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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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"I Can Draw" Sea Creatures
from Walter Foster
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat"
by Jerry Beck
from Henry Holt and Company
for 4th-Adult
in Theater, Drama & Film (Location: ART-03B)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Cartoon Cars
by Steve Barr
from Peel Productions
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
$2.00 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Cartoon People
by Steve Barr
from Peel Productions
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Dinosaurs
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for 3rd-6th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Horses
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for 3rd-6th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Knights, Castles, and Dragons
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Ocean Life
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for 3rd-6th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw People
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for 3rd-6th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Super Fun Stuff
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$24.00 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Wild Animals
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
10 American History Plays for the Classroom
by Sarah J. Glasscock, editor
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in American History Reference (Location: B04-03C)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
10 Staff Manuscript Paper
by Hal Leonard Corp.
from Music Sales America
for 3rd-6th grade
in Music Theory (Location: AMU-01A)
$7.95
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)
$15.99
101 More Hymn Stories
by Kenneth Osbeck
from Kregel Publications
for 6th-12th grade
in History of Hymns (Location: C06-03F)
$16.99
12 Non-Roll Markers
for 2nd-6th grade
in Melissa & Doug Art Supplies (Location: A03-MDA)
$2.99
12 Staff Manuscript Paper
by Hal Leonard Corp.
for 3rd-12th grade
in Music Theory (Location: AMU-01A)
$5.50
20 Exciting Plays for Medieval History Classes
by Dean Bowman
from Walch Publishing
for 7th-9th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
$25.00
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)
$24.99 $17.49 (1 in stock)
20 Ways to Draw a Bike and 44 Other Incredible Ways to Get Around
by James Gulliver Hancock
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$19.99
20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things with Wings
by Trina Dalziel
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$19.99
20 Ways to Draw a Cat and 44 Other Awesome Animals
by Julia Kuo
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$19.99
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)
$19.99
20 Ways to Draw a Dress and 44 Other Fabulous Fashions and Accessories
by Julia Kuo
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$19.99
20 Ways to Draw a Jellyfish and 44 Other Amazing Sea Creatures
by Trina Dalziel
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$19.99
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)
$19.99
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)
$19.99
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)
$19.99
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)
$19.99
20 Ways to Draw a Tree and 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature
by Eloise Renouf
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$19.99
20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers
from Quarry Books
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$19.99
24 Exciting Plays for Ancient History Classes
by Dean R. Bowman
from Walch Publishing
for 5th-8th grade
in Ancient History (Location: B02-02A)
$26.00
3-D Designs - Coloring Book
by Wil Steganga
from Dover Publications
for 4th-Adult
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99
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)
$9.99
A Purcell Collection for Recorder Consort
Complete recorder method for ages 10 and up
in Recorders & Recorder Music (Location: AMU-01B)
$19.95
ABC - Dover Coloring Book
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$1.99 (1 in stock)
ABCs of Art
by Julie Aigner-Clark
from Hyperion Press
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
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)
$3.99 $2.50 (1 in stock)
Accidental Voyage
Mr. Pipes Series #4
by Doug Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 5th-8th grade
in History of Hymns (Location: C06-03F)
$11.50 $7.00 (1 in stock)
Acoustic Guitar with CD
by Helmut Zehe, Uli Turk
Pap/Com
for ages 6 and up
in Guitar & Bass Instruction (Location: AMU-02A)
$19.95
Adult All-In-One Course
by Amanda Vick Lethco, Morton Manus, Willard A. Palmer
from Alfred Publishing
Adult music method for ages16 and up
in Piano Instruction (Location: AMU-03A)
$16.99
Advanced Drawing Skills: A Course in Artistic Excellence
by Barrington Barber
for 6th-Adult
in Advanced Drawing Instruction (Location: ART-02A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Advent Coloring Calendar
Clr Csm from Paraclete Press
for 3rd-Adult
in Christmas & Advent (Location: APO-02B)
$9.00
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)
$3.99
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)
$13.95
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)
$15.95
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)
$3.99
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