Reflections 2016

Enter the 2016 Reflections Art Competition

{Download and print your entry form:

Reflections Entry Form (in English; in Spanish)}


How to start and to enter:

  1. Think about this year’s PTA Reflections Art Competition theme “What is your story?”
  2. Think about how art can tell your story. Is it through Music? Dance? Painting/drawing/sculpture? Writing? Directing & filming? Photography?
  3. Read the general 2016 Reflections art competition rules and the rules for the art category that interests you (below) and get your materials ready.
  4. Turn on your imaginations and start creating your original artwork!
    1.  How to jumpstart ideas: start with a line or a shape on a blank piece of art paper, or a musical note or a spin on your tippy toes, or a brush of paint or gluing a few scraps of paper together.
    2. Start somewhere – anywhere and let your own imagination take it from there.
  5. Work and finish your original artwork at home, write your name on the back of your work and fill out your entry form. Remember to put some thought into your artist statement on your entry form. It communicates to the judges what inspired your work and how it relates to the theme “What is your story?”
  6. Submit your completed artwork with your entry form to the front office by Friday, October 21, 2016.

All Charles Barrett artists will be celebrated. Winners will be announced in early November and move to the city competition for a chance to compete at the city, district, state and national level. Email Kate , Casey or Sandy, with questions or go to


Reflections Art Competition 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. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. See the specific Arts Category 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 one sentence, but may not exceed 100 words.

2016-2017 Official Rules (English)
2016-2017 Official Rules (Spanish)
2016-2017 Special Artist Rules


  • Dance Choreography. Accepted styles include solo/ensemble include: ballet, contemporary, ethnic and folk, hip hop, jazz and tap. Choreographer may be the perfomer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be. Video recording must not exceed 5 mintues and must be less than 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats include: AVI, Quicktime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media (.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v).

    2016-2017 Dance Rules

  • Film Production. Accepted forms include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or a media presentation (PowerPoint is prohibited). Entrant must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person including all storyboarding and editing. Video recording must not exceed 5 minutes and must be less than 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats include: AVI, Quicktime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media (.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v).

    2016-2017 Film Rules

  • Literature. Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, drama (screen play and play script), reflective essay, narrative, and short story. Entry must not exceed 2,000 words and must be handwritten or typed; one side only. Students for whom English is not their first language may submit literature entries in their own langauge. An interpretive translation in English must accompany the entry. Accepted formats include: Single-sided print on 8 ½ x 11 paper, or PDF (.pdf) file format.

    2016-2017 Literature Rules

  • Music Composition. All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Copyrighted material is prohibited. The composer may be the perfomer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be a performer. Notation, score or tabulature is required for middle and high school division. Audio recording must not exceed 5 minutes. Accepted file formats include: MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) and FLAC formats. Music videos are not accepted.

    2016-2017 Music Rules

  • Photography. Accepted forms of photography include: A single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one seamless print of multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted. Entrant must be the one to take the photograph. Must be mounted or matted on cardboard matte, poster board, or other sturdy material. Accepted formats include: Matted print, or high resolution digital photo (.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp).

    2016-2017 Photography Rules

  • Visual Arts. Accepted forms include: Architecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, crafts, design, dioramas, drawing, fiber work, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wind chimes. Framed entries not accepted. Paper entries must be mounted on sturdy material and 3D works must include packaging materials and 3 high resolution photos of the entry for judging and ID purposes.

    2016-2017 Visual Art Rules