Our Amazing Art Teachers



Leslie Della Valle - Drawing/Painting

Ryan Dolan - Ceramics

Melissa Gonzales - Visual Arts

Tamsin Gosselin - Photography

Molly Hennessy - Digital Arts


David Hubbard - 7th Grade Art

Andres Sanchez - 7th/8th Grade Art

Laura Boehning - 7th Grade Art


Katie Anton-Steer - Church Street

Brian Chasnoff - Helen Street

Rachael DaCunto - Ridge Hill

Andy Debenedet - Bear Path

Julies Ly - Shepherd Glen

Pamela Mancini - West Woods

Patrick Sullivan - Spring Glen

Elisa Vegliante - Dunbar Hill

Karen Wakeley - Alice Peck






Visual Arts

HMS Virtual Art Show

Distance Learning Artwork!

Creating great art work is always challenging and rewarding.  That is especially true during a pandemic!  But our students have really risen to the occasion!  Here are some videos and clips of wonderful student art work.  Until we can invite you to an art show (hopefully soon) please enjoy this amazing student work.


Mrs. Anton-Steer (Church Street School):


Mrs. Mancini (West Woods School):






Spring Glen Virtual Art Show

Check out these great billboards with important messages designed by three Hamden Public School student artists. Very proud of these artists!

Have you seen the news report done on our student billboard designs?  Here it is:



The HPS Visual Arts Department works hard to encourage the creativity of every child in the district.  While we believe it is important to teach the principles and techniques of art, we feel it is equally important to allow students to develop the artistic part of the brain.  All students in grades K-7 are provided art instruction each week.  Beginning in 8th grade, we offer a wide array of courses for students who have found an interest in visual arts including ceramics, photography, drawing, painting and digital arts.  

Church Street School Community Art Project!


Scholastic Art Award Winners!


Five students from Hamden High School have been recognized by Scholastic Art Awards for their art work.  Scholastic is considered the most important and prestigious arts awards in the Connecticut.  We are very proud to have five students recognized by Scholastic.  The following students were winners in the competition.  Their art work is on display at The University of Hartford Art School until January 31. 


Ethel Galvez Sargento    Grade 11    Silver Medal                   Drawing and Illustration


Allison Lancor             Grade 12        Honorary Mention          Mixed Media

Hayden Piterski          Grade 12         Honorary Mention          Painting


Adrian Roman            Grade 10         Silver Medal                      Drawing and Illustration


Ayal Kaffman              Grade 10         Honorary Mention           Painting






The Memory Project

Each year, the students in Mrs. Della Valle's class participate in The Memory Project.  The students create artistic portraits of students from various countries around the world.  The goal of the project is to make the world a kinder and smaller place through a gift of art.  See the photo above to view the beautiful portraits they sent out today!



Thanks to Mrs. Della Valle and all the art teacher for a GREAT Sidewalk Chalk Festival 2019.  Each year they turn the courtyard of the high school into an art playground.  This year's theme was music.  The students did an awesome job.  Congratulations!

Spring Glen Art Night 2019