Due: Monday, October 7, 2019 or Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 8:30 am - 9:00 am in school cafeteria
Enter Parmalee PTA’s Reflections Art Contest. Students can create works of art reflecting this year’s theme, “Look Within”, in the following categories:
  • Visual Art (drawing, painting, collage & new this year – 3D artwork)
  • Photography
  • Literature 
  • Dance Choreography
  • Music Composition
  • Film Production
All entries will be displayed at Parmalee’s Art Show (date TBD). Winners will advance to the District Reflections Contest.
All rules and entry forms are available for download at the bottom of this web page. More information can also be found at: 



All children deserve the opportunity to be involved in the arts. The arts play a critical role in students’ success in school and beyond, enhancing their reading and language skills, mathematical skills, thinking skills, social skills, motivation to learn and positive school environment. The Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore the arts. The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It offers students the opportunity to earn local, state and even national recognition for original artwork they create in response to a specific theme. 

The themes for the 2019-20 school year is “Look Within". Students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts. Students who participate in the Reflections Program get an opportunity to explore the arts and culture, develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and recognize themselves as artists.



*Note: All forms and list of rules are available for download at the bottom of this web page.

1. Download and read the General Participation Rules at the bottom of this page.

2. Choose a category/categories to enter: 

            Dance Choreography                    Film/Video Production                Literature                

            Music Composition                        Photography                               Visual Arts                                    

3. Find the category rules that pertain to you at the bottom of the page. It is important to abide by the guidelines of each category. Failure to do so could result in disqualification from advancing to the next round.

4. Print and fill out the Entry Form. All entries must by accompanied by an Entry Form

a. Fill out all identifying information and sign the bottom of the form.

b. Students must title their work. “Untitled” is not acceptable.

c. Do not fill out the section titled LOCAL PTA INFO. Your PTA will do that.

d. All participants must fill out the required Artist Statement section on the form (min 10 words – max 100 words). The Artist Statement describes what inspired the student to create the work of art and how it relates to the theme. If the statement does not fit the space given, it may be written on a separate sheet or paper and attached.

e.  Answer the category questions in the back that pertain to you.

5. Create and have fun! For any questions, contact Meredith Bockmon at

6. Turn in your completed artwork along with the required forms at the Parmalee School Cafeteria on Monday, October 7, 2019 or Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 8:30 am - 9:00 am.



  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted. Each entry must be the original work of one student only.
  • Families can support their children’s participation by creating time and space for students to work on their entries, provide encouragement and needed materials, and supporting the Reflections program.
  • This program is age based and should be age appropriate. A student’s best work may include crooked lines or misspelled words. You may give them feedback—for example, showing them how to brainstorm or suggesting that they proofread their work. However, their final work should be a true reflection of their efforts.
  • Entries should represent the student’s unique creativity. Adults are welcome to encourage students but are not asked to assist in any way with their interpretation of the theme or artistic expression. 
  • Make sure that all submissions fit the category rules.
  • Other considerations:
Visual arts and Photography – Note size limitations and rules re: copyrighted materials.

Visual arts – New this year is inclusion of 3D artwork (ceramics, carpentry, architecture, etc.). Entries must include 3 photos of entry. See “Preparing Your Entries for Turn-In” below.

Dance – Choreography must by original. Dancing the same steps from a music video of the song is not considered original choreography. Please make your own dance.
Film – Although still images can be incorporated into a film piece, ALL still images must also be the work of the student. The student can not use PowerPoint or slideshow software to create their film.
  • Submissions will be judged by an expert in the category according to the following criteria:
50%  Interpretation of Theme – How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement
25%  Artistic Merit/Creativity – How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation
25%  Mastery of Medium – The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principle/techniques of the arts area
  • The top three students per age division per category will move on to the District (Jefferson County) Reflections Contest. 


Reflections pieces should come to the Parmalee lobby by the deadline date packaged in the following manner: 

Visual Arts and Photography: 

1) Mount the picture on a stiff backing (like cardboard).

2) In addition to the piece, 3D art submissions must include three photos of the entry (taken from different angles) mounted on stiff backing.

2) Print the Entry Form and place it in a plastic sheet protector. 

3) Secure the plastic sheet protector to the back of the mounted picture in such a way that the ring tab on the sheet protector sticks up over the top of the picture. Be sure that the overhanging tab is at the top of the picture. (This is crucial to being able to hang your piece at Red Rocks. See examples below.)






1) One copy of piece inserted into plastic sheet protector. 

2) Be sure the name, school, grade, and category show through on the back only. No names in front.

3) Turn in the signed Entry Form with literature piece in same plastic sheet protector.


Dance Choreography, Film/Video Production and Music Composition:

1) Record the entry onto one of the approved formats (CD/DVD or flash drive, see rules)

2) Write the student’s name, category, school and year and place into a plastic or cardboard sleeve.

3) Place inside a plastic sheet protector with a completed Entry Form.






Student Entry Form:

Student Packet including all rules and entry forms:

Preparing Pieces for Turn-in:

Create and have fun! For questions or suggestions, contact Meredith Bockmon at