Reflections Art Contest


PTA Reflections is a national arts contest that encourages students from Pre-K through 12th grade to explore the arts and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Each year, MVCS students are encouraged to participate in this celebration of our students’ artistry and achievement in the arts. We are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Reflections Contest. This year’s theme: “Heroes Around Me”/”Héroes a Mi Alrededor”

Prizes will be awarded at the school, city, Northern Virginia and state levels. MVCS students can participate in the Primary (pre K-grade 2) and Intermediate (grades 3-5) and Special Artist  contest divisions.

Important Dates

  • “Reflections Night” is Friday October 19, 2018 at MVCS at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Contest entries are due Monday October 22, 2018

What is the Reflections Art Contest?

The Reflections contest is part of the National PTA arts recognition program for individual students to create art based on common theme. There are six categories (click on each to learn more):

MVCS students can create work for the contest:

  • At home
  • At school
  • At Reflections Night (to be held October 19, 2018)

What is “Reflections Night”?

Reflections Night is a fun, art-filled evening during which students are invited to create new art and/or complete works already in progress.  Volunteers will be available to help students record dance and musical pieces for entry. Art and writing supplies will be on hand to add that finishing touch to works of art started elsewhere or to fill a “blank canvas.”

Reflections Night will be held at MVCS on October 19th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

How to Enter

Students can enter multiple times in one or more categories. Each entry must be the creative work of a single student (no group entries allowed); however, others can participate in the performance of the work.

Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form, including the artist statement explaining how the work is related to the theme: “Heroes Around Me”/”Héroes a Mi Alrededor.”

Download and complete an MVCS entry form: EnglishEspañol Entry forms and rules can also be found in the school lobby near the Alexandria Book Shelf.

Entries may be submitted at Reflections Night or placed in the plastic Reflections box in the school lobby at any time before the deadline. The submission deadline is October 22, 2018.

PTA Reflections Rules For Students

General Participation Rules: English | Español
Special Artists Division Rules: English


Contest entries are judged using National PTA guidelines. Professionals with no affiliation to MVCS conduct blind judging in all seven categories. Judges follow the National PTA Rubric, requiring Interpretation of Theme to factor as half the total score, based on the artwork itself and artist statement. Creativity and Technique make up the other half.

Questions? Email Clese Erikson at

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