Monday, May 3, 2010

Art Camp

On a rainy day last winter, the girls and I painted Monet's Water Lilies. When my husband and I were in Paris last fall, I kept asking him to buy me one of those Monets, and he kept telling me that if I could find one for sale then he would buy it. We never saw any price tags, so I came home without a Monet. So instead, the girls and I painted our own and I kind of liked ours better anyways...kind of.Then last summer I had every intention of hosting bible art camp at my house. I am a "pretend artist" and I thought it would be fun to do this with my girls and some other little friends whose mothers were looking for ways to fill the long days of summer. But then I remembered that Thomas the terrorist was crawling everywhere, and I figured the timing wasn't great. I am now hoping that this summer we can make it work, even though Thomas is still a terrorist, only now he is walking and not crawling. We practiced last week with Daniel's lions and I was pleased with how they turned out, and the girl's ability to use craypas, a very cool medium!

So as I begin this process of already over committing myself before the summer has even begun; can you help me plan my "curriculum"? What are some other great bible stories that we could learn about and then easily demonstrate through art?



Rebekah said...

Ooo! Ooo! Fun!
- God's promise to Abraham + Van Gogh's Starry Night
- David + Michelangelo's David + some censoring
- The Creation of Man + The obvious choice of again Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel
- The Last Supper + Leonardo Da Vinci
- The fruits of the Spirit still life
- a mosaic of just about any story - google mosaics for great examples
- something with fabric + the story of Lydia or Joseph's coat of many colors

Leah C said...

In high school, I took four years of French class{but I can barely speak the language}...and I loved studying the French Impressionists. Monet was/is my favorite artist:) The paintings done by you & your girls are so pretty! And thank you for stopping by my blog; it's nice to meet you, too:)

WhiteWhispers2u said...

G'Day~So very nice to meet you as well.I have a love for Art as well.I have three Girls and they all seem to like it in some form or another, so keep up the good work with your Girls it will last forever!

Great job! ~Cheers Kim

Between You and Me said...

David and could teach them about overcoming fear...and the other "giants" in their lives.

Jonah and the could teach them about obedience to God even when he's asking us to something hard.

Noah and the and obedience

7 days of creation

the list goes on and on...

Can't WAIT to see what all you do..please post pics!

Jill said...

Wow, you and your girls have some serious art skillz! Your girls' paintings look way better than anything I could do. Amazing! Your girls can be super-models or artists when they grow up. ;-) They are absolutely beautiful!

Art ideas~Jonah and the whale, the garden of Eden, Jesus walking on water, or any of Jesus's miracles he performed, the flood or the dove that brought the olive branch back.

Esther@EnchantedBungalow said...

I like Queen Esther. Such a woman of strenght!

Liz Barnett said...

I have no ideas but am annoyed that you are once again making me look like a lame-o mother who never does this cool stuff with her kids :)

Kristi said...

oh how I would LOVE to go to Paris!! And I love your Monet's as well! We have the same easel!! :)
I absolutely LOVE your home! We are building and I want my siding the same color as your painted brick!!! Can you tell me what color it is? Is it Tan? I know it's hard to tell on different monitors! We are using a mix of materials, siding, brick and vertical siding. And I think we are going to attempt making our board and batten shutters!! I got a price of wood composite and almost died, LOL! $300 for ONE pair! Umm no! :)

Jemsmom said...

There is a teaching guide book that I used in my class called Masterpiece of the Month. It takes famous artwork and shows how to do it for kids. You could use those artists and ideas and see what story you connect with it.

The Garden of Eden could be beautiful with so many colors and flowers.
The parting of the Red Sea using watercolors

I love your lion! Not only do you decorate like a dream, but you are artistic to boot! You are one amazing lady!

Jewel said...

Wow, what a cool idea. First of all thanks for coming by and commenting. It so encouraged me and it helped me find your blog:) I love the idea of a kids bible art camp and if I were you I don't think I would call myself a pretend artist from what I've seen so far. My favorite idea so far mentioned is the Fruits of the Spirit still life:)

By the way, I nicknamed one of mine "Hurricane Ruby";)

A Cupcake for Moose said...

What a great idea! I think it would be neat to see how kids paint what heaven would look like to them. Love the lilies & lions, by the way. And I'm loving your blog! So happy to find you!

Have a great day!
Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

Happy Mom said...

It's good to meet you too!

I love the story of the boy Samuel. And Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego.

Beautiful water lilies!

Monica said...

Check out the website They are working on an online Bible. There is a passage of Scripture and then a question for children to consider. They are encouraged to answer the question through art. Right now they are illustrating the book of John.

What a great idea for a summer camp!

Tonia {Chic Modern Vintage} said...

I'm with Monica, great idea or Summer camp.

sara said...

What wonderful works of art....I'd take those over a Monet any day of the week. :)

SMMART ideas said...

Just found your blog...I love the water lilly paintings and can't wait to paint them with my girls (3 little darlings!)

I think you would like the learning activities on my blog. I also have a list of art teaching blogs on my blogroll that may suit your fancy.

Take care and thanks for sharing!


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