Reflections is an exciting program that allows our students to discover their creative side. The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because.... Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Please visit the Virginia PTA website @ www.vapta.org to find out more information about this program and to print out all forms necessary for submission. Submissions are due October 26, 2020 by 4:00pm.
Have you and your child ever wondered what the Reflections Program is all about? It is an annual art program sponsored by the National PTA. Who is eligible? Students must participate through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing. Parent groups not affiliated with National PTA are not eligible to sponsor this program. It is the responsibility of the state and local PTA/PTSA to determine each student’s eligibility in the National PTA Reflections® Program. A student may develop an entry in or outside of school. How does my child participate? He or she creates an original “work of art” in one of the categories listed below. This is usually done outside of school time and without help from an adult.
What are the age groups? Pre-K thru 2nd grade (Primary) and 3rd thru 5th grade (Intermediate). In addition MS (6th-8th) and HS (9th-12th). Can my child enter more than one category? Yes. Students may submit multiple works of art, either in the same category or in multiple categories. What are the different categories for entry? The categories for Reflections entries are: dance, film, music composition, literature, photography, visual arts and special artist. This year as a new addition we will be introducing the new visual arts 3D expansion. This will now allow students to enter three-dimensional artworks in addition to the traditional 2D entries.
How do we submit our entry? The student submission must include the Entry Form with a title and artist statement. The artist statement should communicate his or her inspiration for the work and how it relates to the theme. The statement must describe the content and include at least one sentence but not exceed 100 words.
Are there specifics about how to present the entry, especially for dance, video or musical composition? Yes. And there are too many specifics to name here for all categories. All the Reflections rules and guidelines for each category are on the Virginia PTA website (http://vapta.org/arts-in-education/reflections.html)
How are the winners selected? A panel of impartial judges rates each entry on three criteria: interpretation of the theme, artistic merit and mastery of the medium (with interpretation being the most important factor). First place winners will fill out an additional on-line entry form before their work is submitted to the next level of competition.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact: Devon Neff