Educating Future Artists on the Classical Foundations of the Past

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Virtual Classroom, or Virtual Education?

Do you enjoy sitting in a concrete block classroom behind a square desk trapped in a grid? Many online schools have tried to recreate the classroom in a virtual setting. Students meet virtually for class on a screen full of boxes. A chat box. A participant’s box. A PPT box. A teacher’s talking head box. Is spending all this time in boxes really the best way to learn?

Renaissance Academy uses modern technology to enhance student learning, not to put learners in a box. Students are given a playlist of videos and animations to enjoy in their own time, in their own way, whether on their phone while waiting in line or at home on their big screen TV. Teachers  design exercises and projects to guide students in creating meaningful learning experiences. Then, small groups of students (no more than 9 at a time) meet with their teacher face to face in an online video conference to share their work and discuss what they have been learning. Students make real connections with their teacher, with each other, and with new knowledge.  

Aristotle and Plato met with members of their schools at the Lyceum and the Academy, where they walked about discussing and discovering while in a garden or grove of trees. Contemporary researchers have made modern discoveries into how we learn, including how best to develop creativity. Many current Classical schools have based their models on the educational system of the Dark Ages.  

Renaissance Academy sheds the light of modern world learning theory onto the principles of classical antiquity. Today, teachers and students can meet face to face to discuss, discover and create, wherever they live. Welcome to Virtual Education!


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What Students Say…

I took two years of art with Mrs. Cannon. I started out loving art and now adore it, and I’m better equipped to pursue it. It was extremely helpful to have feedback on my artwork and I loved her comments, they were always thoughtful and useful. Mrs. Cannon didn’t just treat me as a kid who sent her smart-phone-taken pictures of art, she took the time to help me through the difficult spots, she answered my pleas for help every time a disaster seemed to hit me, and she offered advice when I floundered in a black hole of art. My time with her has been a blessing. I recommend her to anyone who wishes to learn a greater love of art, and anyone who wants to have fun doing it.

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