2017-2018 Reflections Theme:  Within Reach


Reflections Program Overview

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

Entries are due Friday, OCTOBER 27th by 3:30 p.m.

Reflections Reception is Tuesday, NOVEMBER 8th at 6:00 – 7:30p.m. in the Bobcat Cafe

Issaquah School District Reception is Tuesday, January 9th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the IHS commons

Click here for a Student Entry Form and see rules below.


 Program Details

Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. 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 (or your submission may be disqualified for consideration).


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 here to find out more information or the links below:

Literature Rules

Music Composition Rules

Photography Rules

Visual Arts Rules 2D

Visual Arts Rules 3D

Film Production Rules

Dance Choreography Rules


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.


For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Cougar Ridge PTSA Reflections Chair:

Jennifer Gore