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Reflections 2020  


Every child is an artist, said Pablo Picasso. National PTA Reflections program provides a platform for ALL students to find their voices and tell their unique stories through art. Art helps children explore their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. The theme this year is a fundamental one "I Matter Because...". The theme is especially relevant when everyone around us is questioning the new normal. This is a great opportunity for the children to express the world around them as they see it through art!

Contact reflections@evergreenptsa.org if you have questions.

About the Program

Reflections is a National PTA Arts in Education program. The program was started in 1969 and is the largest program of its kind in the United States. It is a great opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. It provides recognition to the students at local, council, state and national level. It helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life. Studies have shown there is a positive relationship between the arts and wellbeing. In today’s uncertain world, it is even more important to provide a creative and artistic outlet for our children to express themselves. Befittingly, this year’s theme is I Matter Because…

Students may submit an entry in one or more of the six categories. Each student may submit only one entry per category. The Reflections Entry Form must also be submitted along with the digital copy of original art. Entries must be submitted online by October 27, 2020.

Key Dates

Student Entries Online Submission Due: October 27, 2020

EMS Winner Entries Submission to LWPTSA: November 20, 2020

EMS Reflections Online Reception for all participants: TBD

LWPTSA Reflections Reception/Open House: January 8, 2021. 5 pm at LWSD Resource Center

Program Details

Only original works of art by EMS students are accepted. The six art categories are listed below. Click the links to check the rules for each of the categories. 

     Checklist for Success: Get started with Reflections 2020-21.

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

    Music Composition: original musical composition, with or without words.

    Photography: color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure.

    Visual Arts (2D only): drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling. 3D art is not accepted by LWPTSA council. 

    Film/Video: original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.

    Choreography/Dance: originally choreographed dance composition.

Online Submission (NEW THIS YEAR)

Students will submit the entries ONLINE. Reflections Chair will provide help to any students deterred by online submission. Details about the online portal for submission are being determined. Following are the accepted formats of the entries.

   Student Entry Form: Fillable PDF

   Literature: PDF format

   Music Composition: MP3 or WAV format. Music Score, Tablature, or Notation in PDF format.

   Photography: JPG, JPEG or PNG format

Note: For Photography, please retain the original art until the WA PTA winners are announced. Original artwork will be required for entries advancing to the National PTA.

   Visual Arts (2D Only): Photo of the artwork in JPG, JPEG, or PNG format

Note: For Visual Arts, please retain the original art until the WA PTA winners are announced. Original artwork will be required for entries advancing to the National PTA.

   Film /Video: MP4 or AVI format  

   Choreography/Dance: MP4 or AVI format

  Special Artist Division 

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).

Complete details are included in the 2020-21 Special Artist Rules.

 Judging Process

All school Reflections entries will be reviewed and judged under middle school division (Grades 6-8) by local art professionals in each category. Entries are judged on interpretation of the theme, creative ability and technique. Judging will be conducted online. All participants will receive a certificate and ribbon. Winners at school level may advance to the LWSD PTSA Council, WA State PTA and National PTA level competitions. Judging will occur at each of the individual levels. Top winners at the national level receive award packages, some of which include cash prizes!

2019-20  Accomplishments

Congratulations to all school participants (27 entries received!)

16 school winners advanced to District Round

3 district winners advanced to State Round (highlighted in colors)

Student Name Grade Category Title
Harshita Raja 7 Literature Not What it seems
Ruohan Huang 6 Literature Look Within
Samyukta Kaushik 8 Music Eye of the Storm (Award of Merit)
Daniel Fanaru 7 Music Look Within Yourself
Olivia Ong 8 photography Reflect (Outstanding Interpretation)
Riya Rajkumar 6 Visual Beautifully Fierce
Aashka Contractor 6 Visual Synesthesia
Dhanvee Prabakarraj 7 visual A Warrior From the Soul
Nuha Hussain 6 visual Tiger Reflection
Harshita Raja 7 Visual Youthful
Lakshya Wahi 6 Visual Five Morals to Inner Peace
Alexis Sevigny 7 Visual With Pain Comes Beauty (Award of Excellence)
Caroline Adams 7 Visual Look Within "Meyer's Magical Spyglass"
Glenn Cheruvathur 8 Visual 24 Hours of Le Mans
Derek Yao 7 Visual Looking Within
Annika Renganathan 8 Visual Ponder, Passion, Persevere


Helpful Tips  |  Judging  | Common Errors and Corrections for Reflection Entries

Contact Reflections@evergreenptsa.org with any questions.

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