Visual Arts

Our Amazing Art Teachers



Linda Dempsey - Visual Arts

Ryan Dolan - Ceramics

Melissa Gonzales - Visual Arts

Tamsin Gosselin - Photography

Molly Hennessy - Digital Arts


Laura Boehning - 7th Grade Art

David Hubbard - 7th Grade Art

Andres Sanchez - 7th/8th Grade Art


Marc Alongi - Dunbar Hill

Brian Chasnoff - Helen Street

Rachael DaCunto - Ridge Hill

Andy Debenedet - Bear Path

Travis Duffy - Church Street

Jane Kos - West Woods

Julies Ly - Shepherd Glen

Patrick Sullivan - Spring Glen

Karen Wakeley - Alice Peck

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.  

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Townwide Art Show 2022

Please note the time, 6-8pm, which is adjusted from our original schedule. Please come and celebrate all of the amazing artwork from all of our Hamden schools!

Hamden Townwide Art Show, Thursday April 7th, 6-8pm at Hamden Middle School



Hamden Public Schools offers a broad range of artistic opportunities for students in all of our schools. Here are just a few examples of student work across grade levels and course offerings below. 

Calendar Recognition 2021

Billboard Design Contest 2020

Church Street School Community Art Project

Hamden Middle School Art Show 2020

HHS Memory Project

Each year, HHS art students 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!

HHS Sidewalk Chalkfest 2019

Thanks to Mrs. Della Valle and all the art teachers for a GREAT Sidewalk Chalk Festival 2019. Each year they turn the courtyard of the high school into an art playground. We have missed having this annual event the last few years and hope to bring it back soon when protocols allow- stay tuned!