Reflections

Reflections: Express the artist in YOU!

Reflect on the theme.  Create an original work.  Be recognized.

       

Designed to enhance rather than replace a quality arts education, the national PTA® Reflections Program℠ provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts.
 
Entries from all grades and all abilities welcome.

* Dance Choreography   * Photography      * Musical Composition

                  * Visual Art                     * Literature            * Film Production

                                     
 
The theme for 2019-2020 is “Look Within”
 

Entries due in the front office by October 31, 2019.

Rules and entry forms are available HERE and in the front office.

 

Reflections Categories:

 

   Visual Arts: Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission on a USB device. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes. Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, or PNG on a           USB device.

    Photography: Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be  at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file  formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, or PNG on a USB device.

 Music Composition: All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Audio file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, or FLAC. Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle and high school divisions.  Files must be submitted on a USB device.

 Literature: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 ½x11” paper or a PDF file on a USB device.

Dance Choreography: Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, or MP4. Files must be submitted on a USB device.

Film Production: Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, or MP4. Files must be submitted on a USB device.

 

Judging Criteria:
 

Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.

Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.

Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Artists Statement: 

 

Things to include in your artist statement are:

 

  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme?
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g. supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?
  • What/Who was your inspiration?

 

Choosing Next Year’s Theme:

 

In addition to submitting an entry, any student can enter the Theme Search Contest. Submissions cannot be a repeat theme so check out past winning themes here: Reflections Past Themes.  Entry forms for submitting a new theme will be available TBD.

 

For more information contact:
Jennifer L. Burton, Reflections Chair
512-636-8803