Reflections Art Program –

Calling all Paly creators to enter works in the PTA Reflections Art Program

The PTA Reflections Art Program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts for all students.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme.

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.

The Paly PTSA is honored to host this event every year for students. 

Questions?

Please email reflections@palyptsa.org.

2023-24 Reflections Art Program – I am hopeful because…

 
23-24 Judges

Colin Benoit is Lead Cinematic Artist on the Special Projects team at Epic Games, where he specializes in real-time virtual cinematography and virtual production. Before joining Epic, Colin spent 15 years at Industrial Light + Magic as a Layout Supervisor on such films as Iron Man, Rango, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, earning multiple Visual Effects Society awards for Outstanding Virtual Cinematography. 

Brittany R. Bradley is an award-winning alternative process photographer and an established museum and gallery professional. Her work has been featured in group exhibits at the Center for Photographic Art, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Photos De Femmes, the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, and the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival.

Taryn Curiel is an artist and a teacher. She has cultivated her passion for creativity and art from a young age in her hometown of Mexico City. After moving to the Bay Area she has enjoyed an award-winning international art career, while keeping close ties with her native country. An abstract watercolor artist with more than 20 years of painting experience, Taryn has been sharing and teaching her love of art with teens and adults for nearly ten years.

Paul Dunlap has taught English at Gunn since 1994.  Courses taught include the English/Theater interdisciplinary “Shakespeare in Performance,” “Dramatic Literature in Performance,” and Creative Writing  In 2004 he received the Principal’s Cup Award for excellence in teaching.  He is a National Board Certified Teacher, and he has published poetry and fiction in national journals.

Cindy Ginanni has a lifetime of training in jazz, tap, and ballet and is the Artistic Director of Dance Connection. She has been teaching dance for 40 years to all ages and abilities, and is now seeing the second generation of her dance students. Cindy founded Dance Connection in 1987, located at the Cubberley Community Center.

Martha Sakellariou is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Palo Alto California. She has lived and worked in Greece, the UK and US and holds an MA from the Royal College of Art, London and a BFA from the Athens School of Fine Arts.  Using a wide range of traditional and non traditional media including photography, video, installation, performance and textiles, she explores ideas and themes of domesticity and identity. Her works have been exhibited internationally and belong to private and public collections. marthasakellariou.com

Kathy Sherman is a 50+ year professional musician and music educator. A proud graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s classical guitar performance program, Kathy has also studied ethnomusicology at UCLA and interdisciplinary computer science with an emphasis on music at Mills College. She became involved in early childhood music education and has worked with hundreds of our Palo Alto students in their pre K – TK classes.

Categories

  • Use your personal email or your parents/guardian email to fill out the virtual student entry form. The virtual student entry form will not accept a school email address (any .edu address).
  • Make sure that after you have uploaded your entry and completed the Virtual Student Entry Form, you must then scroll down to click on the “Submit Box”. 
  • You will then receive an email from Google Forms that your submission was received.

Annual Theme Search

Each year, students are invited to submit themes for the annual Reflections Art Program that will inspire young artists to create original works.

Submit your Theme search entries between September 1, 2023 and November 1, 2023.

FAQs

  • Does the student need to be a member of the Paly PTSA to enter? While we encourage all families to join the PTSA, there is no membership requirement in order to participate in the Reflections program.
  • Does the parent of a student need to be a member of the Paly PTSA to enter? Again, no.  This program is something that the PTSA offers all Paly Students.
  • Are there prizes? There are different prizes determined at each level.  Winners will earn recognition on the local, district, state and national levels or the program.
  • When will the winners be announced? The Paly winners will be announced at our Reflections celebration in early November.  Please check back for a specific date.

Submission Guidelines

  • Use your personal email or your parents/guardian email to fill out the virtual student entry form. The virtual student entry form will not accept a school email address (any .edu address).
  • Make sure that after you have uploaded your entry and completed the Virtual Student Entry Form, you must then scroll down to click on the “Submit Box”. 
  • You will then receive an email from Google Forms that your submission was received.

Annual Theme Search

Each year, students are invited to submit themes for the annual Reflections Art Program that will inspire young artists to create original works.

Submit your Theme search entries between September 1, 2023 and November 1, 2023.

FAQs

  • Does the student need to be a member of the Paly PTSA to enter? While we encourage all families to join the PTSA, there is no membership requirement in order to participate in the Reflections program.
  • Does the parent of a student need to be a member of the Paly PTSA to enter? Again, no.  This program is something that the PTSA offers all Paly Students.
  • Are there prizes? There are different prizes determined at each level.  Winners will earn recognition on the local, district, state and national levels or the program.
  • When will the winners be announced? The Paly winners will be announced at our Reflections celebration in early November.  Please check back for a specific date.