The Memory Project

At the end of last year, our ECE UConn Drawing Class participated in the “Memory Project”.  The Memory Project is a program that bridges the gap between American high school students and under privileged children from around the world.  Fourteen photos of children from Afghanistan were shipped to Berlin High School.  Our students drew their portraits and these portraits were shipped back to the organization who had hoped to deliver the photos in June and July but it was too dangerous. A total of 2,600 photos were delivered in August along with a donation of $4,000 to put toward their education.  Thank you to all for your contributions and support.

ECE UConn Drawing Art Show


ECE UConn Drawing (L-R): Lillian Bierwirth, Ishanee Patel, Meghan Fox, Emma Klepacki, Emily Mazzotta, Annie Sznaj, Matthew Bacon, Sofia Sierra, Ben Labadia, Bo Dehm Wicklund, Nicholas Gendron, Stephanie Boice, Rachel Fitzsimons, Marcel Wolanin.

Berlin High School’s University of Connecticut, Early College Experience, Art 1030-814 Drawing I students and their work will be celebrated at Berlin Peck Library with an exclusive exhibition.
The opening reception will be on Tuesday, May 29th from 6:00-7:45 and will run through Friday, June 1st for viewing. The library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 – 8, Friday 10 – 5 and Saturday, 10 – 4.

About the Artists:

Matthew Bacon: Matthew is an 11th grade student at BHS. He realized he had artistic talent at a young age and has been drawing ever since. He enjoys drawing and prefers to work with pencil, pen and ink. When Matthew is not doing art he likes photography, hanging out with friends and running for the BHS track team. Matthew plans on enrolling in AP Studio Art and continuing to work on his artistic abilities.

Lillian Bierwirth: Lilly, a sophomore at Berlin High School, is someone who has always enjoyed art. She started drawing from a very young age and hasn’t stopped since. Lilly is someone who admires and appreciates the beauty in all art. Art is something that has always had a special place in her heart and is going to continue holding its place there.

Stephanie Boice: Stephanie is a sophomore at Berlin High School, and has always been interested in art. She has been taking art classes with Mrs. Miller since freshman year. Some of her favorite things to create are drawings and paintings. Art has been something that she has always enjoyed, and loves. As for now, she will continue to create art.

Rachel Fitzsimons: Rachel is a sophomore at Berlin High School. She has had a passion for art ever since she was young, and has always enjoyed channeling her creative side. Her favorite mediums are pencil, watercolor and charcoal. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and listening to music. Rachel is very passionate when it comes to art and hopes to continue art as a hobby for the rest of her life.

Meghan Fox: Meghan Fox is a Junior at Berlin High School. She took art classes through the New Britain Museum of American Art when she was little, which is where she discovered her love for art. She has dabbled in many unique art forms, but her main focuses are pottery, drawing and painting. She has taken art classes every year while at BHS and will be taking AP Studio Art next year.

Nicholas Gendron: As a junior, Nick has been a part of the BHS art department since freshman year and plans to continue to pursue art in the future. He is also active member of the swim team. Nick prefers pencil as his favorite medium when drawing.

Emma Klepacki: BHS junior Emma Klepacki has had a passion for fine arts since a young age. She plans on continuing with her artistry during her senior year by taking AP Studio Art. She enjoys a variety of art forms, the most significant ones being illustration and digital painting. Emma is currently planning on pursuing animation through college.

Ben Labadia: Since elementary school, Ben has always been highly involved in the arts, taking more rigorous courses in his high school years to better his skills. He plans to take AP Studio Art in his senior year and to continue and translating his abilities into film in college, where he plans to become a writer, actor, and director.

Emily Mazzotta: Emily is a junior at BHS, she recognized her artistic ability in 8th grade. She enjoys drawing, painting, photography and math. She leans toward drawing organic and nature things such as plants and abstract pieces. She plans to continue pursuing her love of art and creativity into her senior year and future life.

Ishanee Patel: Ishanee is a junior at BHS, she has taken drawing classes at BHS since freshman year and plans on taking AP Drawing her senior year. She has always had interest in art from a young age. She enjoys drawing organic materials such as plants and flowers, and still life.

Sofia Sierra: Sofia is an 11th grade student at Berlin High School. She has been interested in art since she was only 3 years old. She takes pleasure in sketching in pen and ink and also loves working in watercolor. Sofia enjoys hanging out with friends, writing poetry, and spending time with family when she is not drawing. Sofia plans to pursue art after her years at Berlin High School.

Annie Sznaj: Annie is a junior at BHS, but has been interested in many forms of the arts since a young age. She plans on continuing that passion into and past college with interior design. Although she enjoys drawing, painting is more of a preference. More specifically painting with acrylic paint. She can not wait to continue learning and improving her skill with art.

Bo Dehm Wicklund: Bo Dehm Wicklund is a junior and has been an art student of Mrs. Millers throughout all of her years at Berlin High School thus far. She has been enrolled in Art Survey, Pottery 1, Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Uconn ECE Drawing, and plans to take AP Studio Art next year in her senior year. Bo has always been interested in art and will continue to pursue it as a hobby even after high school.

Marcel Wolanin: Marcel Wolanin is a sophomore at Berlin High School. In his free time, Marcel likes to play soccer, listen to music, spend time with his friends, and, since a small child, create artwork. Marcel’s preferred medium for drawing is pencil on paper, but he also creates drawings digitally on his computer at home.