PTA/PTSA Reflections Program

The 2020/2021 Reflections theme is: 

"I Matter Because..."

Do you enjoy art, music, photography, and dance or have a passion for writing stories or producing films?

 

If so, showcase your talent and join our annual PTA Reflections contest!

 

This year’s theme is, “I Matter Because,” and calls for your own unique interpretation and passion for the arts.

 

Pick up your entry form and submission guidelines today by printing the form to the right or find copies in the office.

 

All entries must be submitted to the school office NO LATER than Friday January 8th!

 

For inspiration and to see last year’s winners, visit the Reflections website and learn more about prizes and scholarships at www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections/

Hello North Lake Students and Families!

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition.

The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

Students may submit an entry in any of six arts areas.

Please remember: Only original works of art are accepted.

The six art areas are: Visual Arts Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.

 

This program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to express themselves and share their talents by creating their own original works around the theme:

"I Matter Because..."

Committee Chair:

Emily Stainbrook

emily.stainbrook@gmail.com 

***Please email with any questions you may have.***

 

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Entry Requirements:

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Summary of Rules:

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General Participation rules are available to read/printed by

clicking here  OR you can click on the

underlined category below for specific rules.

 

Students can enter works in each of the following categories:

(Please note: Only original artwork created independently by the student is allowed.)

 

 

           

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY is 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.

 

Submission Requirements:

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.  Each entry must be the original work of ONE STUDENT ONLY. 

  • Video must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size. 

  • Accepted file formats include: AVI and MP4.  Cite background music (if any) on the student entry form. 

  • Label CD/DVD/Flash Drive with title of artwork, arts category, and division. 

  • Place Student Entry Form and CD/DVD/Flash Drive in a labeled envelope so entry does not get lost. 

  • Submit dance video and student entry form according to your PTA’s instructions

    

 

         

FILM PRODUCTION is the process of making a film. The producer (student submitting the entry) is not required to appear in the film but if the student chooses to, a camera tripod may be used. All screenwriting, directing, camera/filming and editing must be done by the student producer. PowerPoint presentations are prohibited.

 

Submission Requirements:

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted. 

  • Each entry must be the original work of ONE STUDENT ONLY. 

  • Video must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size. 

  • Accepted file formats include: AVI and MP4  Use of background music must be cited on the student entry form. 

  • Label CD/DVD/Flash Drive with title of artwork, arts category and division. 

  • Submit film and student entry form according to your PTA’s instructions.

 

           

LITERATURE is the art of writing. The author (student submitting entry) 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 work (such as poems and short stories) are not accepted. 

 

Submission Requirements:

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.  Each entry must be the original work of ONE STUDENT ONLY. 

  • Entry must not exceed 2,000 words. 

  • Hand written & typed entries are accepted on 8.5x11 paper (one sided only), PDF file. 

  • Number each page. 

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

 

 

MUSIC COMPOSITION is the process of creating a new piece of music. The composer (student submitting entry) 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. Middle and high school grade divisions require music score/tablature/notation, either traditional or tablature.

 

Submission Requirements:

• Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.

• Each entry must be the original work of ONE STUDENT ONLY.

• Audio recording 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.

• Label CD/DVD/Flash Drive with title of artwork, arts category and division. • Place Student Entry Form and CD/DVD/Flash Drive in a labeled envelope so entry does not get lost.

• Submit entry and student entry form to your PTA Reflections Chair.

• Copyright: Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

       

 

PHOTOGRAPHY is the process of creating an image. The photographer (student submitting entry) is a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas with a camera. By focusing on objects using various lenses, filters and light sources, photographers may demonstrate the use of photographic techniques conventionally or digitally.

Submission Requirements: 

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.  Each entry must be the original work of ONE STUDENT ONLY. 

  • Print must be no smaller than 3x5 and no larger than 8X10 inches.  Print must be mounted on sturdy material such as cardboard or poster board not to exceed 11x14 inches, including matting. (NOTE: Reflections Chair will mat for you!)

  • Matting should be plain as not to draw attention away from the photography. 

