What is the PTA Reflections Program?
The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students in preschool through grade 12. The program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students by encouraging them to create works of art in the areas of visual arts, literature, photography, musical composition, dance choreography, and film production. The Reflections program was established nearly 50 years ago by PTA. More than 200,000 students nationwide participate through their local PTA’s each year.
Who can participate at Commonwealth Elementary?
Students in grades K-5 from Commonwealth with at least one person from their primary household is a current member of the PTA can participate in the Reflections Program.
What is this year’s theme?
The theme for 2018-19 is…
“Heroes Around Me”
What is the submission deadline?
Submission deadline is about the middle of October each year with the exact
date(s) to be announced after the beginning of the new school year.
Entry forms will be sent out the first week or two after the new school term
begins. Students will bring their submissions and entry forms to the CWE
cafeteria from 7:30-8:00am on the designated date(s) (to be announced) where
the entry forms will be checked for accuracy and completion.
What are the categories and how many entries can students submit?
The categories and guidelines can be found at the following link:
Students may submit an entry in any of the six art areas listed and can enter more than one work of art in the same category, however, each entry must have its own entry form.
Only ORIGINAL works of art are accepted and must relate to the annual Reflections theme.
Students are NOT allowed to submit collaborative/team entries and only one student name is allowed per entry form.
******* NO 3D ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED!!*******
A state level rule is at least one parent must belong to the PTA. You can join at the following link:
What is the judging process?
All entries are judged in artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the media, and interpretation of the theme. In order to prevent bias in judging and a conflict of interest, judges are selected from the community and are knowledgeable in their assigned art area. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions for Commonwealth are as follows:
After the initial judging of all submissions, 20% of our entries in each category will be forwarded on to our Council PTA level for further judging and have the potential to move beyond that and be recognized at the State and National Levels.
How can parents support their students in the Reflections program?
Parents can make sure your child's submission adheres to the rules . Support your child in working independently (done with minimal supervision) to create an original piece of art inspired by the current theme. It is very important to ensure your child articulates and explains how their artwork relates to the theme on the Artist's statement located on the entry form.
Will Commonwealth students recognized for participating in the Reflections Program?
Yes, at our Art Showcase on November 14th, 2017. Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program’s goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a “contest” format, winning should not be the emphasis. All student participants at Commonwealth will receive a Reflections participant ribbon. Students with winning entries going onto to the next level of judging will also be recognized. As well, students will be celebrated on our morning announcements if their Art has been selected to advance to the next level of judging.