Art & Design Department News

Carlisle High School & Color Carlisle Hosts Artist-in-Residence

Color Carlisle is a small group of educators and community members who are working together to strengthen our community through creative action. The group has dreams of canvasing the city of Carlisle with murals and believe that our children and students are the future of the Carlisle community.  This Fall, a group of high school students who are enrolled the Portfolio art class at Carlisle High School will have the opportunity to create a mural which will be permanently installed on the side of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlisle (near Memorial Park). The mural will be painted on parachute paper and then adhered to the wall. This allows the students to do a majority of the painting in the classroom.

In addition to the main group of students, we will open the mural up to other students at the High School and to the entire community of Carlisle. The artist, Ophelia Chambliss, will work primarily with the core group of students. The goal of the residency is for students to become experts and then involve and teach other students and community members the process of painting and installing a mural. Workshops are open to ALL community members which will help to increase the impact that the mural can have on strengthening and unifying our community. The students and teachers will work directly with other students and the community by hosting a workshop to teach the process to participants. Carlisle Area School District students, parents, and community members are invited to take part in the painting the mural on October 13th at the Homecoming football game.

The mural is being funded by the Bison Foundation, Jump Street, The Council for the Arts, and for donations from around the Carlisle Community. 

Artistic Expressions Gallery Walk in Harrisburg

Artistic Expressions features the works of exemplary student artists from secondary schools throughout Central Pennsylvania. Coordinated by area art educators, the mission of Artistic Expressions is to bring together students from a multitude of different secondary schools with aspirations and endeavors in the fine arts within exhibition opportunities, collaborative events, and education. During the weekend of September 9th and 10th artwork from Carlisle High School was exhibited at the Old City Hall in Harrisburg. The CASD Art Department congratulates all of the students who participated in this exciting exhibit.

Celebration of the Arts Block Party

On Friday, August 25th Carlisle art students painted a mural at the Celebration of the Arts Block Party in downtown Carlisle. CHS art teachers and students worked with children and community members to design and paint a mural in a two-hour period of time. The event was sponsored by St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and Color Carlisle. 

Art Exhibit at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center

Many students in our schools have art work showing in the annual exhibit hosted by the Carlisle Arts Learning Center. This event is part of our celebration of Youth Art Month that takes place annually during the month of March. The show will be up from March 18th through April10th.  A reception was held on Friday, March 24th.  The reception is always a festive affair that includes a decorative food extravaganza, and art activities. We encourage students, families and friends of our artists to visit the show at the CALC Art Gallery on Pomfret Street.  The show will be open during their regular business hours. For more information, please contact your child’s art teacher, the Carlisle High School Art Office at 240-6800 X26006 or the Carlisle Arts Learning Center at 249-6973.

CASD Artists Exhibit at PDE: PAEA Youth Art Month Celebration 2016

March is Celebrate the Arts Month in Pennsylvania and many CASD students are representing CASD in a statewide exhibit. The Youth Art Month (YAM) show was organized by the PA Art Education Association (PAEA) and hosted at the PA Dept. of Education (PDE). This K -12 state-wide exhibit was on display in the Honors Suite on the first floor from February 25th – April 15th. A special reception was held for artists and their families on Saturday, March 15th. 

 The show provides an opportunity for the students of teachers belonging to the professional organization, PAEA, and includes approximately 350 student works of art. One student work of art will be selected at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as a Best in Show winnerDick Blick, Sax Art and Nasco, art materials vendors, co-sponsored a variety of awards that were given to the YAM Exhibit winners.  The CASD Art Department congratulates all of the students that participated in this exciting exhibit

 LMS Student Wins Statewide Design Contest 

Lamberton Middle School student, Danielle Fevola won the statewide Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest!  Her drawing will be made into real flag, which will be exhibited at the National Art Education Conference in New York on March 2, 2017.  She will also be honored at the Youth Art Month Student Art Exhibit on March 18th in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The flag will be hung at Lamberton Middle School for the remainder of the school year. Her work is highlighted on the Pennsylvania Art Education Association website:

Carlisle High School Hold Exhibit in the Community

Area School District recently established a partnership with Hempfield Behavioral Health for students to display their artwork at the Inn at Red Tomato Farm. The spring installation will feature 11th and 12th grade student art work including drawing, painting, and sculpture. The school opening will be February 1st at 5:30 pm and the public opening will follow at 6:30 pm. The art will be on display and open to the community at the Inn until April 30th.

This partnership offers students a rich, real art world experience and broader exposure as artists. “Typically, their art work just goes home after creation. By partnering with Hempfield, we are able to offer our students an extension to their art education with the opportunity to learn how to properly prepare and display their artwork and share it with the greater community.” explained Ashley Gogoj, Program Chair, Art & Design, CASD.

Hempfield Behavioral Health is always looking for opportunities to invite the community to Red Tomato Farm as part of building an inclusive, diverse community where adults with disabilities play a meaningful role in cultural, artistic and entertainment enrichment. For this project, farm participants gained the opportunity to learn about art installations and gallery openings by working closely with students and teachers during set-up.

“We are enthusiastic about the ideas we are generating with the students and teachers. This partnership leads naturally to additional learning experiences for the students, teachers and farm participants.” shared Howard Rosen, CEO, Hempfield.

Please contact Deborah Shaffer at Hempfield at 717-221-8004 or visit our web and social media page at and for more information about Red Tomato Farm & Inn and the art exhibition.

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LeTort Stream Logo & Slogan Contest

Congratulations to all the winners and participants in the LeTort Stream Logo and Slogan Contest. This past fall, CASD students participated in a contest that was sponsored by Audubon. Drawing inspiration from student's experiences at the LeTort Spring Run, students had the opportunity to design a logo and/or develop a slogan that represents and reflects the LeTort Stream Studies program. The following students are being recognized for their Logo Designs and Slogans.

      CHS Artist-in-Residence

       ​Sophie Moffatt 
      Gallery in Walk Artist

      Mural at the Celebration of the Arts Block Party ​


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