Pan Am / Para Pan Am Chair Project

From July 10th to August the 15th, thousands of athletes and para-athletes from 41 countries will converge on the city of Toronto for the 2015 Pan Am / Para Pan Am Games.

Considered as the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games (just right behind the Summer Olympics and the Asian Games), this event will also highlight the many communities of our wonderful city.

Included in the highlights is the work of our design students from St. Elizabeth CHS. As part of beautifying the Athletes’ Village venue, the organizers of the Games invited all high school students in the province to design and paint on three, 7-foot Muskoka chairs. Each of the chairs must have its own theme (cottage life, the waterfront and the city skyline) with its particular colour scheme.

It’s special to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s something that we will never experience again.

Assigned in Mr. Galang’s grade 11 design class as a culminating project task, every student had an opportunity to form a group (of 4 to 5 students) and to pursue a theme of their choosing.

In all, five groups submitted a design and the team of Jessica Bartella, Natalie Grossi, Samantha Hansel and Monique Lopes won in the theme category of “Cottage Life”.

Using Native Aboriginal art as a point of inspiration, the group decided to include a powerful image of the Loon in its idyllic northern environment.

“Well, Norval Morrisseau was an inspiration,” Jessica explained. “Also, the number of colours he could put in and how well they worked together was a good frame of reference,” Monique added.

As the Games conclude in mid-August, the chairs will be donated to the winning schools as a reminder of the spirit of competition that embodies the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games.

“It’s special to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s something that we will never experience again,” said Natalie, an accomplished athlete herself.

“It is an absolute honour to have been one of the winners of the 2015 Pan Am / Para Pan Am Games chair design contest,” said grade 11 student Samantha. “We couldn’t be more grateful for this extraordinary opportunity to represent Canadian pride and talent to the world!”

Please click here to check out the rest of the class entries.