Third and fourth grade students from Helen M. Knight Elementary School participated in the Look Where We Live project, working on plein air painting techniques and learning about natural science at local Arches and Canyonlands national parks in April. 

A 3rd Grader depicting the Green River Overlook in Island in the Sky. [Sara/Courtesy photo]
4th grade paint the Windows Section of Arches with colored pencil and markers. [Sara/Courtesy photo]

A team of local artists led by Bruce Hucko mentored the students, including pastel artist Peggy Harty, watercolorist Charlotte Quigley and multimedia artist Pete Apicella. The Look Where We Live project has taken place for a decade, with Hucko reflecting that “It is always great to visit Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, but visiting with one or two classrooms of children a day, most who have never been, is truly meaningful.” 

The project is funded by Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks: The Bates Wilson Legacy Fund, the National Park Service, and the  HMK School Community Council. 

“The Look Where We Live project is a Grand County School District staple and cherished by our local community,” said Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks Program Manager Sara Hinck. “We look forward to continuing to support this project that has inspired young minds for many more generations to come!” 

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