Texas State Parks

Up, Up and Away by Erin W, age 12, Galveston Island State Park
Up, Up and Away by Erin W, age 12, Galveston Island State Park

 

Artists have always drawn inspiration from nature. Think of Ansel Adams’s photos, Henry David Thoreau’s essays, Aaron Copland’s music or Walt Whitman’s poetry.

You, too, can be inspired by nature.

Take a photograph, paint a scene, craft a haiku or poem, film a tribute, or compose a song based on your experience at a state park.

Get outside, use your imagination, and create!


For the Kids: Youth Arts Contest (May 1-Nov. 1)


Beauty . . . Berr-ly?
by Caroline B., age 14,
Lake Livingston State Park

Kids 19 and younger can enter the “Get to Know” Texas State Parks Youth Arts Contest! The contest has five categories, each with its own rules and prizes. You can enter as many categories as you want.

First, visit a state park! Create an original work of art, writing, photography, video or music inspired by what you see there.  

Next, submit your work on Get to Know's contest page. Look for instructions on the left side of the page under “Easy Steps to Enter.” Be sure to tag your entry with the name of the park that inspired it. Your entry will appear in the Texas State Parks Gallery.

Prizes in the national “Get to Know” contest include digital and underwater cameras, camcorders, art supplies, binoculars, fishing rods, writing supplies and more. Texas State Parks will award Junior Ranger daypacks, caps and water bottles!

“There's a simplistic beauty about being outside. Crashing through the forests. Sloshing through the streams. Sleeping under the dazzling stars that unfailingly make you ponder the meaning of life. It's moments like these where we feel truly connected to nature.”
True Beauty, by Natalie D., age 17, Lost Maples State Natural Area

 

Visit a Park: Art Events

From kids’ activities to photography workshops, you can find an art event that interests you at a state park nearby!

Visit our Arts & Crafts Events page or our Photography Events page to find a program near you.

 


How to Start:  Ideas

For kids:

For all:

Other arts organizations and information:

 

    Gallery


    Hummers by Clara May H,
    age 6, Pedernales Falls.

    Night by Karen C,
    age 13, Brazos Bend.

    Bridge on Nature Trail by Holden H,
    age 7, Martin Dies Jr.

    Thank God for Bees by Natalie D.,
    age 17, McKinney Falls State Park.

    Sun’s Rays Through the Trees
    by Aiden S., age 9,
    Martin Creek State Park.
    Cottontail in a Hurry by Carmen R, age 8, Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Cottontail in a Hurry
    by Carmen R, age 8,
    Big Bend Ranch State Park.

    Beauty of the Beast,
    by Erin W., age 12,
    Galveston Island State Park,
    Green Jay by Tori M, Age 13, Lake Corpus Christi State Park
    Green Jay by Tori M, Age 13,
    Lake Corpus Christi State Park,

    These are samples of the 2013 contest entries. To see 2014 entries, visit the Texas State Parks Gallery.


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