  • Framed photos are not accepted. 

  • Submit photo and student entry form according to your PTA’s instructions. 

  • Dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). 

  • Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, and PNG.

  • Copyright: Use of copyrighted material, including copyrighted cartoon characters or other such material, is not acceptable in any photography submission, with the following exception:          ~ Photographs may include public places, well-known products, trademarks or certain other copyrighted material as long as that copyrighted material is incidental to the subject matter of the piece and/or is a smaller element of a whole. The resulting work cannot try to establish an association between the student and the trademark/business/material, or influence the purchase/non-purchase of the trademarked good.

       

 

VISUAL ARTS include many art forms that are visual in nature. The artist (student submitting entry) is a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas to create a visual piece of art.

 

Submission Requirements for 2D artwork (e.g. painting): 

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted. 

  • Each entry must be the original work of ONE STUDENT ONLY. 

  • Dimensions must not exceed 24x30 inches, including matting.

  • Paper entries must be mounted on sturdy material. (NOTE: Reflections Chair will mat for you!)

  • Include one digital image of artwork with your submission.  

  • Framed artwork and artwork containing loose materials is not accepted for 2D artwork. Matting is accepted. 

  • Label back of entry/entry packaging with student name, title of artwork, arts category and division. 

  • Submit artwork and student entry form according to your PTA’s instructions. 

  • Place Student Entry Form and pictures on CD/DVD/Flash Drive in an envelope so entry does not get lost. 

  • Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, and PNG.

3D VISUAL ARTS include many art forms that are visual in nature. The artist (student submitting entry) is a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas to create a visual piece of art.

Submission Requirements for 3D artwork (e.g. sculpture): 

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted. 

  • Each entry must be the original work of ONE STUDENT ONLY. 

  • Must include packaging materials and 3 photos of the entry (a combination of angles) for judging, ID and exhibition purposes (entries that require assembling/repairing from transporting will be disqualified).

  • Framed artwork and artwork containing loose materials is not accepted for 3D artwork. Matting is accepted. 

  • Label back of entry/entry packaging with student name, title of artwork, arts category and division. 

  • Submit artwork and student entry form according to your PTA’s instructions. 

  • Place Student Entry Form and pictures on CD/DVD/Flash Drive in an envelope so entry does not get lost. 

  • Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, and PNG.

Copyright: Use of copyrighted material, including any copyrighted cartoon characters or likeness thereof, is not acceptable in any visual arts submission, with the following exceptions: 

-- Visual artwork may include public places, well-known products, trademarks or certain other copyrighted material as long as that copyrighted material is incidental to the subject matter of the piece and/or is a smaller element of a whole. The resulting work cannot try to establish an association between the student and the trademark/business/material, or influence the purchase/non-purchase of the trademarked good. 

-- Visual arts collages may include portions of existing copyrighted works, such as photographs, magazine clippings, internet images and type cut out of a newspaper, as long as those portions of copyrighted works are used to create a completely new and different work of art.

 

 

Be sure to read the rules regarding file types, sizes, and dimensions and comply with them so that your entry is not disqualified! If there are any questions about your project please contact Emily Stainbrook at emily.stainbrook@gmail.com or 425.218.0656.

    

 

 Age/ Grade divisions:

 

  • Middle/Junior -- Grades 6 - 8

 

  • Special Artists:

    Special Artist Division is an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504 to have the opportunity and accommodations they may need in order to participate fully in the program.

       Rules for Special Artist Entries can be found by clicking here.

     

 

Recognition:

 

  • Each student who enters the contest will receive a certificate and participation ribbon.

  • Some entries will advance to the state level

  • All artwork will be displayed (as allowed) in North Lake Middle School (as space allows) and/or on the NLMS PTSA website.

 

 

Deadline: 

 

  • Please turn in all entries to the NLMS Office by Friday January 8th, 2021.

 

Each entry  be accompanied by an entry form. Be sure to read the rules regarding file types, sizes, and dimensions that are linked above and comply with them so that your entry is not disqualified!

 

Good luck! We look forward to seeing your entries!