2017-2018 Reflections Information

The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is: Within Reach
Tema 2017-18: Al alcance

Submissions for the Reflections Program are due at the Attendance Office by Monday, November 6, 2017.  Details about submitting entries are listed below. Contact sequoiareflections@gmail.com with any questions, and feel free to view past CA state winning entries here.

Entry Form
Download an entry form in English or Spanish.  Tips for filling out the form:

  • You do not need to fill out anything in the entry form box labeled “This box is to be completed by PTA prior to distribution.”
  • The artist’s statement is very important; make it meaningful!   We have provided this information on the artist’s statement.  You can also find an example of the artist’s statement on the SHS Library/Media Center webpage.

Rules
To be eligible to participate, students must follow both the general rules and the category rules. Read the Sequoia PTSA guidelines for turning in submissions (click here for guidelines). All entries must follow the general rules listed in the Sequoia PTSA guidelines.  Category rules specific to each category are listed below.  (Opriman aqui para las reglas oficiales.)

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 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4.

Film Production – Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4.

Literature – Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative, and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and must be typed. It must have a cover page with your name and the title of the piece. Your pages should be numbered if your piece is longer than 1 page.

Music Composition – All music styles and combinations 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 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC. Notation (score/tabulature) in PDF format is required.

Photography – Photo must be a single print/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 3×5 inches and no larger than 8×10 inchesPrints must be mounted and the mounting may not be bigger than 11×14 inches. They can be mounted on mat board or posterboard. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be at least 640×960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG.

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 jewerly, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and be no larger than 24×30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. 3-D entries of art should be able to be moved by 1 person and you must take  3 digital images of your piece at different angles.

Special Artist – Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. The Special Artist Division welcomes all grades and all abilities and offers non-artistic accommodations (e.g. adaptive technology; transcribing; holding a camera) for students to participate fully in PTA Reflections. Student assistants must refrain from being involved in the artistic process (e.g. developing an artist statement, choreography, music lyrics, storyboards, etc. Student recognition and awards are announced as part of the Special Artist Division.  Entries within this category must follow the requirements of the arts category they fall under.

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