Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students 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 not only in school but in life.

Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2022-2023 program year is Show Your Voice Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories:

Dance Choreography – originally choreographed dance video.

Film Production – original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, or music video.

Literature – works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, short stories, or lyrics. 

Music Composition – an original musical composition, with or without words.

Photography – color or black and white that can include editing techniques such as photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposures.

Visual Arts – drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer-generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework, leather tooling, or a three-dimensional piece such as clay, woodwork, etc.

Film Production – original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, or music video.

 

Participation in Reflections is organized at multiple levels to allow recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate grade level or developmental stage. Forest View Elementary levels include:

 

Primary – Preschool – Grade 2

Intermediate – Grades 3 – 5

Special Artist (option for students with a disability per ADA guidelines)

 

Entries are judged on creativity, technique, and interpretation of the theme. The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local school, district council, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local school level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level. All Forest View entries will be recognized and on display at the school in mid-November. Students will be informed if their entries move on and will be shown at the District Exhibition, State Ceremony, and National PTA Annual Convention. 

 

Guidelines for Submissions (2022 -2023)

There are guidelines when submitting student artwork. Please be sure to review each category carefully. Fine art and photographs need to be mounted on foam board and you will need to cover them to protect them. This is especially important for finalists because their artwork will travel to different places and may be subject to damage if this process is not followed. Students may submit one art piece per category. Please review the rules for whichever category you are submitting your artwork by clicking on the link(s) below. Guidelines/rules are set forth by the official Reflections committee.

 

Forms & Rules

Download forms and lookup rules and guidelines for each of the six categories by clicking on the links below

Dance Choreography Rules

Film Production Rules

Literature Rules

Music Composition Rules

Photography Rules

Visual Arts 2D & 3D Rules

 

Please fill out the student entry form and review the checklist before submitting it.

 

Two other main points to adhere to are:

  1. Be sure to complete an official student entry form with your artwork. Students must title and describe their piece with a minimum of 10 to a maximum 100-word description. Judging is heavily based on the student’s ability to describe how their artwork represents the theme of the competition.
  2. Students are required to mount their art pieces on rigid backing such as foam board or mat board. Foam boards can be purchased in many locations. This helps display the piece and allows for protected transport. The student should also protect their work by covering it with a plastic sleeve. This helps further protect the artwork from the rain and other possible mishaps during display and transport.

For additional information, please visit the Washington State PTA website