Art & Design Department News


A long standing tradition, CALC and the Carlisle Area School District join together every March to celebrate Youth Art Month with an exhibit of projects across all grade levels. Due to the challenging times, we decided to use this year's exhibit as an opportunity to showcase our graduating seniors and their perseverance - working quietly at home and missing the camaraderie of the classroom. We look forward to watching what these talented artists do in the next chapters of their creative lives. Congratulations seniors!

Morgan Schrubb

Seneca Sheesley

Kayla Unger

Jesse Beck

Edwin Mendez

Rachell Bell

Selma Becirovic

Lauren Musser

Crystal Nkurrunah

Mabel Sheelsey

Catherine Davis

Madison Tack

Danielle Fevola

Il'lajah Rivera

Maliek Hall

Grace Hoffman

Sarah Sheperd

Sierra Brewbaker

Anna Crawford

Rebecca Burbridge

Adrian Burwell

Connor Fritz

Paisley Weaver

Emma Daron

Addison Brewbaker

Shannon Stout

Ben Briggs

Izzy Beaston


The students in the Mrs. Pagel’s Sculpture & Ceramics 2, 3, & 4 classes participated in a virtual Artist in Residence throughout the month of March. Students had the opportunity to work with local artists, Maureen Joyce and Carrie Breschi as part of the I’m fine. project. I’m fine. is dedicated to artist Maureen Joyce’s son, Patrick, who completed his life in 2018 after struggling with mental illness.  Students created ceramic masks that represented mental health struggles and awareness.

Over 250 ceramic masks have been created during meaningful workshops over the past year as part of the project.  Anonymous stories of survival have also been written, illustrated and submitted to the project. Both the masks and the stories will contribute to community-engaged conversations and to the statewide traveling exhibit, I’m fine., whose purpose is to sculpt mental health awareness and to promote available resources. The inaugural exhibit for the project will take place…                         

April 16 - May 29
Carlisle Arts Learning Center
38 W. Pomfret Street

Due to pandemic safety precautions, there will not be an opening event.  There will, however, be daily open hours at CALC to view the installation and private viewings available by emailing  The exhibit strives to be inclusive by being wheelchair accessible and by offering audio and tactile engagement portions. 

The exhibit is curated by Carrie Breschi and Maureen Joyce.  Both artists understand that our world is facing a mental health crisis……without even understanding the true scale of the collateral damage caused by Covid-19.   Our communities need to do more to alleviate this crisis. Breschi and Joyce believe in the power of art to ignite change and to create new perspectives and knowledge. They also believe in the viewers and participants of the exhibit as agents of positive change in our community. 


Congratulations to 7th Grade LMS student, Joey Bozicevic. Joey participated in a contest where students had the opportunity to design a program advertisement for Lamberton Middle School that would be featured in the program for the community MLK celebration. Congratulations Joey!


4th grade student, Kyleigh Gillock from Mooreland Elementary School created a yearbook cover design using an app called, Sketch Up. The cover is an image of a student's hands holding an ipad with a picture of a smiling face on the ipad. The Title reads, "We Can Learn ANYWHERE." Congratulations Kyleigh!


We are proud to share that the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) recognized the Carlisle Area School District for its outstanding commitment to visual arts education with the endorsement Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2020. PAEA empowers its members to transform their practices, students, colleagues, and communities to build a strong art education culture and citizenry. Districts receiving this endorsement demonstrate the importance of their visual arts programs with:

  • Rigorous and Inclusive Programs: Arts programs demonstrate rigor using standards-based curriculum taught at every level by highly qualified and certified arts educators.
  • Highly Accessible Programs: Art programs are offered to all students at every level of education with a sustainable budget for the visual arts.
  • Highly Visible Programs: Schools and districts identify their programmatic accomplishments, curriculum for all levels, art staff, mission statements, and arts events using their school websites and social media. 

Carlisle High School Students Collaborate with the Trout Gallery

In collaboration with The Trout Gallery, the Drawing & Painting 3 students of Carlisle High School created reactionary art pieces to the 1974 print, Confrontation at the Bridge by Jacob Lawrence. The works were supposed to be on display at CHS in early April but the show was canceled due to COVID-19. The video showcases the works made by students paired with a narration of their written artist statements. The works created and presented are representations of the personal views of the individual student artists and not the school district or teacher. Special thanks to CHS art teacher, Ms. Amie Bantz and Dr. Phillip Earenfight for collaborating on this project.

