Reflections

REFLECTIONS 2020-21 Theme: "I Matter Because..."

Deadline: Projects due to Judith Barrientos by Friday, November 13th, please deliver to the Fischer Office!

The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. A theme is given and students can submit work in one of the categories.  Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning is not the emphasis.

Young artists may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted.   It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home.  Only individual, original works of art are accepted. No group projects are allowed. Once judged at the local level, the winners go on to the council and/or district judging. Those winners go to the Illinois PTA to receive recognition.  

Watch this video from National PTA to help inspire/show examples of projects.

The six arts areas are as follows:

  • Literature

  • Musical Composition

  • Photography

  • Visual Arts

  • Dance Choreography

  • Film/Video Production

There is also a Special Artist Division which 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 each categories are linked below.  Please carefully read the rules for specific categories. Failure to submit a proper entry form or follow specific arts category rules could disqualify a project.

ALSO - There are two divisions at the elementary level: K-2 and 3-5. In each division, entries will be narrowed down via judging to the 4 best projects in each category (if there are more than 4 in a category... if there are less than 4, all entries advance). Once those are determined from each school, projects then compete at the district level, then regional, state, and finally the national level. 

ENTRY FORM - Each project submission must include an official entry form. Please print out the form, fill it out, and turn it in along with your project.  Fischer Entry Form.

 

  • November 13 - Projects due to Judith Barrientos at the Fischer School Office

  • Early December – Select entries advance to DuPage East Regional Level

  • Late January – Select entries advance to State Level

Need more info? Contact Judith Barrientos.

 

Can I submit more than one project?

Absolutely! Students may submit as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like.

Can I submit a project with a partner or team?

No. Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student's work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student's individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student's work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. See specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.

Can my parents help with my project?

See answer to question above.

Do I have to write an "artist's statement"?

Yes. This is required for each entry. Qualifying entries must include a project title and artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.

What is the judging criteria for projects advancing to the next level?

1) Interpretation - How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement. (The artist statement -- which is part of the Entry Form -- is very important!)

2) Creativity - How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation

3) Technique - The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles / techniques of the arts area.

More information about the program can be found on the National PTA Reflections page.

Watch this video from National PTA to help inspire/show examples of projects. 

 

The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by the National PTA. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in this annual program.

The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. A theme is given and students can submit work in one of the categories.  Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning is not the emphasis.

 National PTA’s Reflections program has helped 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.. Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme.


www.pta.org.