PTA Reflections Art Program

What is the PTA Reflections Program?

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 all students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. This program is for all abilities!

Pioneer Valley Explorers can shine in four different categories:
1. Literature: Poetry, prose, play, short story, or song lyrics.

2. Photography: Color or black and white photo.

3. Visual Arts 2D: Drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic,
watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.

4. Special Artist Division.

There are 6 total categories available, but we are focusing on these four this year!

Our theme this year is: I matter because...

Want to participate? Let us know by filling out the Reflections Interest Form

Literature Rules

Works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.

Photography Rules

Color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative 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.

Special Artist

The National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


The Student Entry Form must be filled out, printed, and signed by the student and adult. The top part of the form will be left empty and Jolene Thayer will fill it in.

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Please keep in mind the following:

Each student entry must be accompanied by a paper student entry form signed by a parent or a guardian and be completely filled out including title and artist statement. This must be filled out by the student. The artist statement communicates the artist’s inspiration for the work and how it relates to the theme. The statement must describe the content and include at least one sentence but not exceed 100 words.  The title and statement are VERY important to the judging.


No names on the front of any of the artwork or photography. Have the student’s full name printed on the back of the entry.


Art and photography must be mounted on a sturdy backing (cannot fold) and be no more than ½ inch thick. (If you need assistance with the back, please contact for help. Please don’t let this be the reason you don’t participate.

Students may enter more than one category but may not have two entries in the same category. Each entry must be the original work of ONE student only.
Artwork does not need to be wrapped for submission as stated in the rules. If artwork moves on to the local PTA Council, the Reflections chair will wrap the artwork.
Please take a picture of your artwork before you submit it! If your artwork is chosen to continue on in the competition, you may not see it for many months! If it is chosen to go to Nationals, it may be years before it is returned. Literature will not be returned if it goes to Nationals.


All projects must be dropped off at Jolene Thayer's porch on or before November 23rd. Address will be provided at a later date.