Art was the gateway to learning for students at Opstad Elementary in North Bend.
In December, students invited all comers to see and celebrate their work as part of the PTA’s Reflections program, in its first year at the school.
The Reflections committee, chaired by Kristin Lockwood, Jackie Fedyk and Kristin Tetuán, received 54 submissions that included visual arts, music, photography, literature and sculpture.
Entries were judged by volunteers, local artists and business people in the Valley,
Twenty-eight pieces were selected to move forward to the district-level Reflections competition, where they will be judged by a new set of jurors, along with submissions from other schools in the region that participate in Reflections. After districts, they have the chance to move onto state and then national competitions.
On December 18, while enjoying the artwork and goodies from the bake sale, children had the opportunity to pose with Santa Claus in a vintage photo booth, courtesy of Tetuán Photography + Design. Visitors listened to live chamber music by Snoqualmie Strings Youth Orchestra.
Bake sale revenue and photo booth print revenue will go to the Opstad PTA Art Fund to provide the school with art supplies for the classrooms.
The national PTA Reflections competition is America’s oldest and largest arts education program of its kind. The program was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, Reflections has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork.
You can learn more about the program at http://www.pta.org/programs/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2897.
Photos by Kristin Tetuán
Opstad student Harrison Perkins goofs with Santa in the photo booth.
Snoqualmie Strings players perform at Opstad
Students meet Santa at the Opstad Elementary Reflections event.