Home School

The Trout Gallery offers multi-age programs for home school students several times during the academic year and the summer. The programs are designed to interface the museum’s exhibitions with the core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, math, and science. Children engage in lively activities and close observation while exploring an exhibition and create a small project in the art classroom.  Class size is limited to 28.

2018 Programs


Bilingual, ESL, and Language Learning  

The Trout Gallery offers award-winning programs that combine art and language to promote language acquisition and cultural appreciation.  Please contact us to learn more about bilingual tours, ESL offerings, and language learning programs for your group. 

School's Out/Art's In 

The Trout Gallery collaborates with Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) to offer fun, creative & educational art programs for elementary and middle school children on “days off.” Programs will focus on language learning and art in fun-filled sessions designed to introduce children to foreign languages and cultures through art. Class fee includes all materials for projects, mid-morning snacks, pizza lunch and drink. Register through CALC at http://www.carlislearts.org/schools-outarts-in/.* 

*Scholarships are available for these programs. 

Glittering Words 

February 15, 9AM-4PM 

Islamic art is filled with glittering letters, swirling patterns, and fancy decorations.  In this program, kids will learn calligraphy techniques, speak some Arabic, and make their own Islamic-inspired works of art. 


March 28, 9AM-4PM 

In France, Springtime is called "printemps," and is a special time of year.  Everywhere you look, you can see people enjoying picnics, meeting friends by the river, and eating in outdoor cafes.  In this program, celebrate Spring French-style with art, music, food and language activities that showcase the best of the season. 


Oct. 8, 9AM-4PM 

Identity can mean who you are, where you came from, and even what you believe!  This Columbus Day, learn about the identity of the people of Mexico, home to many of the indigenous cultures living in American before Columbus arrived.  Explore the bold and fantastical forms of pre-Columbian art, learn how to talk about your identity in Spanish, and create your own identity portrait in this interactive program. 

La Vie En Rose 

Nov. 19, 9AM-4PM 

Colors communicate feelings, symbols, and even ideas.  In French, the expression "la vie en rose," means that you're so happy, everything in life seems rosy and cheerful.  In this program we will learn to talk about colors in French, experiment with different color effects in art, and investigate the paintings of French artists who use color to express how they see the world. 

Les Formes 

Nov. 20, 9AM-4PM 

Les formes, or shapes, were the building blocks of the important style of art called Cubism.  Beginning with experiments in France, artists used squares, circles, triangles and other shapes to create a style of art made up completely of different forms.  In this program learn the French vocabulary for shapes, build shape-based sculptures, and create your own Cubist-inspired works of art. 


SPRING 2018 

Body Art  

K-6th grades 

February 9-May 4 

Join the celebration! Henna tattoos are part of many important ceremonies in Muslim culture. Through an exploration of the henna-ornamented portraits of Morroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi, students will come to understand the culture, customs, and spaces of Muslim women and children living in Morocco.  Inspired by the calligraphy and Islamic motifs on view, students will create their own henna works of art.  

Islam: Architecture, Ornament, and Culture 

7-12 grades 

February 9-May 4 

Students will learn about the private spaces, customs, and objects central to Islamic culture by analyzing the photographs of Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi.   Through portraits of women and children in spaces heavily decorated with traditional Islamic fabrics, patterns, and ornaments, Essaydi transforms the bodies of her subjects into contested spaces, ideal for exploring the role of women and children within traditional Moroccan culture. 

Not So Modern Life 

K-6 grades 

March 2-April 14 

Many Amish people choose to live without modern conveniences such as cell phones, cars and computers.  Why?  In this program, take a trip into the private lives of Amish families living in Lancaster, PA through the documentary photography of artist Lida Moser.  Students will compare traditional Amish customs to their own way of life in order to better understand the connections between beliefs and culture.  Students will then create a work of art influenced by their own family and beliefs.   

Advertising The Amish 

7-12 grades 

March 2-April 14 

In 1965 photographer Lida Moser was hired by Pan American World Airways to document the lives of The Amish in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for an American tourism ad campaign.  The advertisements occurred in the context of a larger push for more international tourism promoted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as part of a response to the Cold War.  In this program, students will explore Moser's photographs of The Amish in the context of Amish culture of the 1960s, The Cold War, and documentary photography. 


