Chapter four was another chapter I didn’t expect to glean a lot from, despite the fact that I really have an appreciation for visual arts. The phase of life I’m in right now (I have four children age nine and under, and I’m nursing a six week old baby) leaves virtually no free time (well, except for blogging occasionally 😉 ). As much as I’d like to explore my own creative side through the visual arts (and I really would, as this post indicates), I know now isn’t the time for it. Except. . .except that’s sort of the whole point of this book, right?–that making time for such pursuits is important. The biggest thing I gleaned from this chapter is inspiration; as Schaeffer says, ” Ideas carried out stimulate more ideas.” The ideas she expounds upon in this chapter have inspired me, though most of my thoughts run in the direction of how I can apply this with my children in our home and homeschool.
Here are my take-aways from this chapter in bullet points, because that’s about all my sleep-deprived brain can muster right now:
- I love the idea of visually representing one’s notes for sermons, etc. My girls attend children’s church on Sunday mornings, and honestly, note-taking at church is not something I’m even in the habit of doing, but I think there’s some application of this we could make in our home. I’ve been intrigued by these GrapeVine Bible studies, but I’ve never purchased one or even tried out a free sample lesson. They use sketching or “stick figuring through the Bible” as an effective way for children and adults to understand what they read. Of course, purchasing a curriculum is totally unnecessary, as Schaeffer’s examples prove. Still, though, sometimes a little hand-holding helps me along, and in the absence of sermons to take notes in this way from, maybe a Bible study like this would be an encouragement and help.
- I’ve linked to this artist’s blog before, but I can’t resist doing it again in light of this chapter. Erin Leigh has a series on scripture art journaling that I think perfectly captures the ideas expressed in chapter four. Some day I will do this! (I know, Edith, I know–I’ve got to make time for art!)
- This chapter also reminded me of Monica’s posts about creative worship over at The Homespun Heart. (This is a photo-heavy post that contains links to other posts about the same topic.) I love the idea of settling in with some art supplies and worship music and scripture and seeing what comes of it. Our household (rather chaotic lately) could use an infusion of peace that I think this might bring.
So basically what this chapter has inspired me to do so far is read a bunch of blog posts. 😉
A few weeks ago I had a little get-together at home, and my eldest daughter was determined to help decorate our dining room. She busily made a small collection of Japanese lanterns and hung them in the wide doorway into the dining room. She then took her sister’s collection of very intricate, hand-cut snowflakes and hung them, suspended, from another door facing. Both of my girls have an appreciation for visual arts that manifests itself in unique-to-them ways. My biggest goal in all of this is to nurture this treasure.