Reflections Art Contest and SHOW


More information on 2024 Reflections HERE



2023 Guidelines:



Attention All Visual Arts, Photography, and Literature entries:


After you submit your child’s work online, please submit a hard copy of it to the Eastshore Front Office so that it can be displayed at an art show (date to be announced soon). All work will be returned by February 2024 unless it is selected to move up to the County and State levels.


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National PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. The 2023–2024 Reflections theme is I am Hopeful Because...  


There is also a Special Artist Division, an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or ADA.   


All entries will be accepted online in electronic/digital format only. 

(Please note that this year all entries must be submitted via this online form and must not exceed 1GB in file size.)


General rules are located here. For specific category rules, click the category names: 


Visual Arts Rules


Photography Rules


Literature Rules


Dance Choreography Rules


Film Production Rules


Music Composition Rules


Special Artist Division



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More information:


Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them 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 in school and in life.


Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.


Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades welcome). 


Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.


All artwork will be submitted digitally for the 2023-202school year. Once you are prepared to submit your child's artwork, please click below to fill out the entry form and upload the artwork. 

  • All entries must be new pieces of artwork inspired by this year's theme - I am Hopeful Because... 

  • No "recycled" entries from art class, dance recital, school assignment, previous Reflections entry, etc.

  • Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Art entries must all be submitted via this form and have to be less than 1GB in file size.

  • In prior years, the Visual Art works had a maximum dimensions requirements. This year, due to the digital submission, these requirements are lifted. 

  • Be prepared to have the physical entries available if your child advances to Irvine Council & 4th District.

  • If a student advances to 4th District we will need the parent to complete the online PDF form. 

  • A separate form needs to be submitted for each entry, if participating in more than one category.

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 Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round. 



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