National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day | JOY for Today
We, formed in the image of God, were made to create. It is the cry of our hearts, an act of worship, a way to find understanding amid chaos. Through the creation process we come to understand ourselves, our world, our creator. Ultimately, understanding ushers in JOY unspeakable.
|Painting by the Mr.'s Grandmother|
JOY for Today Offerings:
- Did You Know... One we didn't; four we did in theory.
- Wolfe Stew Connects To The Creator.
- Bible Verses and Quotes About creating.
- Activity Suggestions Art prompt; Art integration; Would you rather; Family challenge
- Last Year's Post: Groundhog Day (February 2nd Annually)
- Creating is tied to being human? Cave wall art displays 39,900-year-old evidence of human creativity in the form of hand outlines and animal sketches. What's more, human creativity contributes to survival in the form of tools, shelter, cooking, and medicines. (Medical News Today)
- Art creation has proven effective in trauma therapy? Researchers Heather L. Stuckey and Jeremy Nobel found that visual art creation helps people communicate experiences that are too difficult to communicate audibly. (Medical News Today and National Library of Medicine)
- Expressive writing results in positive, measurable physiological changes? A study of patients with HIV found that patients who routinely wrote expressively benefited from a boost of CD4+ lymphocytes - which aid immune system functioning. Studies also note improvement in frequency of doctor visits, stress hormone and blood pressure levels, as well as social, academic, and cognitive functioning. Furthermore, patients self-reported improved mood, overall physical health, and pain tolerance. (Medical News Today and National Library of Medicine)
- Music helps lower stress levels? Decreased stress results in an immune system boost, which means music helps us maintain our physical and mental health by restoring emotional balance and calming the activity of stress-inducing neurons in our amygdala. Calming amygdala activity results in reduced heart and respiratory rate, oxygen demand, and cortisol levels. (Medical News Today and National Library of Medicine)
- Acting fosters growth in many domains necessary for academic success? Routine participation in performance arts activities results in improved language skills, memory, historical and cultural knowledge, communication skills, empathy, self-confidence, and creativity. (The Camford International School)
We'd Love to Know:
- Create something that expresses your relationship to Your Creator.
- GROW in understanding your value by joining us as we seek to understand Proverbs 31:29. Or engage in last year's growth opportunity and learn to CHOOSE decisions that reflect your values.
- "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1 NIV
- "Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8 NIV
- "He has filled them with wisdom of heart to forge all the works of an engraver, an artisan, and an embroiderer in blue, purple, scarlet and in fine linen, as well as weaving - they can perform every craft and ingenious designs." Exodus 35:35 TLV
- "He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end." Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV
- "And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns." Philippians 1:6 TLB
- "A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light." - Leonardo da Vinci
- “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso
- "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso
- "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science." - Albert Einstein
- "To be an artist is to believe in life." - Henry Moore
We'd Love to Know:
Which verse or quote inspires you to create?
The Mr.'s Suggestion:
The Mrs.' Suggestions:
Integrate Art in Any Lesson
- Make thinking visible through artful thinking routines, cooperative poetry, human slideshow, soundtrack composition or other creative ideas from Susan Riley at Arts Integration.
- Try doodle notes. Find steps on getting started at We Are Teachers
- Add storytelling into your teaching routine with these tips from Teach.com.
- Set the rhythm of your day with music. Use for transitions, brain breaks, relaxation, promoting creativity, for idea retention, or topic exploration. Find ideas for specific and general use at Edutopia.
- Implement journaling. This USA.edu article starts with ten benefits to journaling and ends with types of journals to use and Education World offers management suggestions and resources to get you started.
Discuss "Would You Rather..." Questions
- Find inspiration in an art museum or a library?
- Visit the sculpture or pottery exhibition in an art museum?
- Create nature or culture inspired art?
Take on the Family Challenge
We'd Love to Know:
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