Reflections is a national, PTA-sponsored program that encourages students to creatively express themselves through art. Each year, millions of elementary, middle and high school students across the nation enter artistic work in six categories: dance choreography, film productions, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

Local PTAs accept submissions from students and the top scoring entries in each category advance to the regional PTA contest. For Clayton, our top entries will go to the Austin Council of PTAs, then on to the Texas-wide competition, and finally on to the nationwide competition. For more information on the general program, please click here.

Students may enter the Reflections® program in the appropriate division for their grade.

Primary: Preschool – Grade 2

Intermediate: Grades 3-5

Special Artist: All grades welcome (for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504; please refer to the Special Artist rules online for more information).  For more information, please contact Kimberly De La Garza at



2020-2021 Theme

The Reflections theme is chosen from thousands of ideas submitted by students across the country.

This year's theme is "I Matter Because."

In the judging process, great weight is put on Interpretation of the Theme - how closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.  

More points are awarded to those entries that most closely relate to the theme, “I Matter Because”.

Reflections at Clayton; How your Cardinals can participate!

At Clayton, the Reflection Program kicks off in October!  We would love for all our Cardinals to participate and share their unique art with others.  Please read the following information for participation in PTA Art Reflections at Clayton.


Step 1: Select a category!

There are 6 categories to select from: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography & visual arts.  A review of the six category descriptions and rules for submissions here.

Step 2: Entry Form(s)!

Students or parents need to complete an entry form for EACH piece of work submitted.  Submission forms are online; you can access the form here.

Step 3: Submit Artwork and Forms!

Students can submit their artwork and entry form(s) to the Reflections Committee by email at We must receive all entries by DECEMBER 1.

Judging: The Reflections committee is actively inviting local artists to participate in the review of the artwork. Entries are evaluated based on interpretation of the theme and artistic, creative, and technical merit. While all of the entries certainly will be masterpieces, the top three in each category will advance to the regional competition.  If you are interested in being a judge, please contact Kimberly De La Garza at


For more questions or more information, please contact Kimberly De La Garza at