We are works of art

Creative crafts

Stop by an art gallery and observe different creative styles, then create your own work of art.

Discussion point: We treat all God’s “works of art” (people) with respect.

Take part of a morning or afternoon to stop by a local art gallery or museum. Prior to entering the gallery, explain what kind of behaviour shows respect for the artwork and other people who are there.

Basic rules include speaking in quiet voices, being polite as you discuss the artwork, looking with your eyes only, not touching with your hands, and walking calmly in the gallery as horseplay can damage artwork and be disruptive.

Spend time looking at all of the different styles of paintings there are. Point out how each one is beautiful in a unique way. Have your children pick out a favourite artist and ask why they like the style of that artist’s work. On the drive home, explain that we are all “works of art,” fashioned uniquely by God.

When you get home, allow your children to create their own work of art. Admire it and tell them it is as uniquely wonderful as they are. Ask your children how they felt when you appreciated the beauty of their art. Tell them it makes God happy when we treat His artwork (other people) with respect and consideration (Ephesians 2:10, Isaiah 43:7, Psalm 139:14).

In the future, when you hear your children speaking disrespectfully, you can remind them to treat others as valuable works of art who have been created by God.

Note: A scaled down version of this activity can be done by critiquing the art and illustrations in a variety of children’s books.

Relevant Scripture

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Isaiah 43:7 “…everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.”

Psalm 139:14 “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”