Tiffany Jorgensen (from left) with the models immortalized in the mural she painted for Mountview Elementary. Patrick Davies Photo

Mountview installs new mural representing their school’s spirit

Painted by Tiffany Jorgensen, the mural is made up of the ideas of all the students

The students of Mountview Elementary School have been treated to a beautiful new school mural courtesy of lakecity artist Tiffany Jorgensen.

Jorgensen has been a well-known artist in the community for years, typically working on a commission basis to create portraits and landscapes. Most recently she was announced the winner of the 2019 Williams Lake Stampede poster contest and her works most recently have been appearing in art shows at Dance in Common.

All three of Jorgensen’s daughters go to Mountview and she said she’s been looking to do something for the school for a while. In October of 2018, she expressed interest in creating a mural that represented the school’s spirit and values.

Principal Craig Munroe said when she brought the idea to him initially, he was immediately on board and brought the proposition before Mountview’s PAC for funding for the required supplies. Initially Jorgensen had wanted to paint the mural on an outside wall, however, Munroe said they chose instead to put it on a “nice freshly painted wall with nothing on it.” She then chose to paint the mural on a series of panels so that she could work on it from home.

Read More: Mountview students ‘suspend’ principal to raise over $400

Getting the students involved in the mural’s creation and inception was of key importance, so Munroe instructed all his teachers to ask their students what things they would like to see in a mural of their school. Once all their ideas about how life at Mountview should be portrayed were gathered, Munroe gave them to Jorgensen to use for inspiration.

“My part in all of this was just to facilitate it actually happening but all the hard work came from her and the PAC generously donated the funds to cover all the materials that she needed,” Munroe said.

Getting the green light from Munroe was exciting for Jorgensen as she saw this mural as a real way to contribute to her daughters’ school that she will be a parent at for 13 years. When Jorgensen received the collection of ideas from the students for the mural she was “so blown away by how creative” and interesting they were. She was so impressed that she did her best to choose four ideas from each class and incorporate them in some way into the mural.

Indeed the centrepiece of the mural, the word Mountview spelled out using current students, was an idea from the Grade 6 class. Jorgensen was sure to use students of all ages, races and backgrounds while selecting models for the mural and took the time to create striking likenesses of each.

One of her favourite parts of the mural are the trees with positive messages carved into them which spells out Mountview’s code of conduct, ROAR: responsibility, opportunity, acceptance and respect. The school’s mascot, a cougar, is also featured, as is the mountains that give Mountview its name.

Read More: Tiffany Jorgensen wins Stampede poster contest

The overall effect of the mural is something like a Where’s Waldo book, with a variety of hidden references and little puzzles hidden within the artwork, for the students to find. Almost all of these little details come directly from the students, with Jorgensen putting her own realism mixed with fantasy spin on them.

Working with the students was one of the most rewarding aspects of this project for her and made it all worth it. The result, she said, represents all that Mountview and its students are as a school and a community.

“This is them, this is their commission really, this (mural) is their ideas brought to life. This is totally Mountview,” Jorgensen said. “It’s just such a great school and community and I’m just so happy I got to do this.”

So far the reaction to the mural has been tremendous, according to Munroe. After its installation last week, he called the students down in classes to see the mural and have Jorgensen explain how she incorporated their ideas into the mural.

The excitement they felt as they packed into the hallway was palpable, he said.

“The kids that are a part of the actual letters can identify themselves very easily because she’s so good at what she does. It’s an amazing mural and it’s been very popular,” Munroe said. “We’re truly blessed to have her as a member of our parent group.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Sabine Wittgrubber and Kenzie Macdonald join hands to form the letter M in Mountview as they did for Tiffany Jorgensen’s mural. Parick Davies Photo.

Maia Sales, the daughter of Tiffany Jorgensen, was the model for the O in Mountview, due to her ability to bend into its shape. Patrick Davies photo.

James Sterne and Lexi Mindel formed the U in Mountview for the mural. Patrick Davies Photo.

Blake Hanley and Hayden Paul (not pictured) form the N in Mountview for Tiffany Jorgensen’s school mural. Patrick Davies Photo.

Alya Stafford formed the V in Mountview. Patrick Davies Photo.

The model for the I in Mountview was provided by Heaven Coleman. Patrick Davies Photo

Brooklyn Pelley (not pictured) and Quiton Sopp joined together to create the E in Mountview for their new school mural. Patrick Davies Photo.

Lucas Gullickson and Micah Brown formed the W to end off Mountview in their school’s brand new mural. Patrick Davies Photo.

Just Posted

Crews responding to vehicle fire on Highway 97 south of Williams Lake

A witness said the 150 Mile House volunteer fire department is attending, traffic lanes still open

LETTER: Williams Lake Dry Grad Committee officially cancels festivities for 2020

Socially distanced photos to adorn some local businesses

IG Wealth Management Williams Lake gifts iPads to Cariboo Place for residents’ use

With long-term care homes on lockdown during COVID-19, residents visit family virtually

BREAKING: Jayson Gilbert charged in murder of Richard “Savage” Duncan

Gilbert also faces first degree murder in the Rudy Johnson Bridge death of Branton Regner

RCMP seize stolen vehicles, equipment and firearms in Quesnel

Quesnel resident facing multiple charges

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Williams Lake Tribune continue its mission to provide trusted local news

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto vying to be NHL hubs, but there’s a catch

The NHL unveiled a return-to-play plan that would feature 24 teams

B.C. sees 9 new COVID-19 cases, one death as officials watch for new cases amid Phase Two

Number of confirmed active cases is at 244, with 37 people in hospital

Nanaimo senior clocked going 50 km/hr over limit says her SUV shouldn’t be impounded

RCMP say they can’t exercise discretion when it comes to excessive speeding tickets

Illicit-drug deaths up in B.C. and remain highest in Canada: chief coroner

More than 4,700 people have died of overdoses since B.C. declared a public health emergency in early 2016

CMHC sees declines in home prices, sales, starts that will linger to end of 2022

CMHC said average housing prices could fall anywhere from nine to 18 per cent in its forecast

B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Three-time world and Paralympic gold medalist Sonja Gaudet is part of 11-member class

Most Read