Art Lessons, Ideas, Activities, and Resources for the Wedding at Cana
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Rejection at Nazareth and Wedding at Cana - Matthew 13:53-58, Luke 4:20-30. John 2:1-11.
Bible lessons and ideas about the Wedding at Cana -with Art, craft, painting, construction, drawing, etc.
Note from Cathy: I did not write this good lesson. The credit goes to Tim N, a member of my church, for whom I am posting it. This lesson is based on an idea from member SheilaB. Additional lesson suggestions have been posted below by member Neil MacQueen. Enjoy.
Wedding at Cana
Summary of Lesson Activities:
There will be a slideshow of different pictorial portrayals of the Wedding at Cana. Then the students will be asked to make their own portrayal using the materials provided.
- Children will look at different depictions of the Wedding at Cana to see how different people portray the miracle.
- Create their own work of art based on their understanding of this miracle.
- Review Bible Background notes.
- Gather the Materials
- Journaling Pages
- Laptop with Pictures in Slideshow (Will be provided by Tim on the mornings of lessons.)
- CD Player with CD for background music while children work on project. (Player in Room, CD)
- Paper—White and colored
- Colored Pencils
- Modeling Clay
- Tempera Paint
- Water Colors
- Paint Clothing
- Colored tissue paper scraps
- Fun foam scraps
- Aluminum Foil
- Refer to schedule and decide how you will make adjustments for the different ages.
- Look at the pictures in the slideshow so that you know which ones you want to talk about
- Have the materials set out before the class begins. It would be less distracting to the students if they sat at an empty table for the Bible story.
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
1. Make sure you have your nametag on. Introduce yourself to the students.
2. Open with a prayer if guide did not.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
3. Introduction & Bible Story:
Read the Bible Story from John 2: 1-11. Have the children find the story in the Bibles.
Questions to Ask:
- What miracle did Jesus do here?
- Did the guests at the wedding HAVE to have wine—would they die without it? (No) So, why did He perform this miracle? (cared about the people, to reveal His glory—to be a sign)
- Can you think of another story in the Bible that involves Jesus and wine? (the Last Supper)
- Jesus takes the cup of wine and tells His disciples to drink. What does Jesus say that this wine is? (His blood)
- Why should they drink it and why do we go to communion? (because Jesus’ blood was poured out for us for the forgiveness of our sins.
- So while wine is nice to drink, the blood of Jesus is even more important.
- What do you think your reaction would have been if you were one of the servants, the master of the banquet, one of the disciples, Mary?
Show the pictures of the different paintings of the wedding at Cana. Talk about how each person shows it differently—point out a few of those differences. What do you think the artist was thinking about when they did this?
Ask the children to close their eyes for a few moments. Have them think about these questions just in their heads—no talking or sharing:
- What is the most important part of the miracle for you?
- What do you like best about this miracle?
Point out the different art materials. You will have the rest of the class period to make your own version of this miracle. Do not try to copy one of the pictures you saw earlier—this is your own creation (do NOT show the pictures from the slideshow again!!). Have them make their own portrayals using the materials provided. Play music CD in background as they work.
5. Reflect/Closure: Have the children describe their projects to the rest of the class—not so much the “technique” but the thinking behind the project.
6. Journal Topic (last 5 minutes of class):
Help the guide to hand out pencils/pens and the student folders. Hand out the journaling pages from the teaching box. The children should find a place to sit quietly and think and write in their journals. You and the guide may need to help the younger children with their writing. Another option for younger children is to draw a picture about the topic.
Grade 1-6: What was your art project? What important things does it tell about this miracle?
End with prayer.
For both age groups, the children may require help with making their projects. Help them, but don’t give them too much in the way of suggestions. We are trying to see what they come up with on their own.
A lesson from St. John Lutheran Church