Art Workshop Project
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Students will make a two-sided cardboard cut out of their face. One side is a self-portrait as they see themselves, the other side is the portrait God wants to see.
1 Samuel 16:1-13, which is the focus of this activity.
“For the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the
outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
- White cardboard paper – 12 x 18, one for each child
- Black (or any dark color) const. paper – 12 x 18, one for each child
- Pencils, markers, crayons, colored pencils
- Hand held mirrors, one for each child
- Small mirrors (one for each child)
- Glue or glue sticks
- Fabric, ribbon, yarn, buttons (optional)
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Activity: Lead a short discussion about the reading from 1 Samuel, stressing that:
- People often look at other people and judge by outward appearances, but God looks inside our hearts to see our inner beauty and goodness. (Outside appearances don’t matter; it’s what’s on the inside that is important.)
- Even though David was the youngest of the seven brothers, God saw something good inside him and chose him to be the new king of Israel. (You are never too small or too young to be included in God’s plan.)
Have the children draw self-portraits, using the handheld mirrors to see themselves. They may use any of the drawing materials, but might want to draw in pencil first.
- Should have a couple of these made up ahead of time as examples. Do not be exact – should be kid friendly. Make sure, however, to have outward features such as freckles, braces, glasses, etc.
Cut out the face, and turn it over.
Now have them draw on the OTHER SIDE of the cardboard face.
On this side they should put symbols for the kind of person GOD wants them to be.
After the drawing is complete, cut around it to make an interesting shape (oval, heart, diamond, etc.). Glue onto black paper. Glue the small mirror onto the picture where their heart would be. Decorate, if desired, using the fabric, ribbon, buttons, etc.
Attach a string to the top of the cardboard head so that it can be suspended and both sides can be seen.
Display the finished portraits from the ceiling of the hallway for all to see.
Add the Memory Verse as a Caption: “For the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Have the children assist with the cleanup and end with a prayer.
A lesson written by Rachel Haugland from: Elim Lutheran
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