Monday, October 24, 2011

Reflections

When Momma volunteers with the PTA, and gets to help run the Reflections Art contest, it is a pretty sure bet that the kids will participate!  This was our first year entering, and it turned out fun.  I think next year will be better, since we will have a better idea of what is involved.

Aidan, as we all know, is obsessed with the Civil War.  We were talking about the contest, and the theme "Diversity Means", and brainstorming ideas of what they could do.  Aidan really, really, really wanted to do a confederate flag.  I had to explain that the confederate flag sort of stood for the OPPOSITE of diversity!  He finally settled on President Lincoln. 

 He drew a picture (obviously Pres. Lincoln at a podium with Union and Confederate soldiers warring beneath him), and wrote "pezit lecein is a spesh man bcus he help fre The slavs"  AKA "President Lincoln was a special man because he helped free the slaves".  I was at a bit of a loss of what category to enter, but finally settled on liturature.  And guess what??  He won!  Apparently his entry was better than all the other first grade entries that didn't exist!  He was so proud!

When we were brainstorming, Jack had the idea to draw different types of transportation, like car, bus, train, plane, boat, etc. and say something about diversity means that he can get to the same place a lot of different ways.  But his actual drawing differed a bit:
 A rainbow colored car and truck, one about to get pulled up by a crane.  When I asked him for his artist statement he said:  "Some trucks can be new and old.  My picture shows if a old car about to be picked up and smashed, the truck is new and even when stuff are old they can still be good."

And he was a winner as well!  I'm actually not sure how that happened, since there were some really great 1st grade entries, but I wasn't the judge, so it was a surprise!

 Abigail and her cute friend at the reception for all the participants.

Abigail drew a picture of a school class with girls that all look the same and a new girl came who looked different and they all became friends.
 I thought hers was really cute, but she didn't win for her grade.
But still proud anyway!  And each participant got a gift card for a free ice cream cone, so we went that night and all ate ice cream!  All in all, a successful venture, and I am sure we will do it again!

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