Reflections Art Program


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The Reflections' Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. Students can use their creative talents to express themselves through original art work to submit to the competition. See last year's Grand Ridge Reflections entries in our online gallery.


Twelve Grand Ridge Elementary finalists can be chosen to advance to the Issaquah District level.


Entry Deadline: 4:00pm on Thursday, October 21

Drop off the artwork with entry form attached before the end of the school hours at the Grand Ridge Main Office. All Grand Ridge participants will be recognized for their contributions and twelve finalists will be selected to represent Grand Ridge at the Issaquah School District level.


The annual Reflections theme is created by a student and selected two years in advance through our annual theme search contest. The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By… submitted by Lydia Keel from Spanish Fork Junior High School PTSA in Utah.



Program Details

A student may submit up to two entries in one category and submit entries for all six categories if they are feeling very creative! Only original works of art are accepted. Please follow the specific guidelines for each art area. The six art areas are:

    • Literature -- works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.

    • Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words.

    • Photography -- prints have a maximum finished size of 18 x 24 inches in color or black and white, including techniques: photogram, retouched, montage, 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. A maximum finished size of 18x24 inches.

    • Film/Video -- original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.

    • Choreography/Dance -- originally choreographed dance composition

Official Entry Form

Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. Please submit artwork that adheres to the following rules and guidelines. 


Download Student Entry Form here 


Drop off by 4pm on October 21, 2021 in the Grand Ridge office. Each art project should be submitted with a completed entry form. Please take extra care when filling in the Title, Details, and Artist Statement portion.


Rules & Guidelines

To ensure your entry can move on to the higher levels please submit artwork that adheres to the following rules and guidelines. Click on the links below for detailed information.


Literature Rules

Music Composition Rules

Photography Rules

Visual Arts Rules

Film Production Rules

Dance Choreography Rule


Special Artists

The Special Artist Division is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines set forth in the American Disabilities Act. Qualifying students entering this division create their own artwork but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. At the national level, one Special Artist from across all arts categories will be selected to receive an Outstanding Interpretation Award. Up to five additional Special Artists may be selected to receive national Awards of Excellence. Find out more info here.


If you have any questions on the entry process, contact PTSA Reflections chair Shilpi Upadhyay ( 

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