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Reflections

Reflections is an arts recognition and achievement program established in 1969 by the National PTA.  This program provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents and to express themselves through their own work in one or more of 6 different artistic categories.  By encouraging students to be creative, we help them develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Although the program follows a “contest” format, the goal is participation, not winning.  All participants in the program will be recognized for their efforts and receive participation ribbons and prizes. We will be displaying all of the entries in a gallery that will be open for viewing by the public and all of the Oak Hill Elementary students. Selected entries advance to the next level of judging.

TURN IN ENTRIES AT OAK HILL MAIN OFFICE: 10/21/2016

RECOGNITION CEREMONY/GALLERY: 11/10/2016


The theme for 2016-2017 is "What Is Your Story"  Because the program is designed to recognize each student’s creativity, assistance from adults or collaboration with other students is not allowed. Only new pieces of artwork, inspired by the theme are acceptable.  Copying, tracing, or using another person’s ideas are not allowed.  The theme must be reflected in the student’s work.  A student may create an entry in or outside of school.  PARTICIPATION IS VOLUNTARY UNLESS OTHERWISE DETERMINED BY YOUR TEACHER!

All entries must have a title, although an entry will not be disqualified for using a theme as the title.  An artists statement is required and there is a place for this statement on the entry form. Entries are judged on interpretation of the theme, creativity and artistic merit. Judges will recognize a wide variety of styles.

Categories:
  • VISUAL ARTS 
  • DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY
  • PHOTOGRAPHY 
  • FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION 
  • LITERATURE MUSIC
Grade Divisions
  • Kinder—Grade 2 PRIMARY
  • Grades 3-5 INTERMEDIATE
BE SURE TO MARK THE CORRECT DIVISION ON YOUR ENTRY FORM

Entry  Forms and General Submission Guidelines
A COMPLETE COPY OF THE OFFICIAL RULES & ENTRY FORMS CAN BE FOUND BELOW. COMPLETE SETS OF FORMS CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON THE INFORMATION TABLE IN FRONT OF THE MAIN SCHOOL OFFICE. PLEASE BE SURE TO REVIEW THE APPROPRIATE GUIDELINES FOR YOUR ENTRY CATEGORY.  YOU MAY SUBMIT AS MANY DIFFERENT ENTRIES AS YOU WISH IN ANY AND/OR ALL CATEGORIES. PLEASE BE SURE THAT EACH ENTRY FORM IS SIGNED BY BOTH PARENT AND STUDENT.

A Word to THE  Parents. .  .      

As with any student activity, parent involvement and support are very important. But parents must remember that student artists need to be responsible for their own work.  Children must make their own decisions about what to create and what to enter in the Reflections Program.  By producing their own literature, musical compositions, photogra- phy and visual art, children not only learn about the arts; more importantly, they learn about themselves.  Supporting the Reflections Program is one way that you can support the arts in your home, school and community.   PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR PARENT EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE APPROPRIATE BLANK ON THE ENTRY FORM.  CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING THIS PROGRAM, AWARDS CEREMONY, ADVANCING ENTRIES WILL BE DONE VIA EMAIL!!!   YOUR SIGNATURE IS ALSO REQUIRED ON THE ENTRY FORM!

A FEW THINGS WORTHY OF NOTE

  • PLEASE be sure to review the appropriate rules for your entry.  Entries that are not in the correct format will NOT BE JUDGED as they are not eligible to advance to the next level.
  • One of the most commonly asked questions is how to correctly mount the completed Entry Form to your entry.
  • For all  Visual Art and Photography entries, please simply place your COMPLETED unfolded Official Entry Form into a plastic page protector or one gallon zip lock baggie and secure it to the back of your entry with regular tape or double-stick tape,leaving the top of the page protector/baggie open and accessible.   Please note that all photographs must be mounted, and all visual arts entries must either be mounted or done directly onto stiff material such as a mat board, or canvas board. PLEASE DO NOT MOUNT ENTRIES ONTO POSTER BOARD OR CONSTRUCTION PAPER AS THEY ARE NOT STIFF ENOUGH.  Mat boards may be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and other craft stores.  See the official rules for dimension specifications.  Shrink wrapping is a good idea, but is not required.  Clearphane clear wrapping film is available at Hobby Lobby.  If you are going to wrap your entry, please mount the entry form ON TOP of the wrap and not under it. Do NOT submit entries in wooden, metal, plastic or glass frames.
  • For Literature entries, you may either submit your original or a copy.  However, we strongly recommend that you maintain a copy as winning entries are not returned if they advance past the council level.  Literature entries are submitted stapled into a letter-sized ma- nila file folder.  Staple the Entry Form onto the back (outside) of the folder.  ENTRIES MAY NOT BE MOUNTED and the paper used may not exceed 8 1/2” x 11”.  Please pay special attention to the Length, Format and Assistance in Writing sections of the official rules.
  • Please review the specific rules for any DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY, FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTIONS and MUSIC entries and be sure that your entries are in an acceptable format.
  • Your name should not appear anywhere on your entry other than the entry form in the appropriate space.


Use of Copyrighted Material
Use of copyrighted material is not acceptable in visual arts collages.  Photo renderings must be from uncopyrighted material.

Deadlines
Entries may be turned in at the Oak Hill Elementary office on 10/21/2016.

If you have questions, please contact reflections@ohepta.org

DON’T FORGET TO PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND TO SIGN THE ENTRY FORMS!!!