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A Cast of Characters

May 11, 2018

A pig named Geoff, a horse called Fergus, and a dancing baby bird are just a few of the creatures that now welcome young students and their families to The Barn, one of Lasell College's Holway Child Study Centers. The animals are part of a mural created by students in Professor Margo Lemieux's class, "These Walls Can Talk."

Lasell students create mural at The Barn, a Holway Child Student Center

The idea stemmed from Professor Stephen Fischer, and eventually made its way to Lemieux and Kellee Miller, education director at The Barn. The cross-campus, intergenerational collaboration tasked Lemieux's students with conceptualizing and executing the mural's creative direction. Emma Helstrom '19 and Alexandra Franciosi '18 worked on the design and Franciosi, who is also a student employee at The Barn, served as liaison between the two groups.

The finished mural was revealed in late April to the excitement of Lasell's youngest students.

"As soon as students enter the building, you can hear them talk each morning about the different animals," said Miller. "They love all of the names of the creatures and the story behind them."

Geoff the Pig, part of the new mural at The Barn, a Holway Child Student Center at Lasell College

That story has continued to develop even after the mural's completion. Throughout the painting process, Lemieux's students created a narrative around each of the animals and their relationship to one another. Their creative thinking has led to a secondary product - an accompanying coloring book, Welcome to The Barn: A Barnyard Story.

"The book was a surprise development in our class," said Lemieux. "But it seemed like a natural step to take."

The coloring book will feature original images of each of the animals and is near completion. Students at The Barn will receive printed copies this summer.    

Selection from "Welcome to the Barn" coloring book

Participating Lasell students included:
Scott Bergeron
Olivia Case
Katharine Doyle
Isabella Ferragamo 
Alexandra Franciosi 
Emma Helstrom 
Meghan Kiejna
Emily Lance
Erica Palm
Kayla Somsanouk