National PTA Reflections Arts Program

Reflections is a National PTA art in education program. The program was started in 1969 and is the largest arts in education program of its kind in the United States. Students have the opportunity to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works created around a theme. Reflections is not “just an art contest.”  It helps kids take risks, be inspired, think creatively and be celebrated for their creativity and work. Studies have shown there is a positive relationship between the arts and wellbeing. Get more information about Reflections Art Program (

22-23-Reflections-Student-Packet(1)Student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. Please carefully read and follow the rules for your category!!   All artists must follow the rules of participation. Rules for each category are linked below. 

The six art areas are:

  • Choreography/Dance - originally choreographed dance composition.
  • Film/Video - original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
  • Literature – works 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 - drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
  • Special Artist Elementary 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).

Participation is organized by student age and grade levels. The grade division for Clara Barton Elementary School is K-2nd & 3rd-5th.

How to Participate

Step 1 – CAREFULLY read the rules and guidelines for your specific art area (see links in Categories and Divisions section) or visit  There are size requirements for visual art and photography and word counts for literacy.  Dance, music and film production have specific ways to save and submit your file. Read the rules and guidelines carefully!

*Note: According to the guidance from Lake Washington PTSA Council, we do not accept 3-D artwork for the 2022-2023 Reflections program.

Step 2 – Electronically submit student's art work together with completed & signed 2022-2023 Reflections Entry Form to  by October 20th 2022.

Step 3 – Please save your original art, if your art is selected for the State Level Reflection program, we have to submit the original one.


2021-22 Artist Showcase: Clara Barton Reflections Entries

I will change the world graphic with blue and green earth line art drawing

2020-21 Artist Showcase: Clara Barton Reflections Finalists


Reflections theme "I matter beccause..."
Reflections drawing entry of a space scene with girl and imagined space astronaut. Black starry background with planet earth

"The Future in my Head- My Dream": The astronaut you see is the very same girl I look at every day and every night in my sweet & beautiful dreams. I decided to draw her as its a reflection of my future... I believe possibilities are endless and hence I matter!! 

Gaurangi G., grade 5

reflections lynnha-visual_art

"Love Matters": My artwork for the theme "I Matter Because" is made from crochet. The doll in the middle represents me. The pink heart represents that I have a working heart and feelings. The Pencil presents that I know a lot of things and have a brain. It also shows that I have more to learn in the future. The stick figures represent my friends and family - the orange ones are my family, and the pink ones are my best friends. It shows that they care for me and love me. I matter because I'm surrounded by people who love me and things that I love.

Lynn H., grade 5

Questions? Email the PTSA Reflections Chair at