Joy's Scrapbook

Artist in Residence children's program

In 2013, I was selected as Artist in Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to my project, I was invited to direct two children's programs each Wednesday at Hidden Valley. Children of all ages were welcomed, but on this particular day most were fairly young. One of the older boys hung back and watched the presentation. I told the children how to use a viewfinder to select their subject for a painting. Then I did a quick demo in watercolor and allowed the children to use the available materials to develop their own creation. The young man who had been holding back, probably thinking he was too old for the activity, finally decided to join in. After he completed his painting, he brought it up to me and told me about it, then he gave it to me. I was so delighted that my presentation had inspired this young man to move past his reservations to make his own creation, and that he honored me by sharing his work with me. These are the moments that make volunteering so rewarding.
Park: Rocky Mountain National Park | Visit this park
Category: Making a Difference

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