SACO – Students are often asked to pursue their passions, to chase their dreams. For Lorraine Sun, a senior from Guangdong, China, her hope was for an education that focused on the arts. This led her to Thornton Academy.
Before she was even enrolled in any classes, Sun entered a local contest and submitted some of her paintings. She was only 5-years-old, but she won. She and her parents decided to formally enroll her at two schools, one for traditional subjects and one for art. But her art classes met only once a week.
“When I was young, I loved watercolors,” Sun said. “It was difficult, but I loved the final images on the paper.”
By the time she was 15, she and her parent wanted her to attend a high school where she could study traditional subjects and focus on the arts. Lorraine came to Thornton Academy halfway through freshman year, and three years later, she has taken nearly every drawing and painting class offered. Sun now has a complete portfolio of work and is looking forward to the next step in her art education.
At home, when I was in middle school, teachers seemed more concerned with other subjects. Here, I have learned so much and I hope to get into the art schools I’ve applied to. Someday, this might lead to a fashion line of my own.