Between sixteen and twenty is a period when adolescence evolves into adulthood. Jean-Paul's features still show the innocence of youth while an air of maturity arises. Thus, poking fun at a russian dancer troup called "Don River Cossacks" matures months later into assuming responsibility to decorate part of St-Joseph's Oratory to celebrate the tercentenary of Montreal.

Labor being particularly rare in wartime, the young artists of the École des Beaux-arts provided a helping hand building and painting the missionary exhibits while honing their skills and gaining precious experience.

Becoming an adult