Virtual Art Show Link
Overcoming: A Virtual Art Show

The Following Students had work in the Virtual Art Show
Laila Boyce
Sierra Brubaker
Lucy Griffith
Maliek Hall
Maya Lewis
Nathaniel Lippert
Yesenia Martinez
Jacob Morano
Rafael Portilla
Morgan Sayers
Holly Stiltner
Jessica Trial
Kei'Saun Wilson

Carlisle High School Students Participate in Art in the Wild Show

High School Art Teacher, Mrs. Suzanne Pagel and her students were involved in the 2020 Art in the Wild Exhibit that takes places at Wildwood Park (located on the outskirts of downtown Harrisburg).  The theme for the Art in the Wild 2020 exhibit is “Woodland Harmony.”  They designed a curtain installation that consists of hundreds of ceramic rings that vary in size.  Originally, they were going to be freely hanging, so that they could create more noise, similar to a wind chime, but they had concerns about the rings breaking due to high wind at the installation site. Instead, the rings were to the surrounding trees to help keep them from tangling or breaking.  They used natural clay colors (white and brown) to stay with the natural theme.  The piece is titled; “Rings of Reflection,” since it is located right next to the water and there is a bench nearby for visitors to relax and view the lake and sculpture.

Many students from the Sculpture & Ceramics I classes helped in making the ceramic rings as an extension to a coil-building lesson.  Mrs. Pagel taught students how to use the clay extruder to make coils of different sizes and then they formed them into circles.  Furthermore, the following students; Sophie Jerev, Kelly Sullivan, and Elizabeth Gochenauer created separate wind chimes that are hanging in the nearby trees. 

Although there will not be an official opening of the show (due to Covid-19), the park is in the process of putting together a virtual show. They hope that art lovers and artists will still be able to connect and view the beautiful art in the wild from the comfort of their own home.  

Paint the Plow

PennDOT’s Paint the Plow Program began during the 2015-2016 winter season when first explored in Cambria County. In the years that followed, the program expanded into other areas of the state. Now PennDOT District 8 has encouraged local high schools in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York to participate.  This year Carlisle High School’s National Art Honors Society student’s painted a plow, which features the Bison driving a car in snowy weather with the message, “The bison drives slow in ice and snow!”

 The Paint the Plow Program is a way for PennDOT and the local community to cultivate public awareness and promote winter driving safety on state roadways. High school students were invited to paint creative, original artwork onto a PennDOT snowplow blade. The decorative blades reflecting each school individually, will have the opportunity to be visible during winter snow removal on various roadways in the region. You can look out for Carlisle’s snow plow on Rt. 74 in Carlisle! A panel of judges comprised of PennDOT representatives and individuals from the respective counties, will participate in selecting a “Judges’ Pick” winner. The winning school’s plow will be judged on its creativity and ability to incorporate a winter driving safety message while blending with the year’s safety theme. Additionally, photos of each painted plow will be posted on a PennDOT statewide online platform, where users will have the opportunity to vote for a “Fan Favorite.” Voting will be open to the public for a designated voting period. Participants are encouraged to look out for a press release announcing details of the voting period. 

National Honor's Society Hosts Paint Night

National Art Honors Society students planned and facilitated a Paint Night at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) in October. The Carlisle Area School District Art Department and CALC have a long history of working together on projects such as the Youth Art Month Show which is held in CALC’s gallery. The NAHS students wanted to give back to the organization by donating a paint night to be auctioned at CALC’s annual event. Students were responsible for planning the lesson, gathering supplies, and teaching a class of 12 adults. The night was a huge hit for both students and paint night participants!

Art While You Wait

The Downtown Carlisle Association partnered with Color Carlisle for a summer beautification project - Art While You Wait (also, sponsored by PNC). Six traffic signal cabinets around downtown Carlisle were painted by local artists and focused around the theme, LoveCarlisle. Artists submitted designs to Color Carlisle and six artists were chosen to paint the traffic signal cabinets. . 9th Grade student, Dinella Dedic was one of the artists featured. As well as, Ms. Amie Bantz, art teacher at Carlisle High School. Congratulations to our CASD artists!

West Shore Symphony Digital Art Show 

The West Shore Symphony Orchestra has partnered with the art teachers of the Carlisle Area School District to celebrate music and the visual arts.  This partnership explored the connection of music & art, with images shown on the movie screen at the Carlisle Theatre.  Artwork was inspired by Manuel de Falla's Suite No. 2 from his 1919 collection. Students artwork was digital displayed during a children’s show on Saturday, November 9th and during the symphony performance on Sunday, November 10th. The following Carlisle High School Students were featured at the show.

CHS Art Teacher's Exhibited at Susquehanna Art Museum

Carlisle High School Art Teachers, Ms. Amie Bantz and Mrs. Ashley Gogoj had artwork featured at the Susquehanna Art Museum over the summer. Art teachers in the area who had student artwork in the annual Artistic Expressions show last spring, were invited to create artwork to be exhibit from August through September. Ms. Amie Bantz created an oil painting that featured buildings from downtown Harrisburg. The work was tiled Mr. Rogers. Mrs. Ashley Gogoj created a acrylic painting that was inspired by the view from Waggoner’s Gap and by development of warehouses and industries in Cumberland County. The piece is tilted Changing Landscape.  

