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High School Art Students Celebrate National Park Week

Student standing beside her watercolor painting of Grand Canyon National Park.
Gatlinburg-Pittman High School students created watercolor paintings of national parks. Seven of the paintings are on display at Sugarlands Visitor Center through May 1.

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Date: April 25, 2013

As a part of National Park Week, April 20-28, seven watercolor prints created by local art students at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School (GPHS) will be on display at Sugarlands Visitor Center through May 1.

GPHS art students recently completed a watercolor landscape project on America's National Parks in honor of National Park Week. Each student selected a park unit from across the nation including well known sites such as Grand Canyon National Park and lesser known treasures such as Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. Students created a watercolor image of a unique scene that reflected parks and also included information sheets that share interesting facts about each site.

"Because my family has been fortunate to visit so many incredible national parks, I decided I wanted to instill in my students an appreciation for the national park system and a desire to visit as well as help preserve these delicate environments," said GPHS Art Teacher Alice Fisher. Projects are currently displayed along the walls of GPHS to help make the school community aware of our National Parks.

The following select pieces are on display at Sugarlands Visitor Center:Acadia National Park by Heather Diebold, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site by William Atchley, Badlands National Park by Michael Byrnes, Grand Canyon National Park by Janie DeLozier, Redwoods National Park by Ashley Bixter, Padre Island National Park by Maria Flores, and Petrified Forest National Park by Dylan Yaksic.

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