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

2019 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. 



Due to a current staff vacancy, we are unabvle to offer 7-8th grade school programs this Spring.  We expect to resume 7-8 school offerings in the Fall of 2019.  We will be offering high school programs.

Art Activists

February 8-April 6

9-12 Grades

Ever wondered how artists use their skills to make the world a better place?  In this program students will explore contemporary artworks by nine different artist-activists on view in the exhibition Agency, Tolerance and Imagination: Art and Civic Engagement. Treating issues ranging from animal rights to environmental destruction and the sovereignty of indigenous peoples, these works of art demonstrate the rich and nuanced perspectives artists bring to some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Japan Opens Up

March 1-April 13

9-12 Grades

In 1853 Japan opened its borders resulting in profound cultural and political changes throughout the country and the world.  These changes were documented in prints, an accessible and popular medium within Japanese culture.  Students in this program will examine prints on view in the exhibition Timely and Timeless: Japan's Modern Transformation in Woodblock Prints as a primary source important to understanding the historical impact of the 1853 decision.

Summer Workshops 

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 two program themes listed below.  Reservations are required.   

Dates Offered:

June 14

June 24-25

July 1-3

July 29-August 2

August 5-9

Cities of the Future

What might the city of tomorrow look like?  Put on your architect's hat and get ready to build in this program inspired by the works of printmaker Evan David Summer.

Water Worlds

Artist Edward Burtynsky creates huge photographs that show how water impacts the lives of people around the globe.  In this program students will explore his works and use water to create their own environmental art.


Summer 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. 


June 10-13 Carlisle Parks and Recreation 

June 17-21 CALC 

Ages: 5-12

It’s everywhere, powerful, and constantly changing. Water is an awesome force of nature! This camp takes its inspiration from photographs of water on exhibit at The Trout Gallery. Campers will investigate the mysteries of water and learn to control water through sculpture, let it run wild in paintings, and harness its force to create kinetic art. Who’s thirsty?

Build and Destroy 

July 8-11 Carlisle Parks and Recreation

July 15-19 CALC

Humans have built towering structures from the beginning of time, but they also love ancient ruins. Can beauty be found in both?  In this program students will explore the eerie futuristic worlds created by printmaker Evan David Summer, and create their own cities.  Destruction is optional.  


For Carlisle Parks and Recreation Camps:

CALC Camps: 

To register for programs: 

Trout Workshops:
  • Email Heather Flaherty, Curator of Education at flaherth@dickinson.edu
  • Call (717) 245-1492