Reflections Arts Contest
Reflections is the National PTA program that encourages students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork for fun and recognition. We invite all students whose families are members of our PTA to participate in this opportunity to showcase their creative talents.
Theme: "Show Your Voice"
Create original works of art in response to the student-selected theme: "Show Your Voice." Entries can be in one or all of the available arts categories:
How to Enter
The entry form must accompany all Reflections submissions. Each submission requires a separate entry form. You can find further details on the rules for each category further below. Students in grades K-2 compete in the Primary Division, grades 3-5 compete in the Intermediate Division, and 6th grade competes in the Middle School Division. All entries MUST be submitted digitally (see information further below).
The deadline to enter for 2022-2023 is October TBA.
Title and Artist Statement
Judges strongly consider the interpretation of the Reflections theme during the evaluation process. Therefore, it is suggested that students give their submissions a title that stands out and describes how the piece relates to the student's interpretation of the theme. The following guiding questions can be helpful when developing a title and artist statement:
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?
Rules and Digital File Requirements for Artwork
Please follow the guidelines below for submitting your student's artwork.
Dance Choreography: Rules. Maximum video length of 5 minutes and file size of 1 GB. Accepted file formats are AVI, MOV, or MP4 format.
Film Production: Rules. Maximum video length of 5 minutes and file size of 1 GB. Accepted file formats are AVI, MOV, or MP4 format.
Literature: Rules. Maximum of 2,000 words within a single-size 8.5x11" piece of paper. Accepted file format is PDF.
Music Composition: Rules. Maximum audio recording length of 5 minutes and file size of 1 GB. Accepted file formats are MP3 or WAV. (Notation & score should be in PDF format - applicable for middle school division [6th grade]).
Photography: Rules. Paper dimensions must be at least 3x5 and no larger than 3x10. Digital dimensions must be at least 640 x 960 pixels and 300 dpi resolution. Accepted file formats are JPEG, JPG, or PNG.
Visual Arts: Rules. Paper entry dimensions cannot exceed 24x30, including matting. Digital dimensions must be at least 640 x 960 pixels and 300 dpi resolution. Accepted file formats are JPEG, JPG, or PNG format. One photo should be submitted for 2-D art. 3 photos (from different angles) should be submitted for 3-D art.
For the Special Artist Division, please refer to the Special Artist Rules.
Digital Entry Form
You must complete the digital entry form for each artwork. Instructions to complete the form are included on the Reflections Entries webpage (click the Reflections Submissions button below). Make sure that you include the title of the artwork and artist statement, plus select the correct division and art category. Once you've filled out the form, you'll upload the digital file(s) for the artwork before submitting the entry. Ensure that the file(s) for your student's entry meets the category's file type and size requirements noted above. If you need assistance or have questions, contact our Reflections Coordinator.
To submit your student's entry, click on the button below (your family must be CRS PTA members participate; if you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to do so before accessing the instructions and entry form).
Check back for the entry submission link in September 2022.
During the evaluation process, judges will consider the following criteria:
Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist's 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.
Awards and Recognition
All CRS participants will be recognized. Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their council (Fairfax County Council of PTAs), district (Northern Virginia District PTA), and state (Virginia PTA) programs to the national level. Learn more about the National PTA Reflections awards.
2022-2023 Reflections Awards - Results
Results to be announced (November 2022).
Questions? Please email our Reflections Coordinator.