Middle/High School

The Trout Gallery Education Program partners with local agencies and schools to provide area middle and high school students with programs based on a wide range of exhibitions. Programs are interdisciplinary, designed to teach visual analysis skills, and include large and small group discussion.  Teachers may request a specific approach to content based on the focus of a class.  Examples of approaches include:

  • Visual Literacy
  • Art as Cultural Context
  • Art as Conceptual Framework
  • Art as Primary Text

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.  Language learning programs are available in French, German, Spanish and Italian.  Please contact us to learn more about bilingual tours, ESL offerings, and language learning programs for your group. 


SPRING 2018 

Body Art  

6th grade

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 

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. 


FALL 2018 

Ride Along 

Sept.7-Oct. 20 

6th Grade

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 

6th Grade

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