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Malibu Elementary School is excited to participate in the National PTA's Reflections program that 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.

The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter 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, Visual Arts.  See descriptions below or download information.

VISUAL ARTS include many art forms that are visual in nature. The artist (student submitting entry) is

a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas to create a visual piece of art.

Accepted forms of visual art include : Architecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages,

photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, crafts, design,

dioramas, drawing, fiberwork, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting,

printmaking, sculpture and wind chimes. Reproductions or enlargements of other artwork are not


PHOTOGRAPHY is the process of creating an image. The photographer (student submitting entry) is

a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas with a camera. By focusing on objects using

various lenses, filters and light sources, photographers may demonstrate the use of photographic

techniques conventionally or digitally.

Accepted forms of photography include: A single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one print of

multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and white

and color images are accepted.

LITERATURE is the art of writing. The author (student submitting entry) is a person who expresses

their own thoughts and ideas through the use of words. Authors submit a single literary work,

handwritten or typed, using grade-appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling. Collections of

literary work (such as poems and short stories) are not accepted. 

Consider the following literary styles to portray your original work of fiction or nonfiction:

Prose, Poetry, Drama, Reflective essay, Narrative, Short story.

MUSIC COMPOSITION is the process of creating a new piece of music. The composer

(student submitting entry) is a person who expresses their own thoughts and ideas through

the use of sound. The student composer may submit an entry performed by an individual or

group and/or make use of a sound library generated performance of a composed score.

Student composers are not required to perform their composition. Middle and high school

grade divisions require music score/tablature/notation, either traditional or tablature.


Consider the following musical styles and instruments to portray your original

composition: A Cappella, Blues, Choral, Country, Electronic, Hip hop, Jazz, Latin, Musical,

Orchestral, Pop, R&B, Religious, Rock, Symphonic/Concert Band and Traditional.

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY is the act of creating movement. The choreographer (student submitting

entry) maybe the performer or one of the performers, but the choreographer does not have to

perform in the entry.

Consider the following styles and ensembles to portray your original choreography: Ballet,

Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Folk Dance, Religious Dance, Dance Ensembles (color guard/indoor

guard), Ice Skating/Dancing and Gymnastics-floor Routine.

FILM PRODUCTION is the process of making a film. The producer (student submitting the entry) is

not required to appear in the film but if the student chooses to, a camera tripod may be used. All

screenwriting, directing, and editing must be done by the student producer. PowerPoint

presentations are prohibited.


Consider the following styles to portray your original work of fiction or nonfiction:

● Animation: Demonstrates motion by sequencing still objects or using computer-generated


● Narrative: Tells a fictional story developed by the student.

● Documentary: Presents facts and information.

● Experimental: Explores movement, light and montage.

● Multimedia: Uses a combination of different contents (text, audio, still images, animation,



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