SUMMER 2018 


Bring your day camp, club, or organization for a 1.5 hours workshop during select summer weeks.  All workshops include a hands-on activity.  Individual workshops are tailored to the age level of kids 4-14 and offered free of charge.  Choose from among the three themes listed below.  Reservations are required.   

June 4-8 

June 11-15 

July 2, 3, 5 and 6 

August 6-10 


How does scale impact our experience of a work of art?  Why might you decide to make a picture big, medium, or little?  Visit the large-scale photographs of artist Joyce Tenneson to find out.  Students will compare the sizes of different works of art, and then create their own out-of-this-world BIG picture. 

Prime Time 

Joyce Tenneson, one the most prominent female photographers of our time, entices her audience to consider beauty itself. Known for hauntingly beautiful images and extraordinary scale decisions, Joyce shows how beauty can be found outside the prime of life. Discuss the cycle of life, and explore its expression in still-lifes, portraits, and landscapes, before creating your own work of timely beauty. 

Show Me Your Story 

Can you tell a story without words?  Seventy-two artists told stories about the experiences of Nineteenth-century Native Americans in works of art on view. Using striking imagery and nontraditional backgrounds, the artists used color, line, shape, and composition to tell complicated stories in just a single image.  Join us in the gallery and learn how to decipher their imagery; then, use your knowledge to tell your own story without words! 


Day Camps 

The Trout Gallery partners with Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) and the Carlisle Parks and Recreation Department to offer the following full-day camp experiences.  During selected weeks, campers will spend a half day at The Trout Gallery and a half day at the partnering institution.  Contact the partner institution for details and registration.* 

*Full scholarships available for the CALC camps. Ask for more information when registering. 

Paint, Print, or Photograph? 

June 18-21 Carlisle Parks and Recreation 

July 30-August 3 CALC 

How can you tell the difference between paintings, photographs, and prints? Become an art detective as you examine the lines, textures, and effects specific media bring to a final work of art.  Students will work in teams to uncover clues in art scavenger hunts and games.  Through interactive experiments, students will have the opportunity to test various media tools and techniques, and select their favorites for creating final projects. 

Mixed Media Stories 

June 25-28 Carlisle Parks and Recreation 

August 13-17 CALC 

By exploring powerful images from the Re-Riding History exhibition on view, students will engage in conversation and activities about storytelling across media. How do you tell a story through art? What does a story in song look like?  What about in dance? In visual art,  can you use more than one material to tell your story? Yes, you can! Students will be encouraged to create individual art stories using paper, canvas, paint, ink, textiles, found materials, and more.  


FALL 2018 

Ride Along 

Sept.7-Oct. 20 

K-6 Grades 

Can pictures re-imagine history? Seventy-two artists showed that they can when they re-told the history of 530 Native Americans who had to make difficult journeys from their homeland to start a new life.  Ride along on these journeys as you learn about what life was like for Native Americans in the 1870s.  Along the way, students will discuss how artistic color, line and composition choices help express feelings and communicate ideas.  All students will be invited to re-imagine the histories they know in a hands-on project at the end of the program.  

Weaving Stories 

Sept. 7-Feb 2 

K-6 Grades 

Shan Goshorn is an Eastern Band Cherokee artist who uses the weaving techniques of her ancestors to create unusual baskets that teach people about the lives of Native Americans.  Shan weaves paper printed with photographs, letters, and other documents that tell the story of her people into each object she creates.  Learn about the stories told in these baskets and weave your own tale in this program. 

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School 

Sept. 7-Feb 2 

7-12 Grades 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the closing of The Carlisle Indian Industrial school, the prototype for assimilation-based Native American boarding schools.  Run between 1879 and 1918, the school was home to a total of 10,000 children from 140 different tribes.  In this program, students will re-trace the story of the school and its place in American history through an exploration of works of art on view.   


Guns and Culture In America 

November 3-February 16 

8-12 Grades 

From the Revolutionary War, to the cowboys of the 19th Century Wild West, and the gangsters of early 20th century cinema, guns have long played a central role in American culture.  In this program, students will examine artworks representing diverse perspectives on the role of guns in American culture today in order to understand how guns serve as powerful symbols of law, history, belief, and identity.* 

*This program contains mature content.   

To register for a program contact: 
Lyndsay Tingler
Associate Curator of Education 
tinglerl@dickinson.edu or (717) 254-8160