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REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST

AT EAGLE VIEW ELEMENTARY

PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. 

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them 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 in school and in life.

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2023-2024 THEME

This year's Reflections theme is "I Am Hopeful Because..."

 

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts

 

Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades welcome).  Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.  

Student winners from Eagle View have the opportunity to compete in our Fairfax County Council and Virginia PTA programs to the national level. National Reflections winners are announced in May and celebrated throughout the following year. Learn more about competing nationally here.

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HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES

To submit your entries, please click on the link below and complete the entry form.  The form must be completed by an individual aged 13 or older.  You must complete a separate entry form for each category a student participates in.  Upload files for your child's entry into the dropbox linked below.  Please review the contest rules below for file formats and other instructions for each particular category. When the entry form is submitted, you will be emailed a link to upload your art entry into a Dropbox.

Entry forms and art entries are due by November 20, 2023.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Students who identify as having a disability have 2 ways to participate:

  1. Enter the Special Artist Division to receive accommodation and assistance from an adult.

  2. Enter the grade division most closely aligned to the student’s functional abilities. Students are recognized and awarded prizes as part of the general student population without regard to special needs or challenges. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!

This is our first time participating in this program and we need plenty of help! We need 4-6 caregivers, school staff, or community partners to help with organizing our Reflections program and judging entries, and 2-4 volunteers to creation a celebration for participants. Sign up below or email your specific interest to vp.programs@evespta.org or president@evespta.org.

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REFLECTION CATEGORIES AND CONTEST ENTRY RULES 

Entries should represent students’ unique creativity. Adults are welcome to encourage students but are asked not to assist in any way with their interpretation of the theme or artistic expression.

 

Eagle View students may submit art work for any of the following categories in the stated file format.    

 

Dance Choreography

  • Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. 

  • 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 minutes in length and 1 GB in size. 

  • Acceptable formats:  AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, and MP4.  

 

Film Production

  • Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. 

  • Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. 

  • Entrant must be screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer.  

  • If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. 

  • Video file must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1 GB in size. 

  • Acceptable formats:  AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, and MP4.  

 

Literature

  • Accepted forms of fiction and non-fiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screenplay and play script, narrative and short story. 

  • Entrant may write in their primary language as long as an interpretative English translation is also attached. 

  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 

  • Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. 

  • Acceptable formats:  Single-sided print on 8 1/2" x 11" paper or PDF. 

 

Music Composition

  • All music styles and combination of instrumentation are accepted. 

  • Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer or one of the performers. 

  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 

  • Audio file must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1 GB in size. 

  • Acceptable formats:  MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC. 

  • Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle and high school divisions.

 

Photography

  • Photo must be a single print or 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 exposure, negative sandwich and photogram.

  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited.

  • Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3" x 5" and no larger than 8" x 10".

  • Acceptable print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11" x 14".

 

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. 

  • Use of copyrighted materials is prohibited. 

  • 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24" x 30" with matting.

  • Framed entries are not accepted.  Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. 

  • 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. 

  • Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes.   

AWARDS

EVES Awards

Outstanding Interpretation Awards

1 Winner per arts category & special artists division

 

Award of Excellence

2 Winners per division of each arts category & 1 special artist in each arts area

 

Awards of Merit

3 Winners per grade division of each arts category & 1 special artist in each arts area

Honorable Mention

 

National Awards

Outstanding Interpretation Awards

1 Winner per arts category & special artists division

  • $800 Young Artist Scholarship + $200 Outstanding Local PTA Award

  • Gold Reflections Medallion 

  • Outstanding Interpretation Award Certificate 

  • Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery

 

Award of Excellence

3 Winners per division of each arts category & 1 special artist in each arts area

  • $200 Young Artist Scholarship 

  • Silver Medallion and certificate 

  • Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery

 

Awards of Merit

5 Winners per grade division of each arts category & 1 special artist in each arts area

  • Silver Medallion and certificate 

  • Recognition in the traveling art exhibit and online gallery

Honorable Mention

For all remaining national-round participants

  • Certificate of honorable mention

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2022-2023

Dance Choreography

Let Your Light Shine by Calina Morgan, 6th grade

  • Artist Statement: My voice comes through in my dance. I can show my emotions through my movements and be brave in my dance. When you're feeling unsure or shy you need to try and find a different way to show your voice and what makes you who you are; to show your spark!

Literature

Francesca’s Diary by Mia Dade, 6th grade

  • Artist Statement: My story is about someone who gets bullied every day at school and decides to do something about it. I know many people that have been hurt by getting bullied and never do anything about it.

Visual Arts

Stop Global Warming by Mike Yoo (Junseok Yoo), 6th grade

  • Artist Statement: We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.

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