece.

Hadley has been doing art, basically, as long as she can remember. “I really gravitated towards it. As I got older I kept practicing, basically everyday I would draw. It’s so fun and it led me here.”

She has taken art classes through high school and worked in the art lab through two co-op placements.
When she was younger, she drew a lot of cartoon sketches. Her style has changed as she moved into high school and now she favours more realism in her work. She sought out works from other artists and tried to recreate those as part of her own self-learning process.

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