What is the PTA Reflections Program?
The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students in preschool through grade 12. The program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students by encouraging them to create works of art in the areas of visual arts, literature, photography, musical composition, dance choreography, and film production. The Reflections program was established 40 years ago by PTA. More than 500,000 students nationwide participate through their local PTA’s each year.
Who can participate at Commonwealth Elementary?
Students in grades K-5 from Commonwealth with at least one person from their primary household is a current member of the PTA can participate in the Reflections Program.
What is 2017-18 year’s theme? and Submission Deadline?
The theme for 2017-18 is…
Submission Deadline is October 17-18, 2017.
Please bring Artwork and Entry Form to the CWE cafeteria from 7:30-8:00am.
What are the categories? How many entries can students submit?
Students may submit an entry in any of the six art areas listed below. Students can enter more than one work of art in the same area, however, you will need to attach a filled out entry form for each art entry. Only ORIGINAL works of art are accepted and must relate to the annual Reflections theme. Students are NOT allowed to submit collaborative/team entries. Only one student name is allowed per entry form. The categories and the links to guidelines can be found at the below link:
******* NO 3D ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED!!*******
A new rule created at the state level is that one parent must belong to the PTA (Join PTA now)
What is the judging process?
All entries are judged in artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the media, and interpretation of the theme. In order to prevent bias in judging and a conflict of interest, judges are selected from the community and are knowledgeable in their assigned art area. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions for Commonwealth are as follows:
20% of our entries in each category will be forwarded on to our Local Council PTA level and have the potential to move beyond that and be recognized at the State and National Level.
How can parents support their students in the Reflections program?
Make sure your children's submission adheres to the rules . Support your child in working independently (done with minimal supervision) to create an original piece of art inspired by the theme "Within Reach". Ensure your child articulates and explains how their artwork relates to the theme on the Artist's Statement located on the entry form.
Will Commonwealth students recognized for participating in the Reflections Program?
Yes, at our Art Showcase on November 14th, 2017. Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program’s goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a “contest” format, winning should not be the emphasis. All student participants at Commonwealth will receive a Reflections participant ribbon. Students with winning entries going onto to the next level of judging will also be recognized. As well, students will be celebrated on our morning announcements if their Art has been selected to advance to the next level of judging.