Monday, September 5, 2016

Adventist Learning Community Announces R.A.I.N. Art Resource for 9th Grade!

Each letter of RAIN refers to a stage of learning that the curriculum will address.
Rediscover- Looking with fresh eyes at God, His creation (yourself, your environment, and others).
Appreciate- Stimulating thankfulness for God’s acts of love.
Immerse-Going deep into a state of creativity and focus. Investigating ideas that the Lord places on your mind.
Nourish- Art-making as enrichment for your life and for the lives of others.

Contextualizing art education in a Creationist and Biblical worldview leads to awesome potential, encouragement, validation, mission, and companionship in the art-making process. Seeking to work with the Creator God opens our minds to the possibilities that He can orchestrate to inspire new works, whether it be through people we meet, or experiences that we have. It also brings purpose and meaning to our work as we aim to glorify Him and communicate His messages to others. As we obey Him, He also promises His help.

The image of rain refers to God’s blessings and nourishment for our creative endeavors and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. It is a reminder to ask for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide the creative process, allowing God to use us and influence our thoughts. The fluidity of rain is also a symbol of flow in creativity. May our work be  a blessing to others as continuation of His outpouring in us.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1”
R.A.I.N. is an art resource for Grade 9 consisting of 36 weekly lessons with video.  

Grade 9 is a critical stage for continuing to focus on art education. Many may have already stopped their instinctive creative expressions by this time. Art educator Betty Edwards writes, “Age nine or ten seems to mark the abrupt end of children’s artistic development in terms of drawing skills. At this age, children confront an artistic crisis, a conflict between their increasingly complex perceptions of the world around them and their current level of drawing skills to depict what they see”(64). Grade 9 then, is a wonderful opportunity for developing advanced skills in perception through drawing instruction and other art activity. Edwards also explains how improving perceptual skills has great potential for problem-solving in any field (XVI).

This resource includes opportunities to use art as a means to connect with and serve others and bring hope to communities. Artist Charlie Peacock writes, “Other-centered living (after the model of Jesus) is at the very heart of good art-making” (246).

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