PTSA Reflections Competition: What Is Your Story?

Over the next few weeks, I’d like to give all students the opportunity to create an entry for PTA Reflections Program.   This year’s theme is “What is your Story?”

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works in 6 categories: visual arts, photography, literature, music composition, dance choreography, and film production.

We will create the art in class and it will be up to the students to submit their art work. The schools all seem to have different deadlines, so check with your local school.  More information is available here.

What we will Create:

At the suggestion of one of my teen students, we will take this opportunity to create a project of the student’s choice, around the theme “What is Your Story.” The students can pick any medium that is available in my studio: drawing, painting, collage, print making, encaustics. Whatever they want, as long as the artwork meets the official rules:

Accepted forms of visual art include: drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.

Additionally, the artwork MAY NOT exceed 18”x24” and 3/8” thickness, including matting.

  • Entries may be created on paper, canvas board, cardboard, hot or cold pressboard, or cut canvas.
  • Nothing three-dimensional (fabric, string, noodles, beans, beads, etc.) may move freely off the surface of a work.
  • Entries should be mounted on foam core, sturdy cardboard, mat board, or some other rigid material.
  • NO wood, metal, plastic, glass, or framed canvas.

Lastly, each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least one sentence but may not exceed 100 words.

Here is a collection of past National winners:

What if your Student is not in the Qualifying School District?

Even if your student is not in the qualifying school district, this project will give them the opportunity to create Art with a Theme. Making art is wonderful but making art around a theme takes it to an even deeper level. PLUS this gives the students the opportunity to pick whatever medium they want that is available in my studio.


 Because the deadlines for submission vary between schools, we are going to start this project as soon as possible.   The Elementary Classes will start next week. The Teens will start as soon as they finish their mosaics. I will have some examples for the students and we will spend some class time brainstorming ideas. If you have a chance, please talk with your student about some potential art projects.

See you next week!  reflections-2016











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