Reflections is a National PTA arts in education program.  The program was started in 1969 and is the largest arts in education program of its kind in the United States.  Students have the opportunity to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works created around a theme.


LWPTSA Council is pleased to announce:

  • 38 out of 41 schools participated this year
  • 528 entries representing all six categories (including Special Artist) advanced to the Council-level of the competition
  • 83 entries representing all six categories (including Special Artist) advanced to the State-level of the competition. Council Winners for 2016-17

Congratulations State Reflections Winners!

Fourteen Lake Washington Reflections Artists won awards at the WA State PTA Competition. There were four award winners in Music Competition; five in Literature; one in Film Production; one in Visual Arts; and three in Special Artist/Visual Arts.

Four of the 14 students received the Outstanding Interpretation Award (1st Place) and have advanced to the National PTA competition which is taking place currently. Good luck to Madelyn Colantes (Literature), Maya Rehman (Literature), Tanmay Kulkarni (Literature & Music), and Megan Lambert (Visual Arts/Special Artist).  

See all Washington State Reflections winners.

Our district won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Special Artist/Visual Arts. See their artwork here!
(The Special Artist Division was created as an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.)

Outstanding Interpretation –
“A Home is Safe” by Megan Lambert, Kirkland MS

Award of Excellence –
“My Family Story” by Chloe Good, Kirkland MS

Award of Merit –
“Through My Eyes” by Natalie Bullock, Inglewood MS


Program Details


2017-18 Theme!

“Within Reach

 Four Rounds of Competition

  1. Local
  2. Council
  3. State
  4. National

Five Grade Divisions

  1. Primary (Preschool – Grade 2)
  2. Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5)
  3. Middle/Junior (Grades 6 – 8)
  4. Senior (Grades 9 – 12)
  5. Special Artist (All grades) Click here to read about the Special Artist Division.

Participation in Reflections is organized by student grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division.

Six Art Categories

  1. Dance Choreography. Ballet, contemporary, ethnic and folk, hip hop, jazz and tap. Entrant must be the choreographer and may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be.
  2. Film Production. Accepted forms include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or a media presentation (PowerPoint is prohibited). Entrant must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person including all story boarding and editing.
  3. Literature. Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, drama (screen play and play script), reflective essay, narrative, and short story.
  4. Music Composition. All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Copyrighted material is prohibited. The composer may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be. Notation, score or tablature required for middle and high school division. **Music videos are not accepted**
  5. Photography. Accepted forms of photography include: A single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one seamless print of multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted. Entrant must be the one to take the photograph. Must be mounted or matted on cardboard mat, foam core, or other rigid, sturdy material. New maximum size: up to 18” X 24” and up to 3/8”thick.
  6. Visual Arts. Accepted forms include: Architecture (2D), collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, design, drawing, fiber work, mobiles, painting, and printmaking. No framed entries including canvas stretched over a fram. Paper entries must be mounted on a rigid, sturdy material such as foam core or cardboard mat.  Maximum size:  up to 18” x 24”  and up to 3/8”thick.

Judging and Recognition

Entries are judged largely on interpretation of the theme, but creativity and skill are also considered.  Judges are typically community volunteers who are experienced in the art categories they are judging.  Entries are first judged at the local level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level.   PTA’s recognize students at each level of competition.  At the National level, prizes for top award winners include cash and an expense-paid trip to the awards ceremony at the National PTA convention.  Click HERE for more information.

PTA Participation

All PTSAs in good standing may sponsor the Reflections Program. Students may only submit entries through a PTA.  If a PTA is a member of a council, they will send the chosen entries to the council program according to the guidelines established by their council. If a PTA is not a member of a council, they will submit their entries directly to Washington State PTA.

Reflections Forms & Guide

The Reflections Guide, rules, and all the necessary forms are located on the Washington State PTA Reflections web page. 

Only official entry forms for Washington State are accepted. Local PTAs should pre-fill the PTA information section before distributing the form to students.

Frequently Used Forms

Size Verification Board Template

Generic Student Entry Form