GOD, THE ULTIMATE ARTIST
(Don't explain the prayer perspective ahead of time - just have them follow the directions - their discovery during guided reflection is priceless) We will watch one of Bob Ross’ “Joy of Painting” television episodes on DVD. Every time a paint stroke is completed, or a change of color occurs pause the DVD. Spend 10 seconds at each pause and have students respond to all five categories listed on a worksheet you have distributed. Categories are: What just changed? Did it involve light or dark? What type of stroke was used? Did you like it? Can you see the whole picture? (I provide enough space on the worksheet (landscape page format) for about 15 pauses, and therefore 15 response opportunities.) At the end of the episode, (usually the next class period) read and reflect on the following thoughts:
Share the type of strokes used in the painting. Dark colors in the painting represent the things in life that are "dark" - Death, Sickness, Divorce, Bullying, Gossip, etc. The light always represents God's touch, and what He can do with the darkness in our lives if we allow Him to be the Ultimate Artist. The type of light strokes can also represent the Sacraments. We are all part of an amazing painting, which we will not see completely until we reach heaven. Students love talking about how some strokes seem initially to "ruin" the picture, but then become a beautiful part of it.
A follow up assignment usually involves the following: Then, using the words from your reflection worksheet, write a prayer about how you understand God as the “ultimate artist.”