WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sharon Leahy, a history and social studies teacher at Governor Livingston High School was selected as one of only 53 participants of the 2017 National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute on Art of the Renaissance held in Washington, D.C., in July.

The six-day seminar brought together teachers of art, English, history, math, and related subjects from 22 different states. The program emphasized the social and cultural context of Renaissance art in Italy and Northern European countries between the 14th and 16th centuries. The term Renaissance, meaning “rebirth,” refers to the humanistic revival of classical culture and learning with its underlying belief in the creative potential of humankind. Participants studied works by leading Renaissance artists as represented in the Gallery’s permanent collection, including the painters Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian. Participants 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.

Through lectures, gallery talks, and hands-on activities, participants analyzed Renaissance artworks and focused on interdisciplinary teaching strategies. Activities were designed to meet teachers' personal and professional enrichment needs. A demonstration of Venetian painting techniques and a site visit to a printmaker’s studio at Georgetown University rounded out the Institute’s course of study.

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Generous support for the Teacher Institute was provided by the Park Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Sara Shallenberger Brown Fund, the PaineWebber Endowment, and the Annetta J. and Robert M. Coffelt Sr. and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Endowed Fellowship.

Ms. Leahy was awarded a grant  for $1,000 through Investors Bank and the Investors Bank Foundation so she could attend these lectures, gallery tours, teaching strategies meetings, and hands-on learning experiences. She intends to share the creation of new lessons and/or resources regarding Renaissance art. In addition, she will look to create a workshop for multiple grades and disciplines that would focus on the use of art as a primary source. Also, Ms. Leahy would like to share models for incorporating art into interdisciplinary teaching and to strengthen students' visual literacy.

Teacher Institute 2017

For more than 25 years the Gallery’s Teacher Institute has offered educators the opportunity for intellectual renewal and professional exchange with colleagues in a museum setting. To date, more than 2,600 teachers have participated in the program. To learn more about the Teacher Institute, visit www.nga.gov/teacherinstitute

The Teacher Institute is a program of the Gallery’s division of education, which produces and distributes instructional materials on a free loan basis to schools throughout the nation. To learn more about other educational resources of the National Gallery of Art, visit the Gallery’s Web site at http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/learningresources.html

Other educational programs include:

Online Lessons, Activities, and Resources

https://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/teachers/lessons-activities.html

This is the primary Gallery Web site where teachers and students can connect works of art in the Gallery’s collection with their curriculum. It offers online lessons for teachers and provides easy and immediate access to teaching packets, reproductions, and DVDs and videos on art.

NGAkids

https://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/kids.html

An entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history, NGAkids online offers a variety of art-making tools, games, and narratives suitable for children of all ages. Featuring highlights of the National Gallery's permanent collection, content related to special exhibitions, and Art Zone interactive features that encourage artistic exploration and creativity, this Web site, created especially for kids, provides hours of online enjoyment.

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