Wilton High School celebrates 38th annual Arts Festival

Local illustrator and author Chad Wallace talks to advanced drawing student Salil Mishra about his illustration demonstration.

Local illustrator and author Chad Wallace talks to advanced drawing student Salil Mishra about his illustration demonstration.

Wilton High School celebrated art and culture during its 38th annual Arts Festival last week.

The school kicked off its festival on Monday, April 4, with:

  • Drawing, digital painting and illustration demonstrations with local illustrator and graphic artist Chad Wallace.
  • A discussion on photographic techniques, lighting and camera selection with Wilton photographer Karen Morneau.
  • A hands-on relaxation workshop called Zen Tangles, intended to reduce stress and promote inner peace.
  • A Poetry in Motion collaboration between public speaking classes and photography students.
  • A musical presentation on spiritual music called Black Music in American History.
  • Performances by Manhattan-based resident touring company Dance China NY that taught students about the history of Chinese traditional dance and music, as well as the variety and diversity of Chinese life.
Dance China NYC demonstrates the ribbon dance.

Dance China NYC demonstrates the ribbon dance.

On Tuesday, April 5, the festival lineup included:

  • Photo presentations by photographer Ron Lake called Antarctica and Tanzania on Film.
  • A presentation and information session on Wilton High School’s farm-to-table initiative by science teacher and Wilton High School Organic Garden Club adviser Jim Hunter.
  • A showcase and presentation on sea glass pieces, design and construction techniques by local jeweler Beth Crowell.
  • Wilton High School jazz band performances.
  • Photography and design showcase by Migg Burroughs.
  • Performance by Egyptian musician and storyteller Karim Nagi Mohammed.
Egyptian storyteller and musician Karim Nagi demonstrates Arabic music and culture during a performance on Tuesday, April 5.

Egyptian storyteller and musician Karim Nagi demonstrates Arabic music and culture during a performance on Tuesday, April 5.

On the last day of the festival, Wednesday, April 6, students learned to make felt creatures.

The Arts Festival was followed by Wilton High School’s annual Festival of Languages on April 6-8.

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