First, a Short Video…
Here’s a peek into our art ministry (our amazing art family!) Watch this
700 Club video feature about VineArts.
This was filmed 2 months ago. Apparently CBN headquarters heard of us and wanted to come check out our art ministry and studio in Boise. Our interviewer even made a painting!
A Desk on the Sidewalk
Over the past few years, hundreds of people have called and emailed me, asking how they can minister through the visual arts. I’ve been overwhelmed at trying (and mostly failing) to respond to inquiries one by one. The really frustrating part was that I felt like a teacher whose desk is on a sidewalk, fielding random questions from strangers at random times on a million different topics. Not the ideal learning environment.
So the solution, I thought, would be to start a school. I’ve yearned for this since 2012, but it’s been slow going. I’ve wondered if this thing would ever come to fruition.
Well, now it’s 2015… and we finally have:
• created a curriculum of fine art and spiritual ministry,
• formed a small corporation, and
• have international friendships with spiritually mature art instructors who are excited to serve as part-time faculty.
Ready for More Than Talk?
So it’s with much pleasure that we introduce Art Fruition School! If you’re a Christian visual artist or pre-artist* who desires to love people through creating art, consider signing up.
Our name Art Fruition signifies it’s time to move beyond talking, to start engaging the artists of the Church, doing the Lord’s will creatively here on earth. It’s time to see, touch, smell, and taste beauty and the fruits of the Spirit through visual art.
For the past couple of decades the Church has been theorizing about “why” the church needs art. It’s time for “how” — how to get our hands dirty; how to grow and harvest a wealth of applications in fine art which have been planted before us. We will certainly learn more and branch out as we go. This is just the beginning.
We’ll launch our first group in September 2015 and run the course through the end of April 2016. Signups are limited.
Stay At Home
Another really cool element of this is that our students will be all over the world. We will train art ministers no matter