Group photo This committee organizes the student’s participation in the PTA sponsored Reflection Art program. The event is held in the fall with the judging and awards being presented in the winter.

Each year hundreds of students participate in the Reflections Program. When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, dance and film, they grow intellectually and socially. The Reflections Program is designed to enhance a quality arts education by providing an opportunity for students to explore their artistic talents and receive positive recognition for their efforts.

What is Reflections?

It is nationwide program that is creative and fun way for all students to engage in the arts. It is amazing to see these talented youth bring to life wonderful works of art! Here is the National PTA information:  Generally, there are 7 categories:

  • dance choreography
  • film
  • literature
  • music componsition
  • visual arts
  • photography
  • special artist division

There are 4 age groups for each category:

  • K-2 (Primary)
    3-5 (Intermediate)
    6-8 (Middle)
    9-12 (Senior)

New Category – Special Artist Division

In 2012, National PTA launched the Special Artist Division – a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet the American Disabilities Act guidelines. Qualifying students create their own artwork, but may receive non-artistic accommodation or assistance from an adult. Or, qualifying students may choose to follow all general and arts category rules, but receive accommodation to submit Reflections entries in the grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.

Judging Process

Students submit artwork to Rockburn’s PTA. Works are blind-judged at the Rockburn PTA level by local artisans and the top three winning entries in each category and age group advance to the Council level (the Howard County level) in December. From the Council level, the top three winners proceed on to the state level and the top winner at the state level in each category and age group proceeds on the National PTA.

All entries will be judged on artistic merit/creativity, mastery of the medium, and most heavily, interpretation of the theme.

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Awards & Recognition Breakfast

On December 11, 2015  8-9am, the Rockburn PTA will host a breakfast ceremony to recognize all of the participants and announce those who will be moving on to the next level of competition.

State of Maryland level winners will be honored as follows:

  • Outstanding Interpretation of Theme — Certificate, Ribbon, Trophy, 3 Complimentary tickets to the Awards Dinner in July and $100
  • Award of Excellence – Certificate, Ribbon and $75
  • Award of Merit – Certificate, Ribbon and $50

Up to ninety entries will be recognized with monetary awards: 30 Outstanding Interpretation of Theme, 30 Awards of Excellence and 30 Awards of Merit (one award per arts category per age division).

Winners at the National PTA Reflections Awards level include:

  • Outstanding Interpretation Awards: Presented to one student in each arts category and the Special Artist Division for best theme interpretation. Recipients receive $800, a gold medal, and an $200 award for their local PTA. Awardees are recognized at the National PTA Annual Convention and Exhibition and their artwork is displayed at an exhibit in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.
  • Awards of Excellence: Presented to the top three scores for each arts category in each Division. In 2012, PTA recognized 72 students with Awards of Excellence. Recipients received $200, a bronze medal, and were mentioned in the National PTA’s Awards Ceremony Program. They may be highlighted during an exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington.
  • Awards of Merit: Presented to the next five highest scores for each arts category in each division. In 2012, PTA recognized 116 students with Awards of Merit. Recipients received a certificate.

See photos and video from the Gallery of 2013-2014 winners at the U.S. Department of Education.

Rules for each category

Student Entry Form 2015 – required for all submissions:  Reflections2015-16StudentEntryForm-1 (1)

Theme for 2015:  “Let your Imagination Fly”

Student Participation Rules for ALL categories:  accessed through MD PTA

Questions? Contact
Reflections Program Chair
Emily Calkins

PTA President
Janine Sircus

Important Notes
Be sure to read both the participation rules and the rules specific to the category. Here are some important ones to note:

Artist Statement
The artist statement is very important as it will be used to judge the most important criteria: Interpretation of Theme. Be sure to include a well thought out artist statement.

All artwork 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 one sentence, but may not exceed 100 words. The artist statement is very important as it will be used to judge the most important criteria: Interpretation of Theme. Be sure to include a well thought out artist statement.
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. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry.
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 for details.
Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for recorded music in dance choreography and film production entries.
Plagiarized entries will be disqualified and returned to the student. Plagiarism is defined as taking and using another person’s ideas, writings, or inventions as one’s own.