Students of the Belfast Area High School National Art Honor Society put together their second annual art show Wednesday, Feb. 6, with demonstrations and hands on activities for all ages.

This brought the community together once again, as the variety of activities included throwing together a bowl on a clay wheel, creating beads and other creations with clay, making photograms, finger painting, mixed-media artwork, artist trading cards, metal tooling (new this year) and my favorite — cookie decorating!

Donations were accepted at the door to help purchase materials for the art show, raise money for a trip to the Portland Museum of Fine Arts this spring, and cords for graduating seniors.

New to the art show was metal tooling. What sounds like using welding materials to me, metal tooling is actually very simple, and only requires some tin, a pencil, frame and magazine photo to trace. I made a picture of owls and it looks really neat. The class even makes jewelery, which really gave the display hall a gleam.

I visited the photogram station and almost got lost in a magic tube thing. I stepped in, moved the handle, and BOOM! I was in a dark room with a dim red light. I didn't even know what a photogram was. Now I am a skilled photogrammer.

I made my first bowl of clay. It is kind of frumpy, but what a great start! Student leaders encouraged others to use the actual clay wheels to make their bowls. That's not something I would expect from a lot of schools because of the initial cost of the clay.

This organization was all student led and sponsored by Heidi O'Donnell, Belfast Area High School art teacher.

This was a wonderful experience for me, and for families who share a burning passion for art. Be sure to thank everyone for their outstanding job.