Deadlines near for Reflections contest

In its 43-year history, the Reflections Arts Recognition Program has encouraged more than 10 million students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents, creativity and imagination.

The National PTA believes that all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit new works of art in six areas: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts, which include art forms such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage.

Many Connecticut PTAs participate in the program at all PTA levels.

There are two weeks left until the Jan. 3 deadline. Participation is open to all students. To get involved, students submit an original piece, inspired by the Magic of the Moment theme, for their school’s Reflections Program. The divisions are: Primary,  preschool-grade 2; Intermediate, grades 3-5; Middle/Junior, grades 6-8; Senior, grades 9-12; and Special Artist, non-graded. There are rules for each specific art category.

The requirements for entries are:

• All artwork must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement to communicate what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work (up to 100 words).

• Each entry must be the original work of one student only (no adult intervention). Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for recorded music in dance choreography and film production entries. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified

• File Formats: You can submit any of the following file formats with a maximum file size of 1GB — Video: avi, mov, mpg, mpeg, wmv, flv; Audio: mp3, mp4, wma, wav, acc, flac; Images: jpeg, gif, png, bmp; and Documents: doc, docx, pdf,ppt, pptx, html, xhtml, txt, rtf, odt.

All entries are judged on interpretation of the theme, artistic merit, creative merit, and technical merit. The program makes no restrictions on content or subject matter in artwork.

The submission deadline for Redding Elementary School is Jan. 4, John Read Middle School, Jan. 4, and Joel Barlow High School, Jan. 7.

All details, guidelines and forms, can be downloaded from each school’s website via the PTA link.

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