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Recipients of RSA High School Teaching Grants

For more information on RSA grants in support of innovative teaching of Renaissance studies to high school students, see the main grants page.

2018–19 Academic Year Grantees


Jessica Rose Garrett, AP Art History, Murray High School, Murray, Utah

American Architecture in a Renaissance Revival: A Tour

Project Study Guide (PDF)

In 2015, the AP Art History curriculum underwent a significant overhaul making cross-cultural comparisons even more necessary. This led to planning a student tour to New York City with the goal of experiencing American architecture created in the time of a Renaissance revival. As American founders and philanthropists were looking to architects such as Andrea Palladio and families such as the Medici, our country developed building and art collecting practices that, though Renaissance inspired, were woven into the fabric of our national political and social identity.

Through the financial support of the RSA Grant in Support of Innovative Teaching of Renaissance Studies to High School Students, students were able to tour through the Metropolitan Museum, Frick Gallery, and Museum of Modern Art. They saw architectural drawings and treatises at Avery Library and visited the Morris-Jumel Mansion, eventually making their own drawings of the mansion as well as Low Library at Columbia University and Hamilton Grange.

Upon returning home, the class organized an exhibition of their architectural drawings, complete with summary placards. Students, faculty, and administration were invited to tour through the "gallery" with student docents who personally explained the transmission of Renaissance architectural and art collecting practices from Europe to America as well as the role that architectural drawings played in this important process.

Ultimately, students were able to recognize the interpretation of Renaissance art and architecture in the United States as these practices took on a different hue that, while European Renaissance at its foundation, was distinctly American.

Maggie Ellen Ray, AP English Language and Composition, Bowie High School, Bowie, Maryland

The Commonplace Book Project

Students in an AP Language and Composition Class will learn about Renaissance Commonplace books in order to prepare for creating and maintaining their own commonplace book as a study guide for the AP Language exam and as an artifact to represent modern usage of diverse rhetorical strategies. The project will give students first-hand experience of Renaissance patterns of learning, reading, and remembering. Commonplace books will be both digital and analog.

A full report on this project will be posted soon.

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