Over the summer, Copper Mill art teacher Darryl Alello was chosen from hundreds of teachers across the country to attend the 2015 Summer Teacher Institute: The Art of the Renaissance in Washington, D.C.

For his efforts, he was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Zachary School Board on Sept. 15.

From July 27 through Aug. 1, Alello and 24 other educators examined visual art of the Renaissance as it found expression in the independent city-states of Italy and the Low Countries from the 14th through 16th centuries.

Renaissance, meaning rebirth, refers to the humanistic revival of classical culture and learning with its underlying belief in the creative potential of humankind, Alello said.

During the six-day program, Alello attended lectures; studied Italian and Northern Renaissance art and social history from the 1300s through the 1500s; studied works by leading Renaissance artists, including painters Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden; met with other educators of all grade levels and subjects; gained hands-on experiences; and shared lessons.

“By attending the institute, I’ve tried to make the learning experience of the Renaissance period for our students more enjoyable,” Alello said.

According to program literature, the Art of the Renaissance demonstrates interdisciplinary teaching strategies, introduces activities designed to meet teachers’ personal and professional enrichment needs, encourages the use of artwork as primary sources in classroom instruction, shares models for incorporating art into interdisciplinary teaching and strengthens students’ visual literacy.