The Sower's Seed
Art Workshop Lesson
Summary of Lesson Activities:
learners will make a seed mosaic to help them remember the parable of the sower.
- Gather the materials.
- Read the story ahead of time.
- Become familiar with the project.
- The Children's Bible in 365 Stories
- Cardboard or posterboard cut to 8.5x11 to serve as backing for the mosaic.
- tacky glue poured into disposable cups
- variety of seeds and small beans – especially split peas, popcorn, sunflower seeds, bird seed, lentils, yellow split peas, pearl barley, brown rice, small grain white rice, small red beans, pink beans, black eyed peas (beans the size of pinto beans and larger are too big and heavy for this project)
- paint brushes (about ½” size) for the glue
- muffin tins or similar divided trays for putting the beans on the tables. It is much easier for the children if the beans are separated by type. (Don’t get bags of mixed beans.)
- Printed copies the SOWER ILLUSTRATIONS (coloring pages) found here in PDF #1, Martin Didier's website. Sample image below on this page.
- You may also choose the other sample images on the internet or from coloring books.
Opening - Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
1. Have the children sit or stand where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Hand out Bibles. Have the children turn to page 308 (story number 270) in The Children’s Bible. Tell them this is a story about faith development. Read the story (or let them retell it if it is the third or fourth time. Just be sure their retelling is accurate.)
2. Ask the following questions after reading the story or as they work on their project to save time. The project will take about 30 minutes from start to finish.
- Why do you think Jesus used a parable about planting seeds? Lead the children to understand that the people of that day usually grew their own food and would understand the parable.
- Could the seed the sower was sowing just be bad seed and would not grow no matter what soil it fell on? Discuss the metaphor that the seed is God’s message that Jesus sows and is always good seed.
- What do you think this parable means? Accept any answer but help them to understand that not every one who hears the story of Jesus will accept his word. Some will forget it before it grows. Some will believe for a while but not have lasting faith. Some will get “choked out” by things of the world. Some will believe with his or her whole being and will continue to grow in faith and follow Jesus’ teachings.
Ask: WHICH ONE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW?
What are you doing to let God's Word grow in you?
What attitude or problem is getting in the way of your growth as a Christian?
3. Explain that today as our art project they are going to make a seed mosaic--a picture with seeds being used to make the colors and fill in an outline. Show them one of the symbols that can be used as an outline. Discuss the technique of using different seeds to "color" different parts of the picture.
Directions for Making a Seed Mosaic:
- Select a piece of cardboard and glue the drawing to it.
- Then, use the paintbrush to cover a small portion of the design with a coat of glue. Do not cover more than you can cover with seed at the same time.
- Arrange beans and seeds on top of the glued area, following the drawn figures and shapes. Tweezers can come in handy for placing smaller beans and seeds. Birdseed and other small beans/grains can be applied like glitter.
- Continue until the entire design is filled in. Allow to dry completely before setting the mosaic upright.
Look at each person's finished project. Brainstorm ways we can keep our faith growing. Some ideas are: attending VBS, Sunday school, worship and children’s activities, listening to parents, grandparents, adult friends, etc.
Adjustments for younger/older children:
Give help with sketching the design and other help as needed. Remember that small muscles are still developing and picking up and placing the seeds may be difficult for some.
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This lesson is based on previously posted rotation.org lessons.
The following Sower graphic is a small version of the image you'll find in Martin Didier's free Parable of the Sower PDF found in PDF #1, http://www.mylittlehouse.org/t...le-of-the-sower.html
The following stained glass image can be saved and printed in color for this seed mosaic project.