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Educational Helps - Why Bother With Art?

Written by Jesse Brooks
Educational Helps - Why Bother With Art?

Now that you’ve got your school day moving in rhythm, and the children’s noses are buried in their textbooks or computer screens, I’m going to give you a challenge. Break that rhythm. Just once a day, step outside. Take a walk around the neighborhood. See the changing colors of the foliage, or the golden sun that seems to get slightly closer to the horizon each afternoon. Really observe the changes in nature. Take photos, draw sketches or let it inspire writing.

Ironically, the fall is the time when I am most reminded of God as creator. It’s ironic because things seem to be dying, not coming to life. But I’m amazed that God could create a world that is cyclical like that. That prepares itself for dormancy so that it can be recreated in the spring.  We, as Christians, should also be reminded that we are made to be creative like Him. Edith Schaeffer said “Christians are to be conscious of the fact that we are made in His image and being conscious of it should recognize the importance of living artistically, aesthetically and creatively, as creative creatures of the Creator.”

Too often, art classes are pushed out of the curriculum at schools. Public schools shift their focus to test scores and art just doesn’t contribute. At Veritas, we see the importance of art and art history as a way of educating and enriching our faith. (If you need convincing, read our article HERE.) We integrate it into our linguistics program with the Phonics Museum curriculum and app in grammar school. We require art classes in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, and offer Art Studio electives in secondary school.

We understand the significance of art in a Christian world. We also understand that circumstances might not allow you to take your children to see the great works of art at their museum homes. So we’ve found some great resources for teaching your children without having to spend a dime. I really like the Art Curator for Kids. Every Monday, this blogger chooses a piece of artwork and talks about it in a way students can understand. It also includes some videos and printouts. Or you can take a virtual tour of some great museums like: The Louvre, The National Gallery, The Vatican Museums, The Courtauld and the Google Arts & Culture (formerly the Google Art Project).


By Lexi Detweiler