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Youth-Tube Art on the Plum Tree.

Marta-Pelrine Bacon, Head of Art for Plum Tree Books sends out the call for children’s art. Guidelines published below.

Marta is an artist and writer who drinks too much coffee and chases her kiddo on speed skates. Her art has been in several shows, festivals, and online journals. She believes everyone is creative–as Picaso said, “All children are born artists.” Marta joined Plum Tree to help children remain artists as they grow up.

The theme of our project is ‘Self’.

  • Only artwork submitted by children 12 and under will be accepted.
  • The artist retains rights to the artwork, but Plum Tree has permission to post the picture to its site and to promotions on facebook, twitter, and other social networks (with full credit to the artist).
  • Submissions should be in jpeg form.
  • Submissions should include the artist’s name and age and location, but only information the artist (and parents) agree upon will be posted with the picture. We will ask permission to use first name, age, and location, but we will always respect the privacy concerns of the artist’s family.
  • Artists are always encouraged to include a story or short bio with the art, which we can include with the art on the site.
  • We would also love some quotes from children about how they view themselves-for example: what is their favorite thing about themselves?
  • Artist are free to express themselves and interpret the posted themes in whatever way they wish; however, Plum Tree reserves the right not to post any art that denigrates or may cause pain to others. Plum Tree strives to be a positive, encouraging environment.

Please send in submissions to Submissions to be in by May 15th 

Thank You in advance for your participation. We hope your children will love this project.

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

6 comments on “Youth-Tube Art on the Plum Tree.

  1. Betty Dravis
    April 19, 2012

    WOW! If this excellent article doesn’t encourage children to submit their art, nothing will. We must get the word out on some of the Youth sites. This sounds like a wonderful chance to display their budding talent.

    Thanks, Plum Tree, for caring about the kids and giving them chances to “show their stuff.” That’s always inspiring…

    Hugs – Betty Dravis


  2. Betty Dravis
    April 19, 2012

    Oops, forgot to thank Marta. Sorry, dear.

    Hugs – Betty


  3. Uncle Tree
    April 19, 2012

    What a great idea! I hope you plan to show us a few artistic examples. 🙂


    • ontheplumtree
      April 19, 2012

      Most definitely! Will post on the web-site!


  4. Sue
    May 19, 2012

    I’ve been MIA lately so I just saw this. I love the idea and I just tweeted about the upcoming launch! You are a true inspiration my friend!


    • ontheplumtree
      May 19, 2012

      Would love you to submit some children’s art, if you have access to it, and wait until you see what is coming on our blog hop. Hope you will join in there also!


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