Marbleized Designs

Students will understand that you don’t need fancy equipment to create art as they marbleize paper designs using household products. They will incorporate different colors and techniques to make each marbleized paper distinctive.

Students will learn an art process and technique following specific steps to create unique designs that transfer onto paper. They will collaborate together while developing their marbleized designs, which later may be framed or combined with additional paper and materials and organized into a post card, drawing booklet or portfolio.

A Spiritual Parallel: God, the Master Designer, desires us (His Church) to come together, mix, blend, and unite in Christ's love forming a uniquely influential body (family) of victorious believers.

Creative Face Drawing

Using pencils, markers and paper students will create a colorful face drawing. Students will first be guided through a drawing exercise highlighting various facial features. They will then select a small portion of a large illustration depicting a group of multi-cultural youth. Their small section will then be cut out and adhered onto a hexagonal drawing surface. From this, each participant will create a "face" image that reflects his or her individual personality, drawing technique, and creative approach.

Students will render facial features in an inventive fashion while learning shading and color blending techniques. The final images can be displayed individually or joined together to for a larger community presentation.

A Spiritual Parallel: Although we have our own personality, demeanor and physical attributes, we are reminded that we are made in the image of God who is more concerned with our inner nature than outer appearances.  His desire is for our inner (Godly) nature be made visiable to the world through our conversations, actions and behaviors.

Printed Designs

Students will explore the art of printmaking and design through a simple print process using foam plates, pencils, paper, ink and brayers.

Students will employ basic compositional elements while developing a unique image, prepare a printing plate and print a series of black, white and colored designs.

A Spiritual Parallel: Everyone is designed to make his or her mark for Christ in the world. God is molding, carving and shaping us to imprint His message of Love on every human heart.

Letterform Designs

After a brief time of introspection students will identify a special word to represent them and then incorporate the word into a design composition.

Students will create their own letterforms and integrate color, texture, overlapping and intersecting shapes and patterns and employ various drawing techniques and materials to produce a striking art piece.

A Spiritual Parallel: Each of us has a story to tell. In scripture we are referred to as “living espials” (like living letters or stories from Christ) written not with ink, paint or colored pencils but with the Spirit of the living God, not on paper, canvas or tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Clay Creations

Students will explore texture using clay, found objects from nature and some human-made materials. Students will experiment to discover how different materials can imprint textural impressions into a 5x5 square slab of clay. These will later be bisque fired and returned to the group for staining or painting back in the school classroom.

Students will learn about the art element of texture and ceramic processes, locate natural objects with texture and imprint them onto clay. These clay forms could be used simply as design objects or function as trivets or coasters.

A Spiritual Parallel: Like clay, God is molding us day by day. We must allow the Master Potter to shape and form us into what we are designed by Him to be.

High Contrast Designs

Students will create several high contrast black and white designs by cutting and pealing mat board materials.

Students will use art-framing tools and materials to craft strikingly bold designs while giving consideration to line, shape, pattern, and other compositional elements.

A Spiritual Parallel: Throughout life we will often need to cut, peel away and shed things that are not beneficial to us. These may include certain things we do or say regularly, ways of behaving, programs we watch or listen to, things we eat or drink, even friends that are misleading us intentionally or unintentionally.

Creative Button Designs

Using colored pencils, markers and paper students will make several circular designs incorporating their names and other shapes, patterns and drawn textures. These will then be colored, compressed and formed into creative button pins for the students to wear or give as gifts to others.

Students will trace, draw, design and color as they learn shading & color blending techniques, differences in simulated and actual textures, warm and cool colors, as well as, consider the meaning of names and how very special and unique they are as individuals and members of a larger community.

A Spiritual Parallel: Although we may have special gifting and talents and a special family name we are to humble ourselves as Jesus did and to value others above ourselves.

Glass Etching Designs

Students will incorporate simple lines and shapes to produce etched designs on small glass panels.

Students will sand, tape, cut, and mask a glass panel, then position their designs and finally apply etching cream to the glass surface. The glass panels are left to etch for several hours and then washed and cleaned revealing frosted shapes and clear areas. This final procedure can be completed back in the school classroom or at Schuler Arts, which would require pickup arrangements.

A Spiritual Parallel: God, the Master Designer, Architect and Creator of the universe wants to reshape, carve and etch His perfect design into our lives through to His mercy, grace and love.

Pastel Designs

Students will explore and use line energy found in the letters of their names to develop a striking pastel design.

Students will begin with three types of lines having distinct characteristics or qualities. Following some basic instructions they will first layout a foundational composition and then proceed to energize and embellish their drawing while adding other design elements. They will layer and color blend pastel pigment and incorporate a variety of caulk drawing techniques.

A Spiritual Parallel: Just as the lines, shapes, colors, textures and patterns energize a work of art, the hope, peace and depth of God’s love provides us the opportunity to be restore, renewed and refined into an awesome work of living art—A masterpiece created by the Master Artist Himself.



Each activity in this series is suited for middle school and high school youth and is accompanied with a studio tour and demonstrations of art processes and techniques.

Class length is 1.5 hours

Cost is $20.00 per student

Middle School  / High School

A minimun of 8 students is required

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