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PTA Reflections Program 2011-2012

Diversty Means…

The PTA Reflections Program encourages students in all grade levels to pursue artistic expression.  Rosa Parks-Edison students can enter thier best creative work to illustrate this year’s theme– “Diversity Means…” — in six categories: visual arts, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, literature and photography.  Each project must be the original work of one person only, but students may ask for advice from their classroom teachers and special teachers in the areas of art and music.

To participate, please complete the form sent home and return it to your teacher.  Within two days, you’ll recieve an entry packet with the program rules and registration information.  You may entre more than one category, and you may have more than one entry in a category.

All entries will be judged by a panel of experts in January 2012.  School-level winners in each category will advance to the Indiana PTA Reflections Program.

Projects are due on or before Tuesday, December 13th, 2011.
If you have any questions about the PTA Reflections Program, or need an additional entry form, please contact Manda Newlin, 317.881.7581 or


Art Center Mania!

One of the things I implemented in my classroom several years ago was center activities.  It is probably one of my favorite areas of the classroom, and has definitely become a kid favorite as well!  Centers are available for students to “visit” if they fnish work of art with class time remaining.  Sometimes, we are even lucky enough to have Center days!  There are probably about 50 activity choices in my centers area: drawing books, tangrams, art games, pattern blocks, stamps, modeling clay, architecture magnets, card games, and much, MUCH more! 

Thomas tries out animation using one of the art links on our Rosa Parks Symbaloo at!


Grace is working on a magnetic mosaic!  (This center always gets chosen, even though there is never enough time to finish a masterpiece!)

Kaitlyn and Jayde work on drawing realistically from a drawing book.

Teachers:  If you are interested in learning more about our centers, send a note my way! 

Parents: Don’t be alarmed if your child brings home a paper airplane, pipe cleaner creature or foam construction from art class, and be reassured that those items are not part of our curriculum, but rather exploration time for your child!  (I always remind the students, “Please make sure your parents know this was a free time choice center!”)

Whammie Woof is Sick… :(

In case you haven’t heard the news, room 33’s beloved class “pet,” Whammie Woof, is sick.  While he once sang with joy and flapped his ears when classrooms earned 10 points in class, now, he just sings.  His ears flap no more.  Perhaps this is a result of many a joyful song because the RPE students are so amazing, or maybe it was the result of an overly friendly friend playing with his ears as he waited quietly at the front of the room.  Whatever it was, he is just not the same.  Whammie will continue to live happily and sing a joyful song, but if you have a singing, animated pet that you’ve been looking to give up for adoption, Whammie could use a friend in these difficult times.

Summer Class Opportunity: SoArt!

Southport Artistry Committee presents Summer Art Sessions!!

Ever felt like you couldn’t draw but wanted to learn? Do you like painting but wish you knew more? The Southport Artistry Committee is proud to bring you the Southport Artistry Summer Sessions or SASS! There will be different types of classes in different art mediums for all ages. Classes will be offered mid-June through July and taught by professional artists and teachers. (Our very own Mrs. Brennan will be teaching the Printmaking class!!)  The SoArt Summer Art Sessions will be held at the Southport Community Room in the Southport Park at 6901 Derbyshire Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46227. We will also have a SoART Summer Day Camp July 11-15 for children grades K – 5. SoART Summer Camp is run by highly-qualified art educators with a passion for teaching young children. Classes are open to one and all, and Southport Residents will get a discount off all class and camp fees!! Enrollment is underway and class sizes are limited so don’t miss your chance to let your imagination soar with SoART!!

Bring your imagination and create an Art-rageous summer!!

Follow this link to learn more:

Why Art? v.4

Marvin Bartel, a retired professor from Goshen College, Indiana has listed his reasons for having art in the schools:

  • A reason for art is to tell stories, events, myths, beliefs, and literature.
  • A reason for art is to convince, inform, inspire, criticize, persuade, make the world a better place (Guernica by Picasso – Faith Ringgold).
  • A reason for art is to perform rituals, work magic, pray for protection, pray of success, for fertility, for cures for sickness, for prosperity, etc. (tribal fetish art – modern advertising).
  • A reason for art is to enhance a religious ceremony (stained glass in Gothic church – tile of Mosque).
  • A reason for art is to help in meditation as in the contemplation of nature.
  • A reason for art is to create personal and group identity, inspire, school, cultural, and/or national identity, loyalty, and spirit (flags, mascots, logos).
  • A reason for art is to tell how people used to look and behave.
  • A reason for art is to tell us how places and things used to look.
  • A reason for art is to tell us how an artist feels about the subject of artwork (DeKooning – Wyeth).
  • A reason for art is to tell us the ways artists have found to express their creativity, and ways to interpret and represent what they have seen, imagined, remembered and felt (Bearden).
  • A reason for art is to a way to interpret our own emotions and understand ourselves better (Pollack – Frankenthaler).
  • A reason for art is to express and see dreams and fantasies (Mary Frank – Dali).
  • A reason for art is to reveal pure visual pleasure from the impact of color, shape, line, and other elements.
  • A reason for art is to design and create the tools, utensils, and other functional objects needed.
  • A reason for art is to embellish, decorate, and enrich objects and our surroundings.
  • A reason for art is to symbolize or substitute for a real idea or object.
  • A reason for art is memorialize or pay tribute to a person, persons, or event (Maya Lin).
  • A reason for art is provide therapy that helps the creator and/or the viewer better understand a problem and solution.
  • A reason for art is to help us pre visualize ideas for buildings, bridges, cities, and everything else that is imagined before it is made (Frank Gehry – Frank Lloyd Wright).
  • A reason for art is to add humor to our lives (James Melchert).
  • A reason for art is to create gifts that show love and other feelings to our friends and family (flowers and cards are commonly used this way).
  • A reason for art is to do pure visual research into the effects of color, line, and other elements as well as materials and processes (Joseph Albers).