Two of our teachers have just returned from leading a study tour of Italy, working with a partner in the larger network of Lasallian schools and helping to strengthen the connection between Saint Mary’s and DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. Dr. Richard Tristano, history department, and Preston Lawing, art and design department, accompanied 25 DeLaSalle honors students as they toured Italy for a college-credit class themed around the history, art and theology of Renaissance Italy. The students were on the Saint Mary’s campus for two days in early June, working with Dr. Tristano. That overnight visit gave students the opportunity to see the SMU campus, to get a feel for what college life is like, and to help make a connection that this was a university-level History/Art course. They then spent 10 days in Rome, Florence, Orrvieto and Vicchio. Among other highlights, the group visited the Christian Brothers Generalate in Rome, and worked with Brother Jerome Cox ’60 in his Vicchio art studio. Preston Lawing led the students through exercises on developing the Seven Principles of Creativity that Leonardo Da Vinci used to explore his Renaissance world.

Here’s a link to the DeLaSalle H.S. blog and photos of the trip.

Feature photo caption: The DeLaSalle study group toured Rome with Dr. Richard Tristano and Preston Lawing.

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