Education Commissioner’s Office Art Contest

Erin Scalora submitted a piece of artwork to the State Commissioner of Education’s “Commissioner’s Office Art Contest.” Erin’s work was chosen from over 70 submissions, as a finalist.


All finalists will have their work hung in the Department of Education Commissioner’s suite. At a later date, Erin will be invited to a gallery showing, that will be held for all 20 finalists.

Brent Catan was one of the 70 students who submitted a work, and while it wasn’t one of the finalists, he was given the opportunity to put his piece on display as part of a 4-6 month rotating gallery on the walls of the State Department Building in Hartford.


Art Survey Class Collaborates with Child Development



In the month of December, Ms. Galasso’s Art Survey class collaborated in a cross-curricular lesson with Mrs. Richards’ Child Development class in an Author/Illustrator project!

As part of the Art Survey Curriculum, Art Survey students participate in a 2D Design unit where they have to author children’s books. In doing this, they create the designs of each page using cut-paper collage techniques while creating symbolism through simple shapes, color lines, usage of Elements and Principles as well as Compositional Rules.

This year the project took a new twist! In the new building, the Art Department and Child Development rooms are right around the corner from one another! In the Child Development classes, BHS students worked with the Playschool students to create original stories. The Playschool students authored each story and the Child Development students wrote them down for them. From there, the stories were given to the Art Survey students to illustrate and bring them to life.

The project culminated with a celebration at the end of December where the Art Survey students got to share their children’s books with the Playschool kids and their parents, as well as the Child Development students!

Thank you to Mrs. Richards and her 4th Period Fall Semester Child Development class for being a part of this collaboration!

For photos of the events and the actual books, please click here.


2014 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Award Winners!


Five Berlin High School Students Place at the 2014 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards

Courtney Silvia – Silver Key – Drawing
Erik Labieniec –  Silver Key – Digital Art
Alexandra Burness – Honorable Mention – Sculpture
Calvin Nastyn – Honorable Mention – Digital Art
Nicole Veronesi – Honorable Mention – Drawing.

All entries will be displayed at the 2014 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards exhibition from January 12 – January 31, 2014 at the Slipe Gallery at University of Hartford.
The 25th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state, with Gold Key winners being placed into national competition. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Frances Farmer, Alan Arkin, John Lithgow, Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns, Ned Vizzini, and many more.
The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Year after year the program grows with increased participation from students and communities across the country. In the past five years alone, submissions have topped 900,000 works. During that period, more than 60 top arts institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.
The awards will be presented Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Lincoln Theater at University of Hartford. Exhibition is at the Slipe Gallery,  Jan. 12 to Jan. 31, 2014 . Silpe Gallery hours : daily 10 to 4 pm , weekends , 12 noon to 4 pm. Field trips and visitations can be arranged by calling in advance to Hartford Art School at 860–768–4827.
Directions to Un. of Hartford : University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, 06117.
Exit 44 from I-84 [ Prospect Ave.] From west: right exit and left onto Prospect Ave. From east : right exit, right turn off ramp, left onto Prospect . Follow Prospect to its end [ 2 miles ] Turn right, on Albany Ave. Then turn left at light onto Bloomfield Ave. Proceed 3/4 mile campus is on right. First entrance for Lincoln Theater. Take second entrance for Hartford Art School and Silpe Gallery.