Reflections Art Contest

Reflections is back!

Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to those students who art work is moving to the next level of the competition!

Explore the ARTS...

Reflect on the theme; Create an original work; Be Recognized

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on a given theme. Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art
  • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

Entries must be the original work of the student only. Enter as many times as you want to and enter in as many art categories as you would like. For inspiration, visit the Reflections national award-winning Art Gallery.

Reflect on the 2017-2018 theme: Within Reach and get creative!

Submissions Due Date : October 17th, 2017 from 8am - 9am in GLC

Stocklmeir Participation Divisions :

  • Primary: Kindergarten to Grade 2
  • Intermediate: Grade 3-5
  • Special Artist (All Grades) for students with disability

How to Register :

    • Fill out registration form here : This tells us how many entries to expect
    • Print and fill out Reflections Entry Form. This is mandatory with every submission. Submit this along with the Reflections art entry on the 17th.

Participation Rules :

    • All students *must* follow the Official Rules set by California PTA's Reflections committee and bring the completed Reflections Entry form with their submissions. (Note: Local PTA Information on the Entry Form will be filled in by office). Entries submitted without the forms will be disqualified from judging.
    • Title and Artist statement in the form is required. Parents can fill in this information for those students who are unable to write it themselves.
    • No copyrighted material can be used.
    • The work *must* be the original work of the student. No adult intervention or peer collaboration should alter the artistic creation of the student. Adult intervention is accepted only towards providing procedural and technical guidance. Entries that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified from judging.

Reflections Arts Categories :

    • Dance Choreography: Dance Choreography is the act of creating movement. The choreographer (student submitting entry) may be the performer or one of the performers, but the choreographer does not have to perform in the entry.
    • Film Production: 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, caera/ filming and editing must be done by the student producer.
    • Literature: Literature is the art of writing. The author (student submitting netry) is a person who expresses their own thoughts and ideas throughthe use of words. Autheors submit a single literary work, handwritten or typed, using grade appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling.
    • Music Composition: 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.
    • Photography: 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.
    • Visual Arts: Visual Arts include many art forms that are visual in nature. The artist (student submitting entry) I a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas to create a visual piece of art. Accepted forms include both 2D and 3D works such as ceramics, collages, drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.
    • Special Artist: Students who identify as having special needs 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.

Review Criteria

    • Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.
    • Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
    • Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Artworks are submitted first to Stocklmeir PTA. The top 3 entries in each category are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention
  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and a $100 savings bond presented on stage at convention
  • An expense-paid trip for the award-winning student and one parent/guardian to convention.

State-level winners were recognized at the 2017 California State PTA Annual Convention. National-level Award of Excellence honorees are recognized at the National PTA Convention, plus their artworks are featured in Reflections’ popular traveling national exhibit. See the winners.

Questions: Contact Shruti Dixit/ Roopa Krishnan at

Tips and Tricks :

    • Consider participating in categories besides Visual Arts. That category receives the most entries and hence, chances of getting picked for next level goes down.
    • Refer to this link on what is photograph vs. visual arts :
    • Please ensure to fill out the required forms in full (especially artist title and statement). Numerous entries get dropped due to lack of this information.In your artist statement, tell us about your work and what it means to you.
      • How does your work relate to the theme?
      • What is your personal connection to the theme?
      • What did you use to create your work (e.g. supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?
      • What/Who was your inspiration?
    • Please allow children to expand on their creativity with minimal adult interaction/participation.

Program Updates

Thank you for all of the participants who submitted entries for the 2016-2017 school year! We look forward to another great year of art for the 2017-18 school year!!