Norwalk City Hall is showcasing 230 student drawings and paintings this week in its community room.
"You get a kid in the arts, you have a kid who's focused on doing really fascinating work," said art teacher Shelia Wolfe.
The annual city-wide art show will display the works of Norwalk students from preschool through high school until Thursday.
"Out of all the artworks here today, 12 of the pieces were selected to go on exhibition upstairs in City Hall on the third floor," said Brenda Williams, director of communications for Norwalk public schools. "And they'll be added to the Sloan gallery of art that we have framed and mounted in the hallways up in the Norwalk public schools and the Board of Ed floor in city hall."
One teacher from each public school in Norwalk selected 8-10 pieces to showcase in the community room. Teachers say student artwork has been displayed at City Hall since the early 90's. This year's popular works included celebrity portraits and local landscapes.
"I think it's really unique that kids are choosing to paint and draw things about their own life or things that they are fascinated by whether it be the outside scenes they saw this year with all the snow or whether it be their favorite celebrity," said Shelia Wolfe, Brian McMahon High School art department chair.
"The first time we got assigned to this, our teacher Shelia Wolfe said we're going to do a monochrome type of painting," said Brien McMahon High School sophomore Matthew Lereboars. "I chose James Dean. I was going to do tryptic 50's icons, so I started with James Dean and now I'm doing Elizabeth Taylor."
"The one over there is a portrait of my cousins and that was when we went to Outer Banks, North Carolina and that's my concentration for AP this year," said Brien McMahon High School senior Lindsay Chirona. "Basically that I wanted to capture how much fun I had with my family and we all enjoy time with each other."
In addition to the pieces that will be mounted at city hall the Norwalk Housing Authority will also select pieces to go into its annual distributed calendar.
"I've always liked art, it's just a lot of fun," said Brien McMahon sophomore Catherine Petropoulos. "It was one of the things I was pretty good at when I was younger so I just stuck with it."
The works will be displayed on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.