2018-2019 Theme:
Heroes Around Me

Reflections is a National PTA arts in education program. The program was started in 1969 and is the largest arts in its kind in the United States. Students have the opportunity to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works created around a theme.

Participants in Reflections will have their work reviewed by local art professionals. Have their work displayed at a school art show. Receive a certificate and ribbon. Outstanding work may be sent to the PTA council, state, and national competitions. Top winners at the national level receive award packages, some of which include cash prizes!

Does your child love to paint or draw? Write stories, poems or essays? Take photo? Make films or compose music? Dance? If so, then encourage them to sign up for the Reflections Competition.


Create your art work and tell us what the theme means to you.

 

 Watch a short video made by the National PTA (not yet available for 2018-19)


Submission Rules

Five Grade Divisions:

Participation in Reflections is organized by student grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division.

Primary (Preschool – Grade 2)
Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5)
Middle/Junior (Grades 6 – 8)
Senior (Grades 9 – 12)
Special Artist (All grades - see below for more information)

Categories (click on each name to view full rules):

Dance Choreography. Ballet, contemporary, ethnic and folk, hip hop, jazz and tap. Entrant must be the choreographer and may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be.

Film Production. Accepted forms include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or a media presentation (PowerPoint is prohibited). Entrant must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person including all story boarding and editing. Preferred medium is USB drive.

Literature. Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, drama (screen play and play script), reflective essay, narrative, and short story.

Music Composition. All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Copyrighted material is prohibited. The composer may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be. Notation, score or tablature required for middle and high school division. **Music videos are not accepted** Preferred medium is USB drive.

Photography. Accepted forms of photography include: A single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one seamless print of multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted. Entrant must be the one to take the photograph. NEW: Print image may not be smaller than 3″ x 5″ and no larger than 8″ x 10″. Print should be mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11″ x 14″.

Visual Arts. Accepted forms include: Collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, drawing, painting and printmaking. No wood, metal, plastic, glass or framed canvas. Entries should be mounted on foam core, sturdy cardboard, mat board or other rigid materials. Only 2D art accepted. NEW: Entry may not exceed 24″ x 30″ and 1/2″ thickness, including matting/mounting material.

Special Artist DivisionThe National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Who qualifies as a disabled individual under the law?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines an individual with a disability as a person who:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of that person;
  2. Has a record of such an impairment; or
  3. Is regarded as having such impairment.

Students who identify as having a disability have two ways to enter the National PTA Reflections® program.

Option 1. Enter in special artist division: Qualifying students entering this non-graded division create their own artwork, but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. At the national level, one special artist from across all arts categories will be selected to receive an Outstanding Interpretation award. Up to five additional special artists may be selected to receive national Awards of Excellence.

Option 2. Enter in traditional grade divisions: Qualifying students follow all arts category rules, and may not receive assistance other than that which is allowed for all children, but do receive accommodation to submit Reflections entries in the grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. They are recognized and awarded prizes as part of the general student population without regard to special needs or challenges.

 

Questions? Please email reflections@einsteinptsa.org

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