Every year Norwalk High School's annual art show brings together a unique gallery of student works displayed in its library.
Students, alumni and teachers Wednesday night browsed though dozens of ceramics, paintings, photographs, and drawings including one inspired from the school's latest play, Hairspray.
"During the matinee, I took pictures," said sophomore Miles Cooper. "I sort of took my own unique spin on combining Garfield with any other single large-eyed character."
"What's unique is that we try to feature every single art student in the show," said art department chair Patricia O'Connor. "Other departments have standardized or national tests, SBAC, benchmarks for learning, for mastery. For us, for our art students, this is our benchmark for mastery, this is when they get to shine. They've worked very hard all year, producing multiple pieces of art."
Teachers say they've seen more students taking art classes than ever before.
"There's a lot of other programs disappearing, so they have fewer choices," said art teacher Lauren Delong. "But also they really enjoy coming to our classes after the rigorous reading and requirements all the time. They want to come to class, they want to enjoy themselves, they want to sit and make art."
"It's one of those things that if I'm having a hard day or something, it's always there," said senior Megan Viera. "I don't think of anything, I just put pen to paper and see what comes out."
"I've always wanted to learn how to draw," said junior Andrew Huzina. "I've seen drawings in newspapers, magazines, on TV and I've always thought what skill and talent it takes."
Teachers also tell us film photography is becoming more of a popular medium among students.
"You really have to put a lot of thought into the composition because each shot is about 55 cents," said senior Laura Montanari. "So you're putting money into it and you're also putting a lot more time into film than you do digital."