National PTA Reflections Art Contest 2017-2018


  “Within Reach”


 Entry Deadline:  November 2, 2017


Every child is a potential artist, dancer, writer, photographer, film director or musical composer.  Kids just need a chance to try a variety of art forms to see where they shine. The National PTA Reflections art contest provides that opportunity by giving kids a theme they can think about and six different areas of art they can explore. 


Reflections Art Categories

2D Visual Art

Painting, Drawing, Collage

Click here for Visual Art rules


Stories, poems, essays

Click here for Literature Rules


Click here for Photography rules

Music composition

Click here for Music rules

 Film Production

Click here for Film rules

Dance Choreography

Click here for Dance rules

There is also a Special Artist category for students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet the American with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Each category is divided into two divisions: Primary (K-2nd grades) and Intermediate (3rd – 5th grades). Entries can advance from the local level to district, state, and National levels.

Entries will be displayed at Enatai in November. 

The work students create for the Reflections Art Contest is truly inspiring.  You can see the 2016-2017 National PTA Reflections winners here: 2016-17 National Reflections Gallery. 


How to Participate

  1. Decide what type of art you want to create. You can enter more than one category, so if you want to paint a picture AND write a story, go for it! 
  2. Think about this year’s theme, “Within Reach” and how you will express the theme in your art. When judges look at your work, the most important thing they will consider is how well it connects to the theme!
  3. Read the General Participation Rules AND the Category Rules for the individual art category you have chosen. Rules can be found in the blue hanging folder or online using the link below. Please note that the size limit for 2D Visual Art entries (including matting) has been increased this year to 24" x 30" and must not exceed 1/2" thickness.  The size limit for Photography entries has been decreased to 8" x 10" before matting and 11" x 14" with matting.
  4. Create your Art!!
  5. Complete an entry form. The 2017-2018 Entry Form can be found in the Academic Adventure kiosk near the STEM classroom or online using the link below.  The Entry Form must be signed by both a parent and the student, and attached to the artwork.
  6. Turn in your art, along with a completed Entry Form, to the Reflections station in the Library by Thursday, November 2, 2017.


Entry Form for Enatai Reflections 2017-18



Questions? Email


Reflections counts toward your Enatai Eagle Academic Adventure! 


Please note: at the school level you are not required to mount Visual Arts and Photography entries on sturdy foam or matt board.  However we encourage you to do so because 1) it helps protect the artwork and 2) before work will be sent on to the Bellevue district level, it must be mounted and covered in a protective sleeve.