2019-2020 Reflections Art


"Look Within"


The Reflections Program is a National PTA and WSPTA cultural arts competition. Students start by entering their local school competition with the chance to advance to the District, State and National competitions.  Reflections participation is also one of Puesta del Sol's Academic Challenge activities.  To participate:

  • Create An Original Work - 2019 Theme is: Look Within
  • Prepare the Entry - Review the rules to avoid being disqualified (Visual Arts- Purchase a Board and Sleeve)
  • Submit the Entry - Official Entry Form and Online Registration
  • Understand Judging Criteria - Review tips for crafting your artist statement
  • Attend Gallery Night /Awards - November 21, 2019 @ 6pm


Create an Original Work

The 2019-2020 theme is "LOOK WITHIN".  Enter in one or more of the following arts categories.  Puesta del Sol’s 2019 final deadline is Friday, November 15th. Be sure to review the specific artwork submission rules and guidelines outlined in the links below. 

Dance Choreography                  Photography
Film Production     Visual Arts
Literature     Special Artist
Music Composition        


Prepare the Entry

Entries must be the work of one student, be new, original and inspired by the theme. They should not be something created in a class or with the assistance of an adult.

Use the submission rules and requirements outlined on the following links:

Puesta del Sol PTA Reflections Checklist

The entry rules must be followed in order for the entry to be eligible for both the  Reflections competition and Academic Challenge credit. Entries not following the rules will be disqualified. This ensures that the spirit of both programs remains intact.

Entries not following the state rules will be disqualified. State rules can be found here:

Washington State PTA Reflections page

Submit the Entry

  1. Complete the Official Entry Form and place it in a page protector.
    • The top portion should show Puesta del Sol information. Complete from a laptop or desktop computer, mobile devices do not handle the entry form correctly.
    • Attach to the back of Visual and Photo entries.
    • Attach to a manila envelope containing a USB/DVD/CD with the Music, Film or Dance file or a copy of your Literature entry.
  1. Complete the Puesta del Sol Online Registration to generate judging sheets and ensure Academic Challenge credit. You may order board backing and a sleeve ($5) to assist with submission of entries in the Visual Arts category.
  2. Send email to [email protected]
    • Artist Statements not entered on the Online Registration
    • Literature, Film, Dance and Music files
  1. Label your entry on the back. No names on the front, cover sheets, title or credit screens. Reflections uses blind judging.
  2. Turn in the project and form to the office on Monday, November 11th for review.  Final due date is Friday, November 15thNo exceptions.

Understand Judging Criteria

Volunteer arts and education experts review submissions without knowledge of the entrants’ identity. These judges are from the community and are not associated with Puesta del Sol. Judges are instructed to look for personal interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill.

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

Remember that the Artist Statement is an important part of your entry. In your artist statement, tell    us about your work and what it means to you.

  • 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?


Twenty-five entries will be chosen as finalists and move on to the Bellevue PTSA Council competition. These winners will be announced by the end of November.

Helpful Links

Puesta del Sol PTA Reflections Checklist

Puesta del Sol PTA Online Reflections Registration 

Official Entry Form - NOTE: The top portion should show Puesta del Sol information. Complete from a laptop or desktop computer, mobile devices do not handle the entry form correctly.

Washington State PTA Reflections page

National PTA Reflections page


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