Become a Member of the Creekside PTSA for the 2020-2021 School Year HERE!

 Thank you everyone who entered Reflections! We received a total of 48 entries (33 Visual Arts, 7 Literature, 5 Photography, 2 Film Production, and 1 Dance Choreography). Judging is in progress. Stay tuned for updates.

 

Calling all students to explore their artistic side!

 Reflections is a National PTA and Washington State PTA arts recognition program that helps 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 not only in school, but in life. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. Students create original works of art in response to an annual theme. This year’s theme is:

I Matter Because...

 Message from Issaquah District PTA about the theme “I Matter Because…”

 Students submit their completed works of art in one, or more, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Students may submit in as many arts categories as they would like, however, only one entry per arts category is allowed. Only original works of art are accepted. Students of all grades and abilities are encouraged to submit entries.

12 finalists from Creekside Elementary will move on to the district council PTA; then finalists from our district will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. If you are one of the 12 finalists, you will turn in your physical artwork to district PTA (drop off details will be arranged with the 12 finalists).

               Message on National PTA Reflections

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (All participants must also follow the arts category and if applicable, Special Artist Division rules)

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the current year’s theme may be submitted.
  • 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. See the specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.
  • Each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an 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.
  • Please be aware of copyright infringement. You may use copyrighted material, but it must not be the majority of your work.  

Dance Choreography: Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. The entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats are now only: AVI and MP4. For more info, visit HERE

Film Production: Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. The use of PowerPoint is prohibited. The entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats are now only: AVI and MP4. For more info, visit HERE

Literature: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screenplay and play script, narrative and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. The use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Due to distance learning, please email entries in both a word doc and PDF to The Creekside Reflections Chair. For more info, visit HERE

Music Composition: All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. The entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers. The use of copyrighted material is prohibited. The audio file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats are now only: AVI and MP4. Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle and high school divisions. For more info, visit HERE

Photography: Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposures, negative sandwich, and photogram. The use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Due to distance learning, you may email your submission as a JPEG to The Creekside Reflections Chair. For more info, visit HERE

Visual Arts: Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer-generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Artwork must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Label back of entry/entry packaging with student name, title of artwork, arts category and division. Please do not have student’s name in the front of artwork as judging is anonymous. Due to distance learning, you may email your submission as a JPEG to The Creekside Reflections Chair. For more info, visit HERE

Special Artists Division: The National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For more info, visit HERE


 

Common Q&A:

  • How do I turn in my entry form?
    • You can either fill out the entry form printed, then scan and email.
    • Another option is to take a photo of the entry form and then email.
    • You can also save the PDF document using “Save As,” then “Fill and Sign”, then save again and turn in the entry form.
    • One entry form per art entry. For example, if you are turning in a literature entry and a visual arts entry, you must turn in an entry for literature and another entry form for visual art.
  • How do I turn in my artwork?
  • How is judging done?
    • Judging is anonymous. Please make sure to not include the student’s name on the front of entries. Instead, label back of entry/entry packaging with student name, title of artwork, arts category and division.
    • Volunteer judges will be local artist or related field. The Reflections chair will not be a judge.

Judging will be based on 3 criteria: Interpretation of theme (40 pts), Creativity (30 pts), and Technique (30pts). Therefore, the artist statement is crucial as it represents 40% of the judging. 

Want to learn more?

WSPTA Reflections

Questions? Email the Creekside Reflections Chair for clarifications. 

The PTSA is the school's Parent Teacher Student Association. We are a registered not-for-profit comprised of parent volunteers, just like you, who help provide many programs and events at Creekside.