PTA Reflections

The Manning PTA is proud to support our students’ participation in the National PTA Reflections Program, a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. The Reflections program theme for 2019-20 is LOOK WITHIN.  Students are encouraged to enter work reflecting this theme in one or more of the available arts categories (students are limited to one entry per category):

  • Visual Arts – Drawing, Painting, Sculpture
  • Photography –Film or Digital
  • Music Composition –Instrumental or Vocal
  • Film Production –Live Action, Documentary, Animation
  • Dance Choreography –Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary
  • Literature – Short Story, Essay, Poem

Entries must be complete and formatted according to submission guidelines and official program rules; and final deadline for entry is October 23. We will be collecting submissions at the front of the school in the morning and afternoon on the 23rd.

Information for students — including an information flyer, submission guidelines, official program rules, entry forms, and how to prepare pieces to turn in — can be found in the Manning Front Office  or on the JeffCo PTA site:  Reflections Student Rules and Forms . Note: It’s important to review the full rules.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some other helpful hints for students:

  •  Read the Rules! Be sure to look at this year’s rules for creating work – they may have changed from previous years. They spell out the sizes, lengths, and formats for entries in each category. We cannot accept entries that are incomplete or that do not comply with official program rules.
  • Theme, theme, theme: Judges don’t just consider your work – they consider how much you thought about the theme while creating your work. Spend time on the artist statement that you submit with your entry; it is your chance to tell the judges how you translated the theme in your work.
  • Originality: Make sure your work is your own! Please don’t copy a poster or book cover you’ve seen, or submit something that you – along with everyone in your art class made, or turn-in a dance piece that you were taught in dance class. Judges will disqualify work that is not original.
  • Dance Choreography: All styles of dance are accepted. You must be the choreographer and you may also perform the piece (or be one of the performers). Your video must not exceed five minutes and it should be well lit.
  • Film Production: Still images can be incorporated into your film piece but ALL still images must also be your work. You may not use found photography or footage in your work, and you may not use PowerPoint to create your film.  Rules also dictate that the student must be the “cinematographer,” which means you must be either holding the camera or using a tripod to set up the shot if you want to appear in the film.
  • Music Composition: Give the judges a good clear recording in one of the approved formats. You must also provide a score in PDF format with your entry.
  • Photography & Visual Arts:  Presentation matters!  Straight edges and a nice looking mat can help make a good impression on the judges. All photo entries must be a single picture; collages and collections of photos will not be accepted.  If submitting 3D art — for example a sculpture or quilt — take clear photos of it from at least three different angles and neatly mount those photos on mat board.
  • Literature: You are limited to 2,000 words and your piece may be handwritten or typed.  You can include pictures with your written piece, but you will be judged only on the words, not on your pictures.

Entry Submissions and Evaluation

Entries are separated by category (i.e. Photography, Visual Arts, etc.) and by age categories (i.e. 6-8, 9-12, etc). Our judges score each entry on interpretation of the theme (HALF total score!), creativity, and artistic technique.

Each entry must be accompanied by:

  1. Student Entry Form, completely filled out and signed by the student participant and parent. A parent may help you complete the form, as long as the title and artist statement are in your words.
  2. A title for your work. “Untitled” is not acceptable. (Hint: Try to come up with a title that is unique, and not just restating the theme for this year. Our judges love originality!)
  3. Required Artist Statement— Each participant is required to submit an artist statement that describes what inspired him or her to create the work and how it relates to the theme. The artist statement is mandatory for all entries in all grade divisions. The statement should be at least 10 but no more than 100 words. (Hint: Our judges place a lot of emphasis on the artist’s statements to determine how the student interpreted the theme. Please make sure to think carefully about your statement and express yourself well.)

Representatives from The Manning School PTA Reflections Committee will be at school to accept entries in the morning and afternoon of Wednesday, October 23.  During the week of October 28, experienced artists will evaluate Manning student entries for interpretation of theme, creativity, and technique.  The top three Manning entries in each category will be recognized at the Manning Fall Fest – Chili Cookoff & Silent Auction on November 1st, and they will advance to the Jeffco PTA Reflections Exhibition in December at Red Rocks Community College – Arvada Campus.  There, they will be judged against all Jeffco entries in the Middle School Division in each category.  Winners will go on to be judged at the State and National levels.

Last year, Manning student Lillian Young’s water-color painting was given one of five Awards of Excellence – the highest award in the category of Middle School Visual Arts.  We are are excited that our talented Manning students have another opportunity to have their works of art displayed at the county level and maybe even the state and national levels.