Field Elementary School


Can I submit more than one project?

Absolutely! Students may submit as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like.


Can I submit a project with a partner or team?

No. 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. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student's work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. See specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.


Can my parents help with my project?

See answer to question above.


Do I have to write an "artist's statement"?

Yes. This is required for each entry. Qualifying entries must include a project title and 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 10 words and not exceed 100 words.


What is the judging criteria for projects advancing to the next level?

1) Interpretation - How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement. (The artist statement -- which is part of the Entry Form -- is very important!)


2) Creativity - How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.


3) Technique - The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles / techniques of the arts area.

More about Reflections

The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by the National PTA. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in this annual program.


The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. A theme is given and students can submit work in one of the categories.  Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning is not the emphasis.


State of Illinois Reflections Website



2018-2019 PTA Reflections Program

Reflections Update - January 18, 2019


Congratulations to the following Field students who submitted entries for this year's Reflections program!


Photography: Luke McCarthy, Moxey Wehrle

Visual Arts: Katie Larrick, Henry Meade, Henry Amberg, Hugh Herter, Max Herter, Anaya Parikh, Gavin Stotts

Literature: Alexandra El Etr-Garofalo, Lily Peterson, Calvin Schulz, Maya Parikh, Brynn Richardson, Mora Meade, Harrison Hiffman, Elin Seiler

Dance Choreography: Moxey Wehrle

Film Production: Emma Barron 

Music Composition: Dylan Bennett


The following students entries advanced to the District level:

Henry Amberg, Emma Barron, Dylan Bennett, Alexandra El Etr-Garofalo, Max Herter, Harrison Hiffman, Katie Larrick, Luke McCarthy, Maya Parikh, Anaya Parikh, Lily Peterson, Brynn Richardson, Calvin Schulz, Elin Seiler, Gavin Stotts, Moxey Wehrle


Congratulations to the following student entries that have advanced to the Regional Level:

Emma Barron, Dylan Bennett, Alexandra El Etr-Garofalo, Luke McCarthy, Moxey Wehrle


Upcoming Reflections Celebrations:


Come see the creative work of our District 205 students. We are hosting an Elmhurst Reflections exhibit celebrating the accomplishments of our artists with the community.  Twenty one Field School artists competed in this years program. The exhibit is free and open to the public at the Judith B Salon, 463 N York St. We are kicking off our exhibit with an Opening Celebration on Friday, February 22nd 6:30-8:00pm.  Entries will be on display throughout the public space, musicians will play their pieces and dance and film videos will be on the big screen. 


If you cannot make it on February 22nd, don't worry!  You can still visit!   The display will be open from February 22 through March 30 during normal business hours. Questions?  Please contact Michelle Wehrle at

Reflections 2018-2019

2018-2019 Theme: "Heroes Around Me"


Encourage your child to participate!  This program will certainly unleash your child's artistic talents!  Entries from all grades and all abilities welcome.  Students choose the art category they're interested in!  There are six arts categories – dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Deadline for entries: Wednesday, November 14th

For details, contact: Michelle Wehrle at


Students may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted. It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home.  Once judged at the local level, the winners go on to the council and/or district judging. Those winners go to the Illinois PTA to receive recognition.


Select projects will advance from the state level to the National PTA level. The six arts areas are as follows:

There is also a Special Artist Division which is an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504 to have the opportunity and accommodations they may need in order to participate fully in the program.




2018-19 RULES

Please carefully read the rules for specific categories. Failure to submit a proper entry form or follow specific arts category rules could disqualify a project.


Each project submission must include an official entry form. Feel free to attach an extra sheet if more room is needed for the Artist Statement, etc.


Download the Field Entry Form (pdf)


November 14 – Projects due to Field office


Early December – Select entries advance to DuPage East Regional Level


Late January – Select entries advance to State Level


February - March – D205 projects on display at Judith B Salon


May  – State Level "SPOTLIGHT" Celebration at Milikin University - plus - Dupage East Regional Celebration