LAKE WALES – About 125 aspiring artists wielded paintbrushes, molded clay and dyed Ukrainian eggs to express their creativity during Polk Avenue Elementary’s Family Involvement Night in April.
“The families had an amazing time painting, sculpting and making Ukrainian eggs,” said Principal Gail Quam. The April 5 event for parents and children was part of a monthly series of Family Involvement Nights at the school.
The Aspiring Artist Night featured two guest artists: painter Dorene Butler and sculptor Kumpa Tawornprom. Kindergarten teacher Lonnie Murphy also shared her artistic talents during the evening.
Dorene Butler demonstrated watercolor techniques for the group, to help them get started on their own watercolor paintings. A resident of Lakeland, Butler often translates her love of nature through painting, drawing and poetry. She is part of a large family of artists, including her father, wildlife and landscape painter Robert Butler.
Kumpa Tawornprom talked about the sculpting process before the aspiring artists each got clay to mold and shape. A native of Thailand, he has a degree in Architectural Design from the Royal Thai Academy.
Although most of the students and parents knew Lonnie Murphy as a kindergarten teacher at Polk Avenue, they discovered that she also is a cartoonist and illustrator who enjoys paper making and the art of Ukrainian or pysanky egg design. The aspiring artists designed their own eggs during the evening event.
PHOTO #1: Polk Avenue Elementary families try sculpting clay during the Aspiring Artist Night.
PHOTO #1: Artist Dorene Butler (standing) of Lakeland demonstrates watercolor painting, while families experiment with the process.
PHOTO #3: Kindergarten teacher Lonnie Murphy explains the process for creating pysanky or Ukrainian eggs.