Student Art Gallery May Week 5

Student Art Gallery

I was raised in a Christian home, and for most of my academic life I was homeschooled along with my twin sister, Carolyn. Art was always a subject of great enjoyment and interest for me, and it came fairly easily.

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The classroom setting at the Christian school we attended in my early years sort of stifled my passion for art for a few years—we had to rush and do the assigned task. Not that I didn’t learn; it just seemed more of a job than the creative pastime I had grown to love before public school. I decided instead to learn piano along with my sister, but it didn’t come naturally for me, as it did for her. (Or, for her, as drawing came naturally for me.)

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I started taking private water color/portrait classes to strengthen my skill, and enjoyed it so very much that I would often paint into the early morning hours! I graduated from high school and decided to discontinue my classes, but my passion was still there—I was simply unsure what to do with it. Shortly after, I was introduced to Sharon Jeffus. She praised my work and shared with me her vision: To use the arts to visually impact our contemporary culture for Christ. That thought had never once crossed my mind, and I was surprised at myself!

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From there, with her help and God’s leadership, I designed and painted Christian murals, developed characters for children’s books, and taught younger children art lessons. Thanks to His Lions, I learned that God doesn’t give you passion or gifts to hide away or only use for your own pleasure. Those gifts are meant to be used to minister to others and to give Him, the one who blessed you with the skill, the glory.

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No matter what you’re passion is, whether art, music, leadership, or even having tenderness toward little children and those in need of encouragement—I challenge you to use it to glorify God, further his kingdom, and encourage the body of Christ. :)

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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as for the Lord, and not for man” (Colossians 3:23). 

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Student Art Gallery May

Student Art Gallery

Hi, my name is Rachel Fetting. I’m seventeen, a Christian, and a homeschooler. People often believe that you’re either born artistic or not. RachelFettingDrawing1 This may be true in some cases (art prodigies and such); however; a lot of artists are just regular people like you and me. Everyone has different talents and passions. I didn’t really discover my passion for drawing till I was fifteen.

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I’ve been attracted to drawing since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until I was fifteen that I decided that I wanted to be intentional in my art. Intentionally doing my best to improve.

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It was during that year I realized how important practice and being intentional is to becoming good at something. It’s a lesson that can be applied to all aspects of life. If I’m going to do something, I should do it well.

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One of the hardest things is for me to figure out the best way to use my art for God’s glory. I’m not sure I even want to go to college for art, or if I want it to be my main career. I enjoy it as a side business and hobby.

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Right now I’m exploring different mediums and opportunities. I’m not worried about my future, just praying for guidance. Even if, to some people, my future and career seem obvious, I am yet undecided.

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Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

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You can follow my artistic journey at my blog: Off-The-Wall-Art — http://off-the-wall-art.blogspot.com/ — where you can find my latest work, material/book reviews, drawing and painting tips, and links to some of my favorite resources.

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— Rachel Fetting

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Student Art Gallery April

Student Art Gallery

Hello. I’m Alyssa Engel, a 15-year-old living in Kansas City.

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I’ve always been an artistic person—no matter what media it is, I love it!

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I jump from hobby to hobby, but 98 percent of the time what I’m working on has to do with art.

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Whether it is photography, interior design, graphic design, jewelry making, or just flat out sketching and painting, I’ve done it!

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I believe that art is a great way to spread God’s Word and visualize thoughts and feelings. Just by going on a hike and setting up shop and painting what you see around you, you’re showing God’s wonders in your own beautiful way. Not only are you sharing that with others, but you’re immersing yourself in it and taking the time to study what He made.

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I hope that everything I make and do with my life shines Christ’s light and shows others that in a new and unique way.

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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

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Student Art Gallery March Wk 3

Student Art Gallery

For the last two weeks of March I want to share with you the artwork of Hannah Marsh. There are six wonderful pieces of her art.

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Find her expression of color—that’s what this week’s lesson is about on the Lesson Page—in both her depiction of Ruth and in the lion.

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She also has a picture of a wizard who looks a lot like Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings! (This one is in black and white.)

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This logo demonstrates color and shading.

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Here is Hannah alongside 2 murals she has worked on.

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— Sharon Jeffus

Student Art Gallery Gallery March Week 1

Student Art Gallery

This week I want to share with you the artwork of Shannon Fultz. There are four wonderful pieces of her art and a photo of Shannon in a theater performance. I think you’ll enjoy them.

Find the perspective talked about in this week’s (March 4) lesson in her artwork of the snowy mountain.

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Shannon shares about herself, below.

— Sharon Jeffus

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I have loved art as long as I can remember. At a young age, I liked to think up crazy creatures and places, and art was a way to share my creations with the world. My parents encouraged me to take classes through many different programs available to homeschoolers.

Sharon Jeffus helped me realize how easily I could turn this hobby into a ministry. Different people are touched in different ways. While some people are drawn to God by biblical evidences, service, etc., the hearts of others can be touched by arts.

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I take dance lessons five hours a week with the Heart of America Dance Center Homeschool Program. While dance can have a bad reputation because it is sometimes used inappropriately, dance is one of my favorite ways to worship God. Through dance you can tell stories and express many powerful ideas and emotions without using words.

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Drama is another wonderful way to reach people. It can make people laugh or cry or think.Christian Youth Theatre has given me the opportunity to learn to use drama as a ministry as well.

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— Shannon Fultz

Student Art Gallery February Week 3

Student Art Gallery

I’d like to introduce you to the work of Juliet Dunteman, a student of mine. There are six pieces of her work displayed this week, and one shot of her at work on a piece of art.

These works, from Juliet, display excellent texture.

More from Juliet, and myself, below. — Sharon Jeffus

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“Hello, my name is Juliet Dunteman, and I am a 19-year-old residing in Kansas City, Missouri with my family. I love creating art, not only because it’s something that I’m particularly gifted in, but because it is a great way for me to express what is in my mind. It is a tangible, visible creation from me.

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Just like we are all humans who look like our parents, but are completely our own persons, art is my child. And while it looks like me, it speaks for itself. Colossians 3:3 states, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” When I gave my life to the Lord, I also gave Him my talents. My desire is that everything I create would come from His mind and glorify His Father, the Master Artist.”

— Juliet Dunteman

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From Sharon Jeffus:

“I have had Juliet Dunteman as student for more than three years. She does wonderful murals. She has been doing them for commission for a couple of years now. She also has been teaching with me and now is teaching on her own. She is an excellent teacher. She said her favorite medium right now, although she loves them all, is pen and ink.”

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Juliet Dunteman 7_Juliet at workSharon Jeffus has an internship program for students to train them in painting murals and teaching art. Contact her for more information at vmmclasses.com or email her at visualmanna@gmail.com.