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

Joining forces

The school's art and music departments have teamed up under the stewardship of Paula Marian.

News from the art/music department will now include details about both departments.

In music news, Carol Kelley, NMHS' part-time design foundations teacher, has joined the faculty of Schaghticoke Middle School.

Building relationships

The art department continues to encourage relationships with post-secondary art institutions.

In September, the New Hampshire Institute of Art gave a presentation to studio art students.

Students saw artwork by NHIA students and faculty, familiarized themselves with the campus and the programs, asked questions and had an informal portfolio critique.

A representative of Monserrat College of Art visited NMHS' art department Oct. 29.

Masks

Sculpture students, under the guidance of Kristi Soucie, created guardian masks and balsa wood sculptures.

Each group of sculptures was displayed in the showcases outside the Library Media Center.

Emerging artist

Junior Kristina Trenck was recently chosen as an emerging artist and, as such, selected to display an exhibit of her work.

The award is given to honor art students who have consistently demonstrated ambition, technical skill, expression of original concepts and craftsmanship, as well as a dedication to the art community.

Clay art

Mrs. Marian recently organized and took part in the 13th annual Connecticut Clay Artist show at the Jewish Community Center in Sherman.

Art education

Fellow teacher Annette Marcus and Mrs. Soucie recently attended a Connecticut Art Educators Association conference, "Art as the Solution."

Topics of special interest were postcard design/creation, art educators as facilitators of transformative thinking and shamanic journeys to promote creative expression.

Dalai Lama visit

Mrs. Marcus recently attended a talk given by the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet.

Inspired by a Compassion mandala created by monks at the Buddhist Center in Redding to honor the Dalai Lama's historic visit, Mrs. Marcus has plans to lead her crafts class to design personal mandalas.

Upcoming events

A holiday art sale will take place Dec. 6 from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school.

Proceeds will benefit Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House.

The NMHS marching band and color guard will participate Nov. 3 in the USBands New England states championships at Kennedy Stadium in Bridgeport and Nov. 10 in the the USBands national championships in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The two groups will also travel to Orlando, Fla., in December for performances at Universal Studios and EPCOT in Walt Disney World.

A wreath fundraiser will help students pay for trip expenses.

All wreaths are fully decorated and are only about five days old at the time of delivery. They may be purchased in three sizes: 28 inches for $16, 36 inches for $32 and 46 inches for $55.

For more information or to place an order, email David Syzdek at syzdekd@newmilfordps.org by Nov. 12.

All-school musical

Bob Keck has announced this year's all-school musical will be Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel."

Auditions will be conducted in December; the play will be staged in March.

Chorus concert

The next chorus concert will be held Dec. 12.

Cut, Paste & Copy

CPC has begun its 21st year.

Students recently practiced listening, oral presentation and writing skills through interviews of and reports on their colleagues.

These are employability skills that benefit CPC students in the real world.

Each Friday, CPC holds a status meeting when students report on client and personal jobs, do Room Zoom (computer and room maintenance), keep a record of their progress in a personal logbook and give reports from the online graphic design magazine Before and After (B & A).

CPC recently received a SMART board.

Students have created personal parent open house invitations and CPC's badge.

A huge part of the graphic design company is learning to make and receive critiques to improve designs.

Each student will print a CPC-designed T-shirt that matches the theme of CPC's badge at Full Circle Promotions, which will provide a job shadow this month.

A group of CPC members is working with the NAMES Committee to design a NAMES logo, logo type, T-shirt, posters and slogan with a puzzle-piece theme.

CPC recently designed business cards for the Hill and Plain School principal and vice principal.

Plans are under way for the CPC Advisory Board breakfast, which will take place mid-November in the NMHS staff lounge.