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Art & Music Education

In her book The Hidden Art of Homemaking, Edith Schaeffer argues that everyone has a talent or skill ready to be discovered and put to use for the glory of God. Often, that talent lies dormant, and the individual is frustrated by the empty spot in their life it should fill. Finding your talent should be a priority, though it's no drudgery—discovering what God has made you good at is a joyful and exciting process.

Similarly, Olympic gold medalist Eric Liddell never put his running before his duty to Christ; instead, he used his talent as a sprinter to glorify God. As he expresses in the brilliant film Chariots of Fire, "I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." God gives us talents to use in His name, and our joy in them is really our joy in Him.

Eric Liddell's talent led him to compete internationally; the "hidden art" Schaeffer describes is a little more modest, though no less glorifying to God when pursued humbly and gratefully. For Schaeffer, one's hidden art can be something as simple as arranging flowers on the kitchen table, or as elaborate as writing a story or painting a landscape. Everyone has different strengths, and each should learn to cultivate their own.

Our goal in teaching our children art and music isn't to raise a bunch of Van Goghs and Mozarts. If your child is a creative genius that's wonderful, but even if she can barely stay in the lines when coloring, her gifts are just as valuable to the Lord, and her discovery of them is just as important for her growth and personal happiness.

There are a few books in this section designed to help kids appreciate great art of the past, to learn about composers, or to identify the work of different painters and architects. However, most of what we offer is intended to help students across the whole range of ages to acquire and develop whatever skills they may have in sketching, painting, composing, instrument-playing, sculpting, acting, etc.

It's important to remember that no one will ever do anything perfectly, and first attempts are generally met with complete or near-total failure. Failure is often seen as an enemy, or simply as a hurdle to be overcome. Real failure, however, is integral to eventual success and (more importantly) to learning and character development. If a child managed to get everything right the first time, there would be no room for improvement, no reason to work hard.

