THE 2021–2022 REFLECTIONS THEME IS I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD BY…

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos?


Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections!

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CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY.

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 29, 2021. 

Questions? Please contact kaylamotroni12@gmail.com

Winners will be announced at our February PTA meeting!

 

What is Reflections?

Reflections is a National PTA Program that welcomes students of all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. Students reflect on a theme and create original works of art in the areas of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Students earn positive recognition for their achievements (and prizes) at the annual Reflections Awards Ceremony.


More information can be found on the PTA Reflections Program website. 

 

Why should I participate in Reflections?

Imagine, create and celebrate with Reflections! The Reflections program helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Experienced artists will review work for interpretation of theme, creativity and technique. All participating students will be entered in a raffle for a prize, and the class with the most participation will win a prize!


Did you know that the arts can positively affect the entire school culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, and attendance—which encourages students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in work and succeed in life!

Check out these 15 Family Art Activities or this Reflections Categories Coloring Mat for inspiration! 

 

Who can participate in Reflections?

Anyone! The Reflections program is open to students K-5, in separate Divisions:


  • Primary: Preschool-Grade 2 

  • Intermediate: Grades 3-5

  • Special Artist: Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.

 

How can I participate in Reflections?

It’s easy! After you’ve created your masterpiece, simply submit it to the Seaford Manor PTA, along with an entry form. Here are some general rules for participation: 


  • There are six arts categories—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the National PTA Reflections Program in one or more arts categories. See each arts category rules for additional entry requirements.

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the current year’s theme may be submitted.

  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only. 

  • Each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement. 

  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for background music in dance choreography and film production entries.

 

READY? LET’S GET STARTED!

First, choose the Division you will be participating in, then choose one or more of the following Categories: 

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY

The act of creating movement. The choreographer (student submitting entry) may be the performer or one of the performers, but the choreographer does not have to perform in the entry. 


  • 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 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size and be in MP4, MOV, or AVI format.


Please see Dance Choreography Rules for more information. 

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FILM PRODUCTION

The process of making a film. The producer is not required to appear in the film but if the student chooses to, a camera tripod may be used. 

  • All screenwriting, directing and editing must be done by the student producer. 

  • All entries must be original student footage. Powerpoint presentations are prohibited. 

  • Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of

  • If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. 

  • Video file must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size and be in MP4, MOV, or AVI format.


Please see Film Production Rules for more information. 

LITERATURE

The art of writing. The author is a person who expresses their own thoughts and ideas through the use of words. Authors submit a single literary work handwritten or typed, using grade-appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling. Collections of literary works (such as poems and short stories) are not accepted. 

  • 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, PDF file.

  • Number each page.

  • Include the student's name, entry title, arts category, and division on the back of the entry.  


Please see Literature Rules for more information. 

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MUSIC COMPOSITION

The process of creating a new piece of music. The composer is a person who expresses their own thoughts and ideas through the use of sound. The student composer may submit an entry performed by an individual or group and/or make use of a sound library generated performance of a composed score. Student composers are not required to perform their composition, but a recording of the composition must be included. 

  • All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. 

  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 

  • An audio recording of the composition must be included and must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size. 

  • Accepted audio file formats include: MP3 and WAV


Please see Music Composition Rules for more information. 

PHOTOGRAPHY

The process of creating an image. The photographer is a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas with a camera.

  • 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, and PNG.


Please see Photography Rules for more information. 

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VISUAL ARTS

Includes many art forms that are visual in nature. The artist is a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas to create a visual piece of art. 

  • 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. 

  • 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, and PNG. 

  • New York State Specific Instructions: 3D artwork must be able to completely fit within a box no larger than 20 x 20 x 24 inches.


Please see Visual Arts Rules for more information.

SPECIAL ARTISTS

Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.

Please see Special Artist Rules for more information. 

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Please see the Official Rules for more information.