National PTA Reflections Theme Search The theme is determined by National PTA, from student submissions. The due date for submitting a theme search entry is November 1, 2017. Entries are to be mailed to the WSPTA office. This is not a postmarked date.
Washington State PTA Office c/o Reflections Theme Search 1304 S Fawcett Avenue | Suite 300 Tacoma, WA 98402
Reflections Program Details Gateway Entries Due: November 13 -- -turn in to Mrs. Hines' Art Classroom The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are:
Literature -- works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words.
Photography -- color or black and white, including techniques: photogram, retouched, montage, sandwich and multiple exposure.
Visual Arts -- drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling. New this year-3D Architecture carpentry, ceramics, crafts, design, dioramas, fiber work, jewelry, kites, dioramas, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, sculpture and wind chimes.
Film/Video -- original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
Choreography/Dance -- originally choreographed dance composition.
Rules for all categories can be found on WSPTA website by clicking here.
Participation in Reflections is organized by student age and grade levels. 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 are:
Primary -- Preschool - Grade 2
Intermediate -- Grades 3 - 5
Middle/Junior -- Grades 6 - 8
Senior -- Grades 9 - 12
Special Artist--for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all grades
Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level. 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.
Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select up to four entries in each of the six arts areas (a total of 24) to submit to the National PTA. National first, second, and third place, and honorable mention entries are recognized at the National PTA Annual Convention.
RULES ** Do not mount visual arts and photography entries-PTSA will mount the entries that advance to Council!