10 Tips for Using Summer Art in Ministry

by Marian Bach

Arts & Faith

Here are some practical ways to use art in your ministry during the summer, using everything from crayons and cardboard to clay and music.

For more tips, visit Loyola Press’s Vacation Bible School.

Tip #1
Illustrate the Creation Story with Flowers
Beautiful and colorful flowers are everywhere in the summer. Take colored paper and cut out paper daisies of all colors. Attach the flowers to a cardboard backdrop of green-colored grass and blue sky, and read Genesis.

Tip #2
Find God with Sidewalk Chalk

Use sidewalk chalk and have children draw what they see in the world around them.  With sidewalk chalk in hand, artistic expression will abound.

Tip #3
Teach Kids about Service

Artistic expression is a way to open the hearts and minds of children in service to others. Using paint and patterns, have children decorate flower pots. Fill them with soil and plant some flowers to give to others who could use cheering up.

To see ideas 4-10, go to http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/prayer/arts-and-faith/visual-arts/ten-tips-for-using-art-in-summer-ministry

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