Studio Art for Teens

Sharon Jeffus

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2014 Lessons: Angels, Journaling, and Outer Space Art

* Note: Teacher Sharon Jeffus posted three February and March lessons for us (links below) and is now taking a break until late May or June 1, 2014. Sharon is making plans now for new lessons, so look for her return to the site! In the meantime, Sharon has 12 months of archived lessons on the site (links below). — Ed.


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Welcome back to Studio Art for Teens as we continue with three 2014 lessons. Our first is “Angels in Art,” the second “The Importance of Keeping a Journal,” and the third the very fun “Outer Space Art.” These lessons are now posted.

In this first lesson of the New Year, I want to quote Billy Graham. The evangelist once said, “Believers look up, for the angels are nearer than you think. Angels often protect God’s servants from potential enemies.” Let’s look at angels in art. . . .

Head inside (the links are just below) to find our first three fun lessons for 2014!

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December’s final lesson, posted for you on December 16, is a combination of art and poetry. First, we have wonderful Christmas and winter scenes, such as from Currier and Ives. I have other great winter art scenes along the way, and some beautiful poetry. You’ll be moved by a famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, of which you may not know the entire story, which we’ll learn here. Then my lesson ends with a special gift for teens or moms who are looking for new ideas for Christmas gifts.

I present this idea at the end of the article. I went into a high-end gallery and saw that an artist had taken thrift store large ceramic animals and created something completely new out of the shape. The artist painted the animals in patterns and themes and made them special. With the popularity of thrift stores growing rapidly, this is an idea for you to save money on a fun and personalized gift—any time of year.

The other idea was formulated when I went to the Christians in Visual Art (CIVA) art show and discovered the art of a gentleman who worked on cardboard with latex enamel. This makes painting large more economical for families.

May all my readers have a blessed and wonderful Christmas! Thanks for joining me for my lessons in 2013! Jesus bless you all.

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Welcome to Studio Art for Teens. My goal is to have lessons that teach the elements and principles of art step by step, look at master works of art that show technique in media, and present projects that reinforce how to do the different techniques and styles of the masters.

We will study the different time periods in art by looking at different artists that painted in that period.  A sample would be in the first element of art, which is line—we have master artists Gustave Dore and Vincent Van Gogh. We then do projects that reinforce the power of line in art.

If you haven’t yet, you’ll want to review my February through May material, which can be accessed below. We learned about space, form, value and value in color, Expressionism, visual rhythm, overlapping, and much more, like balance in art. We will continue building on the elements and principles of art and techniques and learn from the masters.

In my course, we will showcase student artists each month and incorporate student art into some of the lessons. Our new student artist is Kathryn Scott! Check out her work at the links just below; we’ll feature Kathryn through the month of June.

Go to the Student Art Gallery to see Kathryn’s work, as well as the previously posted work of Rachel Fetting, Alyssa Engel, Hannah Marsh, Shannon Fultz, and Juliet Dunteman.


See more student work in the Student Art Gallery.

We think you’ll enjoy seeing the works of these talented young people Visual Manna Media mentors young artists to use their art in practical and uplifting ways. We teach students to do murals, graphic art, and fine art. I teach and mentor students online and have camps and internships available.

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Sharon Jeffus

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sharonSharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University. She studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Southern Illinois University. She has written more than twenty books and has the internationally known company Visual Manna. Sharon wrote her first book in 1992 and developed the Visual Manna teaching method, where art is integrated with art appreciation, techniques, vocabulary, and core subjects. She also  has written an Indian Arts and Crafts program that was rated Outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sharon taught Intensive English as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Missouri-Rolla and has given presentations on teaching art to college classes, including Azusa Pacific University and Columbia College and the Audubon Society. She homeschooled her two sons, Jonathan and Joshua, and is a proud homeschool mom and a grandma want-to-be.

One of Sharon’s most instructional books has been newly reprinted by Rainbow Resources and can be found at .

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Course transcript information*


The goal of this series of lessons is for students to understand media, techniques, and the processes in art. Students will understand how to initiate and solve visual art problems using the elements and principles of art. Students will study master artists throughout history and see how visually, spatially, and functionally art is related to culture and history. Students will learn how to analyze a work. They will understand how to assess the merits of their own work. Students will look at the connection between the visual arts and other disciplines, primarily literature.

All of the lessons completed, including the lessons that combine literature and art, would constitute one credit hour of high school art.  This includes 10 months of 2013 lessons and the three lessons presented in February and March 2014.

Go here for the archived 10 months of 2013 lessons:

— Sharon Jeffus

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