Reflections Art Contest 2023-2024

National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

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.

Participation is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions for Arrowhead are:

  • Primary: Pre-school – Grade 2
  • Intermediate: Grades 3 – 5
  • Elementary Special Artist: K–5 (details/rules)

How to Enter

Students may enter as many categories as they would like. Arrowhead will be submitting 20 general entries and 6 additional special category entries. Printed packets will be available in the Arrowhead main office. You can also use one of these digital versions. Digital entries should be submitted to

The deadline for the 2023 contest was at the end of November. Stay tuned for results!

Categories and Divisions

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories:

  • Literature – works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
  • Music Composition – original musical composition, with or without words.
  • Photography: color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative 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.
  • Film/Video: original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
  • Choreography/Dance: originally choreographed dance composition.

For questions, contact

Learn more about the reflections program

2023-2024 Call for Entries video
What is the Reflections program?