The National PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six areas: dance choreography, film/video, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage). In its more than 30-year history, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art.
Each year, the Reflections Program challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. Themes are selected from thousands of ideas submitted by students to the National PTA's Reflections Program Theme Search.
The theme for the 2012-2013 school year is "The Magic of a Moment"
Participating in the Reflections Program is an opportunity for students to explore and learn about various art forms. An entry created for the Reflections program should be the original work of one student and can be created as a classroom assignment or independently at home. Artistic exploration and expression enhance and develop intellectual, social, and physical skills. Creating art is a valuable learning process.
When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, photography, and other art forms, they grow intellectually. They learn to analyze their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. The Reflections Program also helps parents encourage and recognize the continuous self-discovery process of their children.
All entries are due by the end of the day, October 29th, in the school office. For more information about Reflections, please contact Tina Ellis , 206-992-5915, IM PTSA Reflections Chair.
Complete rules and guidelines can be found on the Washington State PTA website and in the IMS office.