Arts in Education

Hello Arts in Education Chairs!


Welcome to the 2018-19 50th Anniversary PTA Reflections Art Contest!

Reflections Checklist

Here’s a handy checklist of Reflections things to do in August/September:

  • Set a date for your local PTA Reflections Contest deadline.
    • Leave time for your judging and recognition events as well as preparing your top 20% to be delivered to Council PTA by December 7. You will not get this artwork back until the March or April Council Meetings (or June+ if they get promoted to the state competition).
  • Put up posters and distribute flyers
  • Decide on some prizes, ribbons, or other recognition for artists.
  • Schedule an awards event or display to recognize the artistic contributions of your students. Remember to CELEBRATE ALL artistic creations even the ones that don’t win a prize.
  • Plan to attend a Council Reflections Training/Round-table. RSVP will be out soon.
  • You may click here and register with National PTA if you wish but you don’t have to. Last year they sent a poster to campuses that registered.
  • Check that your Local PTA is in good standing and has completed their tax forms and Bylaws updates. PTAs not in good standing with Texas PTA are not able to participate in Reflections.

Important Calendar Dates

Friday December 7, 2018
  • The date you need to submit continuing entries to Council. We will be available for drop-off from 10am-6pm. We hope that the extended hours will make it easier for those who are full-time employees, but you can send anyone you trust to drop off your student’s artwork. **You will only send on your campus’s top 20% of entries in each category–just the Awards of Excellence** Please recognize the creative contributions of all artists at your campus.
April 11, 2019
  • The Council Awards Ceremony. Artwork that receives an award of Honorable Mention, Award of Merit, or Award of Excellence from the Council level of judging will be recognized at this awards ceremony. Participation ribbons will be available for pick-up at the Council Meetings along with your artwork.

Reflections Ideas for your campus

To spark your creative ideas, these are some ways other schools have done PTA Reflections:
  • A Spirit Monkey Spirit Stick could be used for participation prizes.
  • A kick-off event
    • A Reflections Spirit Night at a local restaurant with all the proceeds funding your local prizes
    • A Family Art Night  celebrating creativity and introducing the forms of art accepted in the art contest: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, Film, and Special Artist. You can have a local photographer giving tips about framing, get high school volunteers to teach dance, set up some play dough and invite parents to download stop motion software onto their home devices, etcetera.
  • Have a poster and flyers in the classroom for meet the teacher night.
  • Have an activity station at your back to school night or kick-off night!
    • set up some crayons and have a coloring contest.
    • set out some random objects that might represent heroes and let kids take still-life photos with their phones
    • Have a photo-op with a frame that says “My Hero”
    • Ask the computers teacher to show parents the software students can use on school computers to create movies.
  • At the staff lunch before school starts, present the theme to the teachers and encourage them to have “early finishers” work on their projects in class.
  • Provide a laminated flyer or two that teachers can use as a “station” during rotations.
  • Meet with your campus art teacher and encourage them to practice writing Artist’s Statements for the work they do in class.
  • “Write about your heroes” is a great prompt for ELA teachers to free-write during class.
  • Meet with the Special Education Team and encourage them to enter students in the Special Artist category.


Join our Facebook Reflections Group: NISD PTA Reflections and Arts in Education

Join our Remind: @nisdptaart

National PTA has posters, images, and a short film as part of the National PTA Reflections toolkit at National PTA Reflections

Texas PTA rules, images and posters are available here Texas Reflections Program

Student Entry Forms are available here Entry Forms

Shaleen from Round Rock ISD has some great resources available here Round Rock Reflections Resource