Reflections Celebrates Student Artists

The Reflections Program encourages and celebrates students artists.  This year, students will be reflecting on the theme “Heroes Around Me” to develop a piece of art.  The program will be overseen by Grady Art Teacher, Ms. Debonique Grigsby, but the art work will be completed at home by students and submitted in art class.  The art should be two-dimensional and be on paper or another surface that measures at least 11" by 14" with a maximum size of  24" by 30" with mounting. There will be a professionally-judged art contest at the end of the program, complete with ribbons for the top three art pieces in each grade and an awards party that will double as an ice-cream social.  

Here are the important program dates: 

Deadline for submission of art:  October 17, 2018 in Ms. Grigsby's art room. Please submit your art with an entry form, copies of which are in Ms. Grigsby's classroom.  

Professional Judging conducted by art judge not connected to Grady Elementary:  the week of October 22, 2018

Awards ceremony & celebration will be in November 8, 2018

To see pictures of the 2018 Art Work, please click here 2018 Reflections Art Work.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] 

Exact rules from Reflections Program Guide for Visual Arts Contest: Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material with dimensions no smaller than 11x14 inches and no larger than 24x30 inches with mounting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission. *3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes. Optional for 2D, but preferred: entry uploaded at


Official Rules: 

By submitting an artwork to the “National PTA Reflections Program,” entrants accept and agree to be bound by the official rules for participation as well as the entry requirements for their specific arts category and division. Additional state program requirements may apply. Any violation of these rules may, at PTA’s discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of the reviewers regarding this program are final and binding in all respects. (The “PTA” referred to in these rules include all PTAs reviewing the submission).
1. ELIGIBILITY. Students must participate through a local PTA/PTSA. Each student’s eligibility is determined by the state and local PTA/PTSA. A student may develop an entry inside or outside of school.
2. ARTS CATEGORIES. There are six arts categories—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the National PTA Reflections Program in one or more arts categories. See each arts category rules for additional entry requirements.
3. GRADE DIVISIONS. Students may enter in the appropriate division for their grade (Primary: Preschool-Grade 2; Intermediate: Grades 3-5; Middle School: Grades 6-8; High School: Grades 9-12; Special Artist: All grades welcome). See Special Artist Division rules for entry requirements.
4. HOW TO ENTER. Entrants must submit their artwork and student entry form to their local PTA/PTSA program according to local, county and state PTA procedures. Entrants must follow requirements and instructions specific to each arts category and division. Contact your local PTA program for deadlines and additional information.
5. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS. (All participants must also follow arts category and if applicable, Special Artist Division rules)
• Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the current year’s theme may be submitted.
• Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. See the specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.
• Each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.
• Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for background music in dance choreography and film production entries. If used in dance choreography and film production entries, background music must be cited on the entry form. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified. Use of PowerPoint templates are prohibited.
6. FINALIST SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION. Entries are reviewed at local, county, state and national levels. Each PTA determines its own reviewers for the program. Entries will be reviewed primarily on how well the student uses their artistic vision to portray the theme, their originality and creativity. The National PTA Reflections® program makes no restrictions on content or subject matter in artwork. Under no condition may parents or students contact a reviewer to dispute the status/score of any entry. Each PTA in its sole discretion will select finalists for exhibition and provide awards/prizes. Awards are announced per local and county procedures. Florida PTA awards are announced March 31. National awards and events are announced May 1 at
7. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE. Ownership in any submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this program constitutes entrant’s irrevocable permission and consent that PTA may display, copy, reproduce, enhance, print, sublicense, publish, distribute and create derivative works for PTA purposes. PTA is not responsible for lost or damaged entries. Submission of entry into the PTA Reflections program constitutes acceptance of all rules and conditions.
8. PARTICIPATING ENTITIES. This program is administered by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and PTA affiliates. Parent groups not affiliated with National PTA are not eligible to sponsor this program.