Let’s Talk Tuesday: Reflections

Good afternoon!  I hope everyone enjoyed their day off yesterday and was able to do something fun, whether at the Fair or somewhere else.  For this Let’s Talk Tuesday, I thought I would focus on the Reflections Art Contest held each year by the PTA.  The creative arts can be so rewarding for young and old minds alike, and it’s important to acknowledge that, because they can sometimes get lost in the focus on academics.  Hooray for National PTA for highlighting just how important creativity can be, each and every year!

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This year’s theme is What Is Your Story?  Creative Arts are perfect for story-telling, so if your child has ever thought about entering the contest, this would be a great year to start.   There are six different categories and students may choose one or all of them to submit entries.  Let’s take a look at the categories.

Dance Choreography – Do you have a child who loves to create dances?  Well, this is the category for you!

From the National PTA website – Accepted styles include solo/ensemble include: ballet, contemporary, ethnic and folk, hip hop, jazz and tap. Choreographer may be the perfomer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be. Video recording must not exceed 5 mintues and must be less than 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats include: AVI, Quicktime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media (.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v).

Film Production – Have a little movie-maker?  This is the perfect category!

From the National PTA website –  Accepted forms include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or a media presentation (PowerPoint is prohibited). Entrant must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person including all storyboarding and editing. Video recording must not exceed 5 minutes and must be less than 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats include: AVI, Quicktime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media (.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v).

Literature – Does your child love to write?  Literature is the category for them!

From the National PTA website – Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, drama (screen play and play script), reflective essay, narrative, and short story. Entry must not exceed 2,000 words and must be handwritten or typed; one side only. Students for whom English is not their first language may submit literature entries in their own langauge. An interpretive translation in English must accompany the entry. Accepted formats include: Single-sided print on 8 ½ x 11 paper, or PDF (.pdf) file format.

Music Composition – Does your child play an instrument or compose music?  This is your category!

From the National PTA website – All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Copyrighted material is prohibited. The composer may be the perfomer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be a performer. Notation, score or tabulature is required for middle and high school division. Audio recording must not exceed 5 minutes. Accepted file formats include: MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) and FLAC formats. Music videos are not accepted.

Photography – Have a budding photographer?  This is the one for them!

From the National PTA website – Accepted forms of photography include: A single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one seamless print of multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted. Entrant must be the one to take the photograph. Must be mounted or matted on cardboard matte, poster board, or other sturdy material. Accepted formats include: Matted print, or high resolution digital photo (.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp).

Visual Arts – Have a little artist on your hands?  Visual arts is where they want to be!

From the National PTA website – Accepted forms include: Architecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, crafts, design, dioramas, drawing, fiber work, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wind chimes. Framed entries not accepted. Paper entries must be mounted on sturdy material and 3D works must include packaging materials and 3 high resolution photos of the entry for judging and ID purposes.

Rules and Forms for each category can be found on our Reflections Page.  While some of these areas may seem a little difficult for our elementary kiddos, it doesn’t hurt to try!  If your child is interested in one of the more advanced categories like music composition or film production, please encourage them to submit an entry.  We’d love to have a wide range of submissions from Dodd this year.

Completed submissions can be turned into the art teacher any time between October 24 – November 11.   So it’s definitely time to start thinking about those entries!

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