The 2018-2019 Theme is  "Look Within"

The annual PTA Reflections contest encourages artistic expression through a school-wide, regional, state, and national art competition. This program recognizes young artists in all grades for their creativity, artistic skills, and interpretation of the contest’s theme.

At Adams, we celebrate students for their creative explorations, expressions, and endeavors. All participating students will be recognized, and entries will be on display at school. Although this is a contest, our emphasis is on creation- not competition.

Submission Guidelines

Art Categories

Each student may submit one entry per art category. Most students only submit an entry in one or two categories. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: 


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

Literature Entry Packet

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

Music Entry Packet

  • Photography: color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure.

Photography Entry Packet

  • Visual Arts 2-D: drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage and printmaking. 

Visual Arts 2-D Entry Packet

  • Visual Arts 3-DArchitecture carpentry, ceramics, crafts, design, dioramas, fiber work, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, sculpture and wind chimes.

Visual Arts 3-D Entry Packet

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

Film Entry Packet

  • Choreography/Dance: originally choreographed dance composition. 

Dance Entry Packet

For additional information, visit

Special Artist Division

The National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Complete details are included in the Special Artist Rules.

Helpful Hints
  • Students’ works will be judged by grade divisions: Primary (k-2nd) & Intermediate (3rd-5th)

  • Every entry must include an artist statement that reflects the artist’s inspiration for the work and how it relates to the theme.

  • Judging criteria:

    • Artistic merit/creativity- 25%

    • Mastery of the medium- 25%

    • Interpretation of the theme- through artwork and artist statement- 50%

  • The student’s name shouldn’t appear on the front of the art. It won’t disqualify the entry, but we will have to cover the name.

  • DVD or USB drives are accepted for dance, film and music. We highly recommend using USB only. We’ve seen too many read errors with DVD’s and would hate for an entry to be disqualified because of it. 

  • For visual 2-D & 3-D art, the maximum size is 24”x30” with matting.

  • 3-D art entries must be submitted in the form of three photographs. 

  • Wrapping art is not required for submission. Mounting the art on mat board is suggested but not required.  Don’t let these things prevent your student from entering. 

  • If you need materials, contact 

Entry forms can also be picked up within the school office.


Entry Deadline:

Friday, October 25th

Additional information is available at here or contact our PTA Reflections Chair at 

Bell Time

Start 8:55 a.m. End 3:25 p.m.
Early Release Wednesday: 8:55 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Adams Elementary

6110 28th Ave. NW., Seattle, WA 98107 

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