31 March 2016

Marist education

Marcellin through the eyes of Marist students

Second year students in Marian College Dublin are the winners of the Marist Education Art Competition which had been organised to invite students of our Marist-linked schools in the Province to “tell our Marist story with your colours!”


Click here to see the beautiful work of the winners: https://youtu.be/BAKyeREUNo8

We asked the Art Teacher and the students to tell us a little bit about their experience.

“Last month our school was asked by Aisling Demaison in Ma­rist Education, to enter a Marist Art Competition to il­lus­trate the life of Marcellin Champagnat in a new way. I was delighted at how receptive the students were about the story of the man who created the philosophy behind the school they sit in today.

I know the story of Marcellin is one they can relate to. He was an interesting young man full of ideas, wanting to learn and have fun with his friends. At times he didn’t like school, he could get in trouble, he wanted to be young and free with his friends and then tragedy struck and he lost his mother and his friend in a short space of time. It changed him and made him think of the real and important things in life. He wanted to make a difference and I think his story is relatable in some way to everyone. I per­son­ally really enjoyed creating the photos with the students as it felt more personal than using photos from the internet or history books. I think the students reached a high standard of lino printing for such a short time and their ability to work together and help each other was really lovely to see.


So we began to re-enact the story with the help of all the cos­tumes at our dis­pos­al from school plays gone by. A wizard cloak turn­ed in­side out, a wil­low road, waist­coats and some Oli­ver style hats were all we need­ed to make Mar­cel­lin’s sto­ry come to life.

From these fantastic and often hilarious photos we made our drawings and then some really beautiful lino prints which made up our little book. The photos, drawings and prints have turned a story of our founder Marcellin from a historical story to a more personal one, for all of us here at Marian College.

Special mention to Milan Eszes, Robert Manonache, Raul Einache, Alexander Salami, Sergio Manzaneque, Francisco Espejo and Alex Bodenea for doing justice to Marcellin young and old, Cosmin for embracing the costumes one and all (he made a wonderful Marcellin’s Mammy), Jordan Collins for being the Dying Boy… and to Sean Kynastan, Luke Flynn, Cian Moore, Augustine Valenzuela, Rhys Hickey, Anthony Ramirez, Denis Volkovs, Craig Kavanagh, Stephen Dima, Kyle Goad, Casey Whelan for playing the students and finally Milan Eszes and Sergio Vieira who directed the photos won­der­fully, to all well done.”

Ms. Laura Bermingham – Art Teacher


Here are some words from students who participated in the competition.


I enjoyed entering the competition with my friends because I got closer to them in a way. I had to pose as my character Marcellin Champagnat. I was em­bar­rass­ed at first but I got used to it.

I really enjoyed this competition and I thought it was a very fun idea. I found the drawing part easy but I found the lino part very challenging because it was my first time doing it. I spent a whole month work­ing on it and it turned out pretty good. I think the most enjoyable part of the project was when we had to portray different dialogues of the sorry of Mar­cel­lin. We dressed up as him and we took a pic­ture of a par­tic­u­lar part of the story because we didn’t want the linos to look old fashioned. Overall it was a really fun project. 

I learned a lot about Marcellin. I think that this is important because we are a Marist school.

My art work was a lino print, based on the piece of the story of Marcellin Champagnat, when his health was now giving way to the pressure of work, and in 1840 he told the Brothers to elect a new superior. I really enjoyed my lino printing project throughout the entire process, including the researching and modernising the picture of the story; drawing and editing my original drawing; helping others by participating in their pho­tograph when it was being taken as a base photo for their story; carving the lino and finally rolling on the ink and carefully printing the print with passion. 

I drew it a thousand of times until I made the picture that I liked the most. But eve­ry­one needed to help each other so we dressed like the different pictures, it was funny. Then the hour had come, I had to trace the Lino. When the picture was traced I started cutting. It had to really concentrate, thankfully, I didn’t cut myself. With a little bit of help I finished the lino and finally I printed it. I think that doing the Lino taught me about Marcellin’s history and to do something new that I’ve never done before.
By Second Year Students in Marian College Dublin.

Click here to see their beautiful work: https://youtu.be/BAKyeREUNo8

Aisling Demaison





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