2019-2020 Reflections Winners! 

Music Composition - Claire Naranjo
Music Composition -Teddy Behrman
Dance Composition - Anabelle Villefranche
Literature - Olivia Powers
Literature - Cate Villanueva
Literature - Natasha Venuti
Visual Arts - Skylar Thomas
Visual Arts - Shreya Ram
Visual Arts - Nicole Miller
Visual Arts - Abby McLaughlin
Visual Arts - Brendan Miller
Their submissions will move on to compete at the county level and those winners will be announced in January. Thank you to those who participated this year! We have such great talent and creativity at Garrison Mill!







2019-2020 Reflections Competition

Look Within


Garrison Mill students, the PTA would love for you to Look Within and express yourselves as part of the yearly Reflections competition. It’s a great time and opportunity for students to:


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


This year’s entry deadline will be Monday, October 14th - entries will be collected in the lobby at Garrison Mill.


Please read more about the categories below and review the details on how to submit your entry.


If you have any questions, you can contact our Reflections chairperson Katie Beam at



This is your chance to express who you are as an individual through one or more of the following categories:


Dance Choreography:Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles accepted. Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer or one of the performers. If background music is used, cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 minutes and 1GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4 See Dance Choreography Reflection Rules.


Film Production:Accepted short film styles include: animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer. If background music is used cite it on the entry form. Video file must not exceed 5 minutes and 1 GB in size. Accepted formats: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4 See Film Production Reflection Rules.


Literature:Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: single-sided print on 8 ½” x 11” paper, PDF file. See Literature Reflection Rules.


Music Composition:All music styles and combinations of instrumentation are accepted. Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer or one of the performers. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Audio file must not exceed 5 minutes or 1GB in size. Accepted formations: MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC. Notation (score/tabulator) in PDF format is only required for middle and high school divisions. See Music Composition Reflection Rules.


Photography:Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposer, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: mounted on a mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG. See Photography Reflection Rules.


Visual Arts:Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawings, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting and must not exceed 3/8thof an inch in thickness. Do not use a standard thickness canvas. All artworks on standard canvases will not be remounted in order to comply with the guidelines. Framed entries are not accepted. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes. See Visual Arts Reflection Rules.


Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. The Special Artist Division welcomes all grades and all abilities and offers non-artistic accommodations (e.g. adaptive technology; transcribing; holding a camera) for students to participate fully in PTA Reflections. Student assistants must refrain from being involved in the artistic process (e.g. developing an artist statement, choreography, music, lyrics, storyboards, etc.) Student recognition and awards are announced as part of the Special Artist Division. See Special Artist Division Rules.




Follow program rules provided by your state PTA and consider the following criteria.


Review Criteria

  • Interpretation: How clearly 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.




Follow your school’s PTA deadlines and instructions on how to enter. Guidelines and forms will be provided by our state PTA.

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?


Use the Avoiding Common Mistakes Checklist to ensure your entry is ready for submission!



Be considered for local, regional, state and national level awards and prizes. Learn more about state-level and national-level awards and events.




2019-2020 PTA Reflections Entry Form

Consent Form (required for entries which feature a person’s image or voice)

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