NATIONAL ARTS & HUMANITIES MONTH 

Month of October

October is the perfect time for PTA to offer time, space and materials for students to participate in the arts. Share your support of family arts events, student clubs and visiting artists using #PTAReflections and #ShowYourArt.

REFLECTIONS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ARTS

“I matter because...”

That’s the theme for the 2020-2021 Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

Unleash creative talents and be inspired

Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork

Experience the fun and joy of making art

Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme

Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.


 

IMPORTANT REFLECTIONS DATES

DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE:

Email WRMSPTSAPres@gmail.com that you plan to submit an entry by October 15 to guarantee a participation ribbon

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRY

Entires will be due October 31. Student Entry Packet including entry form and rules, available in English and Spanish

The Top 2 winners per category, per grade division, will be submitted for PTA Reflections 31st District judging.

If you any questions, please contact wrmsptsapres@gmail.com, or go to http://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/ for more program details.

PARTICIPATION IS EASY, EXCITING AND EMPOWERING

All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

Student Entry Packet including entry form and rules, available in English and Spanish

Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

State-level Outstanding Interpretation honorees receive:

  • Onstage recognition at the California State PTA Annual Convention
  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Outstanding Interpretation plaque, award and certificate

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medallion, award and certificate

State-level Award of Merit honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention Reflections Gallery
  • Prizes including an Award of Merit medallion and certificate

National-level Outstanding Interpretation honorees are recognized get an expense-paid trip for the awardee and chaperone to showare work on state at teh National PTA Convention, $800 Young Artist Scholarship, Gold Medal, Certificate for OUtstanding Interpretation, will have their work featured in the traveling exhibition, and will win a $200 prize for Reed PTSA. Award of Excellence winners will win a $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal, Certificiate of Excellence, and will have their work featured in the traveling exhibition.


JUDGING CRITERIA:

  1. Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist statement. 
  2. Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 
  3. Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Judges strongly consider the interpretation of the Reflections theme during the evaluation process. It is suggested that students give their submissions a title that stands out and describes how the piece relates to the student’s personal interpretation of the theme. The following guiding questions can be useful when developing a title and artist statement: 

  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme?
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g., supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)
  • What/who was your inspiration?

WRMS REFLECTIONS WINNERS  2019-2020

Photography

1st Place - "Love & Anger" by Sabina Marino  (*2nd place at 31st District)

2nd Place - "In Need of Seed" by Ellie Goodman

3rd Place - "Finding Myself" by Brando Rossetti  

Literature

1st Place - "To Look Within" by Brianna Bogorad

2nd Place - "The Spark in the Darkness" by Suzuki Ohshima (*2nd place at 31st District)

3rd Place - "From Where it Flies" by Aiden Lee

Visual Arts

1st Place - "Walking in Their Moccasins" by Aiden Lee

2nd Place - "Beneath My Persona" by Isabel Song (1st Place at District; awaiting results from CA State PTA judging)

3pd Place - "One Giant Leap" by Michelel Choi

CONGRATULATIONS to all our talented artists!