Founder’s Day at Curecanti

Chalk drawing

Founder's Day activities included drawing with chalk on the sidewalks at Elk Creek Visitor Center.


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In celebration of Founder's Day 2012, the 96th birthday of the National Park Service, Curecanti National Recreation Area invited families to create personal expressions of their park experience through chalk art and batik painting. Young children were keen to trace large cardboard fish templates on the smooth cement walkways around the Visitor Center, and then fill them in with colorful jumbo sidewalk chalk. Soon, leaping fish in rainbow colors schooled around the entrance to the Visitor Center, including monster Lake Trout, Kokanee Salmon, and Rainbow Trout.  Older children and adults took their time studying photographs and illustrations of fish inhabiting Blue Mesa, before drawing them on silk with dye-resist, then coloring their designs by painting them with vivid fabric dyes.

Participants were thrilled by this opportunity to observe fish forms and colors closely, and then interpret them through their own experiences. Many commented on how much more they appreciated the variety of fish found in this cold water reservoir after spending time observing, drawing, and painting. The results speak for themselves!