National Art Honor's Society Recognized as Exemplary Program

The National Art Honors Society has been recognized as a Shippensburg University School Study Council Exemplary Program. The Carlisle Area School District Art Department and the National Art Honors Society promotes community arts partnerships that includes educators, students, parents, and the community; who work together to increase opportunities that will enhance both the community and student's learning about the arts and appreciation for the arts. 
This group of students accomplished these objectives by developing an Empty Bowls program to support our local food bank, hosting an artist in residence at Carlisle High School to create a mural in downtown Carlisle, and by partnering with multiple community organizations to provide art experiences to our community. 

CHS Students work with CALC's ARTiculate Program

The latest artwork from Carlisle Arts Learning Center’s project “ARTiculate: Students Speaking Through Art” is now installed at the CenturyLink building located along West High Street in Carlisle.

The work is an art installation featuring a series of black and white portraits of teens that shine a light on their expressive behavior and the diversity of the community.

The photos are accompanied by the words: “Listen to my voice — the quiet voice, the loud voice, the scared voice, the anxious voice, the happy voice, the annoying voice — my voice.”

Giving teens a voice has been the guiding principle of the program, which started in July and ran through mid-August. Sixteen students ranging from middle to high school identified five topics to address and created art projects to bring the concerns to the community.

Each art project is accompanied by a quote from the students that describes the problem the project represents.

The first project, which addressed drug abuse, was unveiled at the Sadler Night Out event in August. The second project, a series of wrapped trees, greeted students on the first day of school.

Two more projects are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Article courtesy of the Sentinel and written by Tammie Gitt. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

Carlisle Art Project Amplifies Student Voices

Art created in a summer program at Carlisle Arts Learning Center isn’t giving students a voice. It’s encouraging the students to use the voice they already have, and asking adults to listen.

The three-week program, Project ARTiculate: Students Speaking Through Art, started in July. Sixteen students ranging from middle to high school identified five topics to address and created art projects to bring the concerns to the community. CALC intentionally brought together a diverse group of students for the work.

“It’s diverse in its cultural background. It’s diverse in its economic background. I think the population we got really represented both the middle school and the high school,” said Carrie Breschi, the director for the project.

The idea for the program grew out of years of work with teens where CALC discovered that most are vulnerable to depression, drug addiction and loneliness. Yet, there is not enough programming in the community to assist the students.

Coupled with the fact that teens are dealing with increased suicide rates, social media pressures, terrorism, mass shootings and an opioid addiction crisis, CALC decided to create a program to help them express themselves.

Even with these thoughts in mind, Breschi was nonetheless surprised to hear the students say they felt like they had no voice.

“It was surprising to me ... that they really do feel that no one really listens to them, whether it’s in the school system or out of the school system that they automatically get judged,” Breschi said.


The first of the art projects, which addresses drug abuse, was unveiled Friday evening at Sadler Night Out. The art installation then moved to Hope Station for that organization’s Back-to-School Bash, and will be moved to various nonprofits in the coming weeks.

Each art project is accompanied by a quote from the students that describes the problem the project represents.

The first project uses more than 1,500 discarded pill bottles to create a much larger pill bottle, and is accompanied by the words: “Help me to overcome my pain or addiction. Drug and alcohol abuse are not journeys we plan. They are often escape routes.”

The second project was installed Sunday evening at Carlisle High School so that it is ready to greet students on their first day Monday. It’s accompanied by the words: “Accept me for who I am and shelter me ... no matter who I am ... LGTBQ, black, white, autistic, disabled, different than who you are ... take the time to get to know me.”

    Lanik Minaya, a senior, said the tree wraps were made from duct tape with colors to represent different groups or issues, such as autism or the LGBTQ community.

    She said working with students of different ages from middle school through those entering college has been a highlight of the program, and she hopes the adults are open to the messages those students are sending.

    “I hope that they realize that even though we are kids, we can still make an impact and know what’s going on in the world and know that we can hopefully change the world,” she said.

    Some adults tend to dismiss students, telling them they’re too young or that they don’t understand, said Henry Pluta as he worked on adding black letters to the pill bottle to spell out “opioid deaths.”

    “We’re showing that we do understand, and we’re trying to make a stand,” Pluta said.

    For its part, CALC wanted to not only build the student’s self-esteem, but also empower them to continue on the path of civic engagement while assuring their voices are valuable.

    “If we can impart that message that their concerns are valid, their fears are valid, and there are people out there they can reach out to, I think that’s incredibly important,” said Becky Richeson, executive director of CALC.

    The program also gave students a place to be during a slower time of the summer while giving them as sense of purpose.

    “It’s been really fun. I feel like I’m actually part of something which is really nice. Everyone’s really welcoming,” said junior Cameron Miller.

    The program may be repeated in the future if the community is willing to lend its support.

    “The support has been amazing which I think just speaks to the fact that our community really believes in CALC and believes in the power of the arts, that we can truly give students a voice and that students really are an important part of our community,” Becky said.

    Article courtesy of the Sentinel and written by Tammie Gitt. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

    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.