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The 2019-20 Reflections Art Program Theme is "Look Within".

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? As the summer comes to an end, let's get a head start to unleash your creative talent!
PTA's Reflections program encourages students of all
ages to:
  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired.
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork.
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art.
  • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme.
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.
Students may submit original creations in one or more of these six categories:
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
Please submit all your entries along with the student entry form. Download the form from HERE. Forms are also available in the school library. Entries in all categories should be submitted to Ms. Jo Loecher in the library. Make sure all students enter their information and contact details on the google docs with Ms. Loecher.This information comes in handy if the student or the parents have to be contacted for something regarding the entry.
Submit your entry to GRMS by October 1st. Stay tuned for further details on deadlines and showcase information. Questions? Contact Gale Ranch Reflections Committee Chair



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Title and Artist Statement

Judges will consider your title and artist statement to learn more about your original work and creative interpretation of the theme. Give your work a title that stands out and describe how your work relates to your own personal interpretation of the theme.

Guiding Questions: 

  • How does your work relate to the theme?
  • What is your personal connection to the theme?
  • What did you use to create your work (e.g. supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)
  • What/who was your inspiration?

Scholarships and Prizes

National level awards include the following: 

  • Merit Award: Bronze Medal; Certificate of Merit; Work featured in the traveling exhibition. 
  • Award of Excellence: $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence; Work featured in the traveling exhibition.
  • Outstanding Interpretation Award: An expense-paid trip for awardee and chaperone to showcase work on stage at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration; $800 Young Artist Scholarship; Gold Medal; Certificate of Outstanding Interpretation; Work featured in the traveling exhibition; $200 Prize for Local PTA Unit.

Review Criteria

Judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill. 

  1. Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist statement. 
  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.

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal.

The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local unit, council, district, state and national levels.  Each school site is asked to appoint a Reflections Chair that will coordinate the site’s participation in the program, including judging the submissions from that site.

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