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    Reflections Student Art Contest

    The deadline for all submissions will be Thursday, November 1. The works will be displayed and winners will be chosen the following week.

    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.

    Young artists get involved through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.

    • Literature – works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
    • Music Composition – original musical composition, with or without words.
    • Photography: color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure.
    • Visual Arts: drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
    • Film/Video: original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
    • Choreography/Dance: originally choreographed dance composition.

    Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. The program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level. Once entries reach the state-level, the state PTA may select one entry (Outstanding Interpretation Award) per grade division, per arts category (a total of 30) to submit to the National PTA. National first, second, and third place, and honorable mention entries are recognized at the National PTA Annual Convention.

    One last hint: we will all get the most entries for visual arts, with literature and photography about tied for second most entries. So visual arts entries will cost the most to make (with materials) and will have the largest competitive base. Encourage students to branch out! Make it fun! Only one student can be the creator, but that student can make a group dance piece, music quartet, etc! We only got a handful of film entries last year, and creating a film can cost next to nothing. The creativity in making a film is endless, and the editing software available on phones is better than anything we had when we were kids!

    More detailed information can be found on the Seattle Council PTSA page 

    And any additional questions can be directed to our Hamilton Reflections Coordinator, Laura Marie Rivera  (