The New Milford High School art department has been busy with a variety of activities.

Emerging artist

The Art Department selected junior Ashley Lian as the emerging artist of the month for December.

A chosen student must demonstrate high work ethic, ambition, skill and dedication to the art community.

Ashley's contributions in design foundations, ceramics and sculpture classes are represented in the art department display case.

Ashley was also the winner of the school-wide Program of Studies cover contest, sponsored by Cut, Paste & Copy.

Coffee house

Several classes recently held art shows at the school.

The studio art class held its fifth annual coffee house art display and poetry recitation in November.

Students wrote poems to accompany blind contour figure drawings and read them aloud with their artwork behind them.

Ceramics I classes displayed finished art projects in the Library Media Center.

The first show consisted of Chinese chops (lucky symbols and students' names in Mandarin), prints of the chops and tea bowls using the chops for decoration.

The second show featured goblets, including designs inspired by nature, outer space, machines, figures and food.

Selected for juried show

Ten exemplary ceramic creations of NMHS students have been selected to be juried into the National K12 Juried Exhibition.

The show will be held at the annual conference of the National Council on the Education of Ceramics Arts (NCECA) in March in Seattle.

Holiday participation

Ceramics teachers and potters Annette Marcus and Paula Marian participated in two group holiday art shows with the Connecticut Clay Artists.

Shows were held in early December in Ridgefield and Newtown.

Donations for a cause

Art students recently donated handmade works of art to be sold at the annual holiday sale in the front rotunda during the first week of December.

Items sold included mugs, teapots and other pottery, greeting cards, silk scarves, fine art pins and new this year, holiday tree ornaments of exotic animals from around the world.

Proceeds were donated to the Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House.

Philosophical Fridays

The AP art history students have welcomed back Philosophical Fridays.

One Friday a month, the students and teacher put aside the study of dates and vocabulary to discuss artist's philosophies about life and art making, art theory, ethnicity and spiritual energy.

The classroom becomes a "hip" cafe, complete with tea, dessert and sharing.