The Creative Arts Festival which includes art, photography, poetry and creative writing, is organized by the Department of Christian Education.
The theme for the Creative Art Festival in 2018 is taken from the book of Acts.
“They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
There are several ways to implement the festivals.
With a copy of the eligibility requirements and rubrics, each class can work on their projects whenever it’s convenient; the teacher can refer to the OCEC Curriculum Cross-Reference Chart to coordinate the dates with lessons of a related theme.
The entire church school can work on projects on set dates, which may include
several church school sessions
an all-day Saturday event
Lesson Plans. Begin with the 40-minute lesson plans [See doc p 14] that introduce the theme. It is best if this is done by the individual teachers. The four levels for which they are written are: Preschool-Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, 4-5, Middle School/High School. Have students brainstorm together on the theme. Have paper ready for students to write down their ideas for creative writing, poetry, photography and art.
[Note: Show the students the Standard Identification Form and point out that they will be asked to explain what their project has to do with the theme, and sign that they alone did the project and it was not copied from another source.]
Creative Writing and Poetry. It is best to do the writing the next session while ideas are fresh. Consider having two stations with moderators, one for creative writing, and one for poetry.
Photography. For photography, depending on the theme, people or objects from the church can be made available and students can bring cameras to church.
Artwork. Keep in mind that mounted artwork is required, unless it is done on stretched canvas, canvas board, posterboard or another stiff material. Decide what mounting will be used.
A single medium for the artwork, such as paint, can be used; or several different media can be provided.
Ask an artist in the parish to teach or help the children. Ask for parents to help as well, noting that the work is to be done by the children.
Have the Standard Identification Forms ready to be filled out by the students or parents. Have mounting material available so parents can assist with this.
Students can be given a copy of the eligibility requirements, and rubrics, and work on their projects at home.
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