Reflections: National Arts Competition
What Is Reflections?
eflections is a cornerstone program of the National PTA that celebrates student's participation in the Arts. This competition is open to ALL LGCS students grades K-8th. PTSA membership is
required for students to participate with Reflections.
The Divisions are as follows: Primary (K-Grade 2); Intermediate (Grades 3-5); Middle School (Grades 6-8); and Special Artist (K-Grade 8).
LGCS PTSA is excited to be participating in this year's National PTA Reflections Art Program in the Visual Arts category. The theme this year is
"Heroes Around Me."
Students must submit their entries to the front office by no later than
Monday, October 15th.
to download and print the Student Registration packet.
All students MUST submit a FULLY COMPLETED Student Entry Form and a Media/Consent Form with their entry. Each entry must contain a title and all entries MUST include an artist's statement as explained in the rules for participation.
Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission on a USB device. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes. Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, or PNG on a USB device.
: Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 ½x11" paper or a PDF file on a USB device.
: Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, or PNG on a USB device.
Visual Arts and Photography categories have specific sizes and information regarding mounting the entries that must be followed. Parents and students,
please read the submission rules very carefully as failure to follow the rules may prevent your student's art piece from being submitted.
Please contact Jennifer Crooker at
if you have any questions.
What Is Reflections About?
Click the video to learn about how your K-8th students can bring this year's theme to life through their own creativity and ingenuity!
Will You Lend Us Your Support
We are looking for volunteers to help with the Reflections program and competition. We are also looking for judges with expertise in the different Art categories that our students will compete. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How Are Student Submissions Judged?
Volunteer judges will judge all entries primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme for this year. Judging will take place at the local, regional, state and national levels. Winners will have the opportunity to win prizes and advance to the next level of competition. We seek judges who have a background or commitment to the Arts to do the judging.
There are also opportunities available for special needs students to participate as well. The special artist form is included in the packet.
See below for some of our past submissions an LG student who won his division at the Hillsborough County Council PTA Reflections competition. He then went on to make us very proud by competing at the state level. We have had over 50 wonderful and creative submissions in the last three years. We invite all LG students to enter Reflections.