PTA Reflections Art Contest

The theme for the 2017-2018 school year will be announced May 1, 2017.
CREATE an original work of art.


Claremont students are very artistic and in the past several years Claremont students won Reflections awards at the local, State, and National level.

All Claremont students are encouraged to submit works of art in any (or all) of the six categories:

Dance Choreography | Literature | Photography | Film Production | Musical Composition | Visual Arts

Local winners in each category go on to compete at the district/region and state levels. State winners are then considered for a National PTA Reflections award, including:

Outstanding Interpretation Awards | Awards of Excellence | Awards of Merit

As with any competition there are overarching rules (listed below) and there are also very specific rules for each of the six categories.

Please go to this link and read (and follow) the rules for the specific category of art your child wishes to create:

 Overarching Rules

 Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.

Reflections – For Students – Programs – National PTA

Create an Original Work

Only new and original works inspired by the theme: What Is Your Story? will be accepted. Enter in 1 or more of the following arts categories.

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Visit your State PTA website for available arts categories and official rules for participation.

Submit Your Entry

Follow your school’s PTA deadlines and instructions on how to enter. Your submission must include a completed and signed Student Entry Form.

In your artist statement, tell us about your work and what it means to you.

  • 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?

Program and Technical Requirements:

  • All artwork must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement.
  • The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least one sentence, but may not exceed 100 words.
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only.  An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed.  Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry.
  • Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only.
  • See the specific Arts Category Rules for details.
  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for recorded music in dance choreography and film production entries.
  • Plagiarized entries will be disqualified and returned to the student. Plagiarism is defined as taking and using another person’s ideas, writings, or inventions as one’s own.

Judging Criteria

Reflections – For Students – Programs – National PTA

Volunteer arts and education experts review submissions without knowledge of the entrants’ identity. Judges look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill.

  • Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist 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.

Visit the art gallery for examples of national award-winning works.

Contact Tammar Stein at for more information.