I thank God that we have the opportunity to meet a special need, art education for children, while incorporating our faith. It’s so cool at the end of the week to see these kids walk away with 15 different art projects while quoting scripture!
Each year, we have a theme that runs through the art camp. A couple of years ago, we had the theme of Kintsugi, the art of taking something broken and making it even better. Our art used recycled materials, giving them new life as we talked about how Jesus can give us new life. Last year, we went Around the World, and taught art projects based on different cultures found all over. This allowed us to talk with real-world missionaries in those parts of the world and discover they share God’s great love.
This year, our theme was Glow. In addition to our Art Smart class (which taught color theory) and World Art class (which picked up from last year), we added a Glow Art class. Our wonderful volunteers transformed two of our rooms into blacklight studios where kids could make special glowing creations.
Some of the art they made would look normal in the day, but when placed under blacklight would shine in the darkness. One project they worked on was even invisible until it was placed under the special lights.
We went with a glow theme this year because all of our Bible lessons were based on who Jesus is, and we know that Jesus is the light!
In John 8:12, we read, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Kids saw what it meant that Jesus is the light, engulfing the darkness of sin and showing us the way.
On the last day, we talked about how we can glow for Jesus. In Matthew 5, we see how believers are called to be light. Children who follow Jesus as Lord discovered ways they can glow, being a light for Jesus in Baton Rouge and beyond.
Right now, we’ve asked for feedback from volunteers and parents so we can continue improving. Yes, that’s right! It’s already time to start thinking about Masterpiece Kids 2018! Go ahead and mark your calendars for July 9-13th! Hope to see you there!