National PTSA Reflections Info - Look Within - 2019

Hi Roland Park Friends!

I created this post to provide information and examples on the Reflections Program!

First - an overview (can also be found here)

“National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students 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.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their district, region, council and state PTA programs to the national level.”


Roland Park K-8 Info!

We are accepting works of art through October 18th in the main office. Some works of art need to be brought in, while others can be emailed to me, Maggie at

Along with the actual piece, a submission form needs to be completed. This is key as the artist must write an artist statement which helps the judges understand the artwork. The forms are uploaded to dropbox here. If you have any issues, please email me for the forms, Maggie at!

A little about each art category (see below this section for a few examples from last year). These are high level requirements - please read full requirements when a category is selected!

Visual Arts: 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.

Literature: Handwritten or typed. Not to exceed 2000 words. Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative, and short story.

Dance Choreography: Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers.

Film Production: Video file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of PowerPoint is prohibited.

Music Composition: Audio file must not exceed 5 min. and 1 GB in size. All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer, or one of the performers.

Photography: Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Can submit print or digital image.


2018 Theme: Heroes Around Us. Some examples of Roland Park student submissions.

Literature Submission. A very special poem.

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A 3D sculpture submission:


A film submission!