Reflections Arts Program

2018-19 Theme: HEROES AROUND ME

SRVCPTA Reflections welcomes students of all grades and all abilities to explore their inner artist. We will be celebrating the 50th year of Reflections Program. 2018 - 2019 Reflections Theme: "HEROES AROUND ME".  The deadline for Live Oak is October 15, 2018.  You can drop off the student's artwork at the front office.  If you have any questions, please email

Let your imagination fly and unleash your inner artistic talent! Choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us what the theme: “Heroes Around Me” means to you. 
New academic standards require more critical thinking and problem solving, which translates into more creativity and deeper reflection. That’s why Reflections isn’t just for arts classes. Don't miss out to participate in the 50th year National PTA's Reflections program. Put your thinking hat on during summer and get creative! 
• Students may explore one or all six arts disciplines, including: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.
• Students reflect on the annual theme in school or at home and are recognized for their participation and achievement in the arts
• Every student is recognized for his or her accomplishments with the opportunity for state and national awards and recognition.
• The love of art and celebration of students can bring people together – families, teachers, and friends in the community. 


The Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education. Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired

  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork

  • Experience the fun and joy 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

All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

  • Dance/choreography

  • Literature

  • Photography

  • Film production

  • Music composition

  • Visual arts

Review general entry rules listed on the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Reflections webpage prior to working on your project. Download official entry form


Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

State-level Award of Excellence honorees receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase their artwork at the California State PTA Convention

  • Prizes including an Award of Excellence medal, certificate and a $100 savings bond presented on stage at convention

  • An expense-paid trip for the award-winning student and one parent/guardian to convention

For judging purposes, entries are divided into 2 divisions:

Primary: Pre-K - 2nd grade

Intermediate:  Grades 3 - 5

Entries are judged on the following 3 criteria:

  1. Interpretation - How does your submission relate to the topic “Heroes Around Me” ? Use the artist statement section on the entry form to explain the connection between the submission(s) and the topic. (20 points)

  2. Originality - How much independence of thought and idea has been expressed in the work. (10 points)

  3. Technique - what unique skills have been used to create this piece (10 points)

(For Official Use Only)

-Judging Tips
-Judge's Rating Sheet

Review general entry rules listed on the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Reflections webpage prior to working on your project.


San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs

CA PTA to find tips, detailed rules and the CA PTA store

National PTA to read more about the program and find the National PTA store

Melanie Wong,
Sep 12, 2018, 12:43 PM
Melanie Wong,
Jun 5, 2018, 1:15 PM