• Deadline - Wed., October 20, 2021

    Collection window for entries is MONDAY OCTOBER 18 - WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20

    Please do not turn in your entries until October 18. Entries will be collected in the library.

    Lisa J. Mails Students Get Their Creative Juices Flowing!

    “I Will Change the World By…”

    That’s the theme for the 2021-22 Reflections Art Program, which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

    Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

    • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
    • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
    • Experience the fun and joy of making art
    • Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
    • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.


    Click here to see the California winners of the 2020-2021 Reflections Art Program.

    To participate

    Download and complete the Student Entry Form in the Student Entry Packet.

    This program is open to all students grades K-5. If you would like to create something for Reflections, please review the guidelines/rules for the category you are interested in. You may do more than one category. 

    Helpful checklist for participants:

    1. Know the theme - "I will change the world by..." - all entries have to relate to this theme. Winning entries clearly relate to the theme.
    2. Decide which of the six categories you want to do. You may do more than one!
    3. Read the rules/guidelines for the category you wish to participate in (at right)
    4. Come up with your idea and what supplies you need. 
    5. Go make your project! Take your time and do your best work. You will be competing with students at our school and the winners will move to the next level. Do Your Best!
    6. Fill out your entry form - and pay special attention to the artist statement.
    7. Hold on to your entry until the collection days - October 18-20.
    8. Turn your entry in with the entry form attached. (Do not put your name on the front of your artwork/literature/photo)

    Art Workshops

    Mrs. Wallace will host a few workshops at strategic intervals to help students who are interested. These workshops will give students a chance to create, ask questions and get guidance. Annoucements and dates will be communicated in the Weekend Monarch newsletter so keep your eyes open!


    This program is sponsored by National PTA and is open to all grade levels (PreK-5) in six (6) categories shown below.

    All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

    • Dance Choreography
    • Literature
    • Photography
    • Film Production
    • Music Composition
    • Visual Arts

    Artworks are submitted first to school-level PTAs, where they are first recognized, celebrated and judged by five grade-level divisions, while a non-judged Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs. School PTAs then choose a selection of entries to be judged by local PTA units, which are then sent on to councils and then districts for consideration. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

  • Reflections Art Workshop

    Students who are participating in Reflections are invited to one of two workshops hosted by Mrs. Wallace.

    • Questions and Answers about Reflections, art supplies, techniques, ideas
    • Get student entry form and rules
    • Start on your project – basic art supplies will be available (drawing paper, colored pencils, crayons, markers)
    • Students may bring their own art supplies (watercolor, watercolor paper, etc.)
    • TWO SESSIONS – PLEASE CHOOSE ONE: Wednesdays After School on 9/22 and 9/29 from 1:45-2:30pm in the LIBRARY

    Reflections projects are due October 20, 2021. Turn in your project Oct. 18-20. Student entry forms are available on the school website, the office and library. Please see official rules for the specific category your child wants to participate in – Reflections Art Program.


    Please review the general rules and fill out the entry form in the Student Packet to include with your entry. Also see category-specific guidelines below.


Download the complete rules for the category you are entering:

Want your art to be selected?

  • Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

    • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
    • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
    • Experience the fun and joy of making art
    • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
    • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

    Winning entries selected from our school are submitted to Murrieta Valley Council PTA, then winners go to district, then move on to State level, then to national level.

    Students wishing to be selected to move on to the next level should consider the criteria below. 

    Student entries submitted to the national level go through two rounds of review by esteemed arts professionals across the country. During the evaluation process, judges will consider the following criteria:

    1. Interpretation: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the work itself and the artist statement. 
    2. Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation. 
    3. Technique: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

    Judges strongly consider the interpretation of the Reflections theme during the evaluation process. It is suggested that students give their submissions a title that stands out and describes how the piece relates to the student’s personal interpretation of the theme.

    The following guiding questions can be useful when developing a title and artist statement: 

    • How does your work relate to the theme?
    • What is your personal connection to the theme?
    • What did you use to create your work (e.g., supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)
    • What/who was your inspiration?
Last Modified on September 17, 2021