Monday, April 29, 2013

Kids Get to Paint at Discovery Day in Zion National Park

Artist Roland Lee let Dallin Taylor add a few brushstrokes to his plein air painting during Discovery Day. Plenty of paints and palettes were on hand for families to try out and Dallin was all grins when he got to paint on Roland's painting.
Dallin Taylor poses with Roland Lee in front of the painting he helped paint at Discovery Day in Zion National Park
Three of my favorite National Park Superintendents. Left to right: Paul Roelandt from Cedar Breaks; John Hiscock from Pipe Spring; and Jock Whitworth from Zion National Park.
Barb Graves, the education coordinator for Zion National Park with Roland Lee. Barb is responsible for implementing the Youth Education Initiative, sponsored by the Zion National Park Foundation. Funds raised by the foundation help bring youth into the national parks. 
This past week was National Park Week and visitors received free entrance to Zion National park. To celebrate, Zion Park had a wonderful "Discovery Day" with free activities aimed at kids and families. There were lots of displays and demonstrations from Zion, Cedar Breaks, and Pipe Spring National Monuments with interpretive rangers on hand to answer questions. The old time fiddlers pitched in to provide music, and the weather cooperated with plenty of sunshine. Several of the artists who will participate in the "Footsteps of Thomas Moran" plein air competition in November were on hand to demonstrate their skills. Visitors were excited to watch the painters work on location, and some of the artists even let the kids try their hand with a brush. All in all it was a fun day and great experience.

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