Reflections Art Show

The Reflections Arts Recognition Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students created and offered by the National PTA.  This is the first year RHS is participating.

Actively seeking a new parent leader. If you are interested please contact ​ Avis Kowalewski, Volunteer Chair

There are two divisions for our school Primary: K-2 & Intermediate: 3-5.  There are six arts categories – dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the National PTA Reflections Program in one or more arts categories.

Theme: “Believe, Dream, Inspire”
Guidelines – Reflections Program 2013-14

  • 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 except in the Special Artist Division. 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.
  • Students must adhere to the General Participation Rules as well as the rules for their specific arts categories.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.
  • Students entering the National PTA Reflections® Program at local levels should follow submission rules provided by Local PTAs. Upon completion of the local program, students whose winning entries are selected to advance to the next level of the competition will complete an online entry form.
  • File Formats: PTAs should follow their State PTA guidelines for file formats related to artwork. State PTAs can submit any of the following file formats with a maximum file size of 1GB (gigabyte) to the National PTA Reflections Program:

o Audio: MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC
o Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

Entries are judged on:

  • Interpretation of the National PTA Reflections® theme – “Believe, Dream, Inspire”
  • Artistic merit
  • Creative merit
  • Technical merit

The National PTA Reflections® Program makes no restrictions on content or subject matter in artwork. Each PTA/PTSA determines its own judges for the program. Under no condition may parents or students contact the judges to dispute the status of any entry. All decisions of judges are final.

For more information about the National PTA Reflections Program
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  • Entry must be an original black-and-white or color image,  or a group of images, produced by a photographic process.
  • The student must be the one to take the photograph
  • Must not exceed 11 x 14 INCLUDING THE MOUNTING OR MATTING
  • MUST BE MOUNTED or MATTED on cardboard mat, poster board, or other sturdy material

Dance Choreography

  • A Dance Choreography entry must be an original choreographed dance composition
  • Must not exceed 5 minutes and recorded on a DVD ONLY; submit 2 DVD’s saved as a file, not a DVD movie
  • The choreographer may be the performer, one of the performers, but does not have to be
  • Costumes are not necessary, however, if used choreographer must also create the costumes

Film Production

  • A Film Production entry must be an original work of fiction, non-fiction; with or without sound
  • Can be Animation, Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, or a Media Presentation
  • No PowerPoint presentations
  • Student must be the director, screenwriter, and cameraperson; and storyboarding and editing must also be done by the student
  • Must not exceed 5 minutes and recorded on DVD ONLY; submit 2 DVD’s saved as a file, not as a DVD movie


  • A Literature entry may be works of fiction or nonfiction, prose, poetry and drama
  • Entries must not exceed 2,000 words    * Can be handwritten or typed (one sided only)
  • Must be on 8 ½ x 11 paper  * DO NOT mount or mat
  • Students for whom English is not their first language may submit literature entries in their own language.

Music Composition

  • A Musical Composition entry may be voice, instruments, or a combination of voice and instruments.
  • Must not exceed 5 minutes and recorded on CD ONLY; submit 2 CD’s saved as a .mp3 file, not a CD/DVD movie
  • Middle and High School Entries: notation, including traditional tablature or electronic is required.
  • Score size shall not exceed 8 ½ x 11 paper

Visual Arts

  • A Visual Arts entry must be an original print, drawing, painting, collage, photographic collage, metal etching or punch work, fiber work,  or computer generated* No 3-Dimensional art work   * Laminating is discouraged
  • MUST BE MOUNTED OR MATTED and not to exceed 3/8 inch in thickness
  • Must not exceed 24 x 30 INCLUDING THE MOUNTING OR MATTING

NEW Division – Special Artist

This is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines in the American Disabilities Act.

Entries must be the original work of one student only | Title and Artist Statement required | Enter as many times as you want to | Enter in as many art categories as you would like | No copyrighted material can be used.

For more under Programs click Reflections

The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for students, parents, schools and communities is unmatched with the majority of California PTAs participating in the program at all PTA levels.

That’s why the Reflections Program provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to:

  • Unleash their creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the joy and fun of making art
  • Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art

As an added bonus, in showcasing and celebrating student talent, the Reflections Program increases community awareness of the importance of the arts in education.

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