Exercising one's creativity is essential. Humans were created in God's image, which means in part that we are creative beings, and whenever we're creative in ways that honor God, we're imitating Him. To the extent we can train our kids to do this, we should. Encourage them to do the best they can, because in the end they're doing it for God, and He expects nothing less.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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1-2-3 Draw Horses
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for 3rd-6th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
10 Staff Manuscript Paper
by Hal Leonard Corp.
from Music Sales America
for 3rd-6th grade
in Music Theory (Location: AMU-01A)
101 Hymn Stories
by Kenneth Osbeck
from Kregel Publications
for 6th-12th grade
in History of Hymns (Location: C06-03F)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
101 Hymn Stories
by Kenneth Osbeck
from Kregel Publications
for 6th-12th grade
in History of Hymns (Location: C06-03F)
$13.59
101 More Hymn Stories
by Kenneth Osbeck
from Kregel Publications
for 6th-12th grade
in History of Hymns (Location: C06-03F)
$14.44
12 Non-Roll Markers
from Melissa & Doug Toys
for 2nd-6th grade
in Melissa & Doug Art Supplies (Location: A03-MDA)
12 Staff Manuscript Paper
by Hal Leonard Corp.
for 3rd-12th grade
in Music Theory (Location: AMU-01A)
20 Exciting Plays for Medieval History Classes
by Dean Bowman
from Walch Publishing
for 7th-9th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
20 Plays for U. S. History Classes
by Dean R. Bowman
Revised from Walch Publishing
for 7th-9th grade
in Theater, Drama & Film (Location: ART-03B)
20 Ways to Draw a Chair and 44 Other Interesting Everyday Things
by Lisa Solomon
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
20 Ways to Draw a Mustache and 44 Other Funny Faces and Features
by Cara Bean
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
20 Ways to Draw A Shoe and 44 Other Sneakers, Slippers, Stilettos, and Slingbacks
by Julia Kuo
Csm from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
20 Ways to Draw a Star and 44 Other Far-Out Wonders from the Sky and Galaxy
by Nate Padavick, Salli S. Swindell
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
20 Ways to Draw a Strawberry and 44 Other Elegant Edibles
by Zoe Ingram
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
24 Exciting Plays for Ancient History Classes
by Dean R. Bowman
from Walch Publishing
for 5th-8th grade
in Ancient History (Location: B02-02A)
3-D Designs - Coloring Book
by Wil Steganga
from Dover Publications
for 4th-Adult
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$2.79
365 Promises From God's Word In Color: Scripture and Coloring Pages
from Christian Art Publishers
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: ACB)
A Purcell Collection for Recorder Consort
Complete recorder method for ages 10 and up
in Recorders & Recorder Music (Location: AMU-01B)
Abide With Me
by John H. Parker, Paul Seawright
from New Leaf Press
for 7th-Adult
in History of Hymns (Location: C06-03F)
$16.50
Abraham Lincoln - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$2.99
Accidental Voyage
Mr. Pipes Series #4
by Doug Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 5th-8th grade
in History of Hymns (Location: C06-03F)
$11.04
Advanced Drawing Skills: A Course in Artistic Excellence
by Barrington Barber
from Barnes & Noble
for 6th-Adult
in Advanced Drawing Instruction (Location: ART-02A)
Advent Coloring Calendar
Clr Csm from Paraclete Press
for 3rd-Adult
in Christmas & Advent (Location: APO-02B)
Adventures of Hercules - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bob Blaisdell & John Green
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
Adventures of King Arthur - Coloring Book
by Arkady Roytman
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
Adventures of Richard Wagner
by Opal Wheeler
from Zeezok Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in Opal Wheeler Great Musicians Series (Location: AMU-05D)
Adventures of Richard Wagner - MP3 Audio Book
by Opal Wheeler
from Zeezok Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in Opal Wheeler Great Musicians Series (Location: AMU-05D)
Adventures of Ulysses - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
African Plains - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Diane Gaspas-Ettl
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
Aircraft - Coloring Book
Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Educational Read & Color Books (Location: A02-01)
Airplanes of the Second World War - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Carlo Demand
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99
Airplanes of World War I - Coloring Book
by Carlo Demand
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99
Alaskan Wildlife - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Jan Sovak
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$2.79
Alexander the Great Coloring Book
by John K. Anderson
from Bellerophon Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Ancient Greece (Location: B02-03A)
Alice in Wonderland - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Lewis Carroll & John Tenniel
from Dover Publications
Coloring Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Coloring Book
by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel
from Silver Dolphin
for 5th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
All About the Weather - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
Alto Recorder - Brown
from Aulos Recorders
in Recorders & Recorder Music (Location: AMU-01B)
Alto Recorder - Dark Brown Finish
from Aulos Recorders
for 2nd-6th grade
in Recorders & Recorder Music (Location: AMU-01B)
Alto Recorder - High Quality with Light Brown Finish
from Aulos Recorders
for 3rd-7th grade
in Recorders & Recorder Music (Location: AMU-01B)
Alto Recorder - High Quality with Woodgrain Finish
from Aulos Recorders
Nice recorder for ages 10 and up
in Recorders & Recorder Music (Location: AMU-01B)
Amazing Animals - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Ruth Soffer
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
Amazing Birds - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Ruth Soffer
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
Amazing Buildings
by Philip Wilkinson
from DK Publishing
for 3rd-7th grade
in Architecture & Sculpture (Location: ART-03C)
Amelia Earhart - Coloring Book
by Muriel Earhart Morrissey
from Bellerophon Books
for 3rd-7th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
America - with CD
from Diana Waring Presents
for 1st-6th grade
in Diana Waring History Revealed (Location: B03-05B)
America's First Ladies - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Leslie Franz
Revised Edition from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
American Barns and Covered Bridges
by Eric Sloane
for 5th-Adult
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: B01-15C)
American Heroes - Coloring Book
by Steven James Petruccio
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
American House - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
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