Studying Renaissance Art

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Patricia Stork, an art teacher at Babylon Memorial Grade School and advisor for the grades 7-9 art club, was one of 51 participants in the National Gallery of Art’s Teacher Institute 2015: Art of the Renaissance, held in Washington, D.C.

The six-day seminar brought together teachers of art, English, history, math and related subjects from 25 states. The program emphasized the social and cultural context of Renaissance art in Italy and northern countries between the 14th and 16th centuries.

Participants studied works by leading Renaissance artists and learned about the development of oil painting techniques, the role of prints in disseminating new ideas, using works of art as primary resources in classroom instruction, incorporating art into interdisciplinary teaching, and strengthening students’ visual literacy.