Pre-K / Elementary School

Pre-K / Elementary Programs

The Trout Gallery Education Program provides lively, cross-disciplinary museum programs to Pre/Elementary classes. The programs encourage creativity and learning through meaningful encounters with art and cultural artifacts, and through participation in age-specific group activities and hands-on projects. Class size limited to 28 students. With the exception of programs offered in collaboration with area partners (CALC, Carlisle Parks and Recreation Department), all progrmas are offered free of charge.  The Trout Gallery has limited funds to pay for bus transportation for groups. Please inquire while making a reservation.

2018-2019 Programs

FALL 2018 K-6 Programs

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. 

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


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 classes are available in Spanish, French, German and Italian.  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* 

*Scholarships are available for these programs. 

November 19, 2018: Dalí Day: The Spanish artist Salvador Dalí is famous for his bizarre images that combine fantasy and reality.  Students in this program will study original works by Dalí, create their own surrealist collages, and learn to talk about them in Spanish.


February 18, 2019 L'impressionnisme/Impressionism: France was the birth place of Impressionism--a style of art so full of color and life that Americans began to use it to paint Pennsylvania in the 19th century.  In this program, students will examine Impressionist works from The Trout Gallery collection, learn French vocabulary for talking about art and style, and create their own impressionist paintings.


March 15, 2019: Edo Japan and the Samurai: During the Edo period shoguns, emperors, and samurai created a new world that would impact Japanese civilization up to today.  In this program, students will explore the world of Edo Japan through an exhibition at The Trout Gallery, create original prints using the methods of Edo artists, and practice speaking and writing about the Samurai in Japanese.