As an Art teacher at a Christian school, I had the opportunity to teach my students not just about Art in a broader sense – how to paint, draw, sculpt, or who the important artists are – but to teach them how creativity and artistic skill is a divinely given gift from God, granted to us when He created us in His image.
To teach younger students – preschool through 3rd grade – what the Bible says about Art, I developed a simple worksheet based off of scripture. Students that were able to write could fill in the blanks as we talked (the blanks would be the underlined script below). Younger students simply listened and participated in conversation. As your children or students get older, you can expand on the information in these topics, but remember to keep these abstract ideas simple for very young children.
With each of the topics below, add in your own discussions and examples, and feel free to point out and read Scripture to the students that correlates with the topic.
What the Bible Says About Art – Topic #1:
God is the first artist! In the book of Genesis, the Bible says that God created: the heavens and the earth, animals, night, day, water, birds, fish, flowers, people and more!
What the Bible Says About Art – Topic #2:
God gave each one of us different artistic talents (just like He has!), when He made us in His image, so that we could: paint, sculpt, draw, design, build, sew, fashion, print and more!
What the Bible Says About Art – Topic #3:
Although God can create anything He wants, people are limited because we can only create things using objects God has already made. This means we cannot make something out of nothing!
What the Bible Says About Art – Topic #4:
God wants us to think about, appreciate, enjoy and thank Him for the beautiful things He has created.
What the Bible Says About Art – Topic #5:
God loves for things to be beautiful. He created each flower, sunset and person to be different and beautiful. What else has God created to be different and beautiful?
What the Bible Says About Art – Topic #6:
In the book of Exodus, God commands the builders of the tabernacle to decorate the temple in gold, with curtains dyed to red, blue and purple, and to make bronze sculptures and angel designs in embroidery. It seems God really loves colors, and he loves all kinds of Art! Why wouldn’t God just instruct the builders to make a plain, boring building with no decoration?
Whether you are a Christian parent, work at a religious preschool or private school, it is crucially important to pass on your beliefs to your children. Most importantly, pertaining to the topic of Art, let your children know that creative talent is a gift from God, that God cares about Art and beauty, and that He has stated His thoughts in the Bible for everyone to know.
In close, Francis Schaeffer, one of the greatest writers on the topic of Art and Christianity, stated the following in his book, Art and the Bible (1973):
“If God made the flowers, they are worth painting and writing about. If God made the birds, they are worth painting. If God made the sky, the sky is worth painting. If God made the ocean, indeed it’s worth writing poetry about. It is worth man’s while to create works upon the basis of the great works God has already created.”
Schaeffer, Francis. Art and the Bible. (Intervarsity, 1973).