Reflections Art Program 2016-2017

The REFLECTIONS Art Program has concluded for this year. Winning entries at the District PTA level are on their way to the State PTA. We are leaving this information on the web site for future reference and example. New due dates and information will be appearing in the late summer / fall of 2016. Thank you to all the volunteers who make this a successful program at the Council PTA level. Congratulations to all those who entered, especially those whose entries continued to the next levels of PTA.

2016-2017 Reflections theme: "What is Your Story…"

It is a nation-wide arts appreciation and recognition program for students sponsored by National PTA. To take part, student Reflections' entries at a school are first recognized, judged and celebrated by the local PTA unit. Some selected unit entries are then chosen to represent the PTA at the council and district PTA levels. Student artwork submitted to California State PTA by a district PTA will be considered for an Award of Excellence and an Award of Merit.

Students' Reflections Theme Search:
The Reflections Program annual theme search offers another great way for students to get involved in the Reflections Program, for more information click here.

Artwork submission to units
Usually due late October or early November. Each unit will set its own turn-in date, allowing time to collect, judge and acknowledge/award before submitting to Fremont Council.

Artwork submission to FCPTA:
Tuesday, November 15 at Irvington High School, Room 2 - 6:30-8:30pm

FCPTA Recognition event:
TBD (in December)

Guidelines for Reflections Committee
Reflections Program packets are distributed to PTA presidents in the Summer Service Mailing (July). There are specifications to meet with regards to dimensions, categories and materials allowed as well as some paperwork that needs to be filled out. Please make sure your contestants know and follow the guidelines. Entries without proper paperwork will be disqualified.



  • Promote program at unit level
  • Provide information to students/answer questions
  • Collect artwork/verify if guidelines have been followed
  • Recruit judges/insuring artwork is judged unanimously
  • Recognize and award all participants (methods: certificates, ribbons, assembly, display)
  • Submit Award of Excellence pieces to FCPTA (with appropriate paperwork)
  • Attend and assist with set up/clean up at the FCPTA Recognition event in December
  • Return artwork to students

Guidelines for Participants

Participation in the Reflections Program is open to all students in attendance at a PTA/PTSA school in good standing where the program is sponsored. Home-schooled students may participate if their home school PTA is participating in the program.

The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the unit, council, district, state and National PTA levels. Winning entries from units are advanced through PTA channels and are displayed at State and National Conventions.

A student can submit entry in all categories.
A student can submit more than one entry in a category.

The rules for the six categories are as follows:

Art Form Identification for Photography & Visual Arts -

The general participation rules are as follows:

Participation in the Reflections Program is organized by ‘Division’. This allows recognition and judging of artwork by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The five divisions are as follows:

  • Primary - Preschool - Grade 2 or up to age 7
  • Intermediate - Grades 3-5 or ages 8-10
  • Middle/Junior - Grades 6-8 or ages 11-13
  • Senior - Grades 9-12 or ages 14+
  • Special Artist

    This is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines in the American Disabilities Act. Qualifying students create their own artwork. But, they may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult.

Student Entry Form:
Paper form: Chairpersons should download this form from CA PTA and make a master copy with your local unit information completed before distributing to students. 

If your unit wishes to use the electronic form developed by FCPTA for student submission, please write to reflections.fcpta [at] for how to use this form.

Consent Form:
This form is required when a person, other than the student submitting the artwork, is recognizable in the entry in either image or voice.  For example: In a student's film, there are 2 actors in addition to the student, consent forms will be needed for the 2 actors.  A consent form will not be needed for the student who is submitting the artwork entry as his/her consent is included on the participation form. 


For more information:
For unit or council specific questions, please write to reflections.fcpta [at]

For general information, please visit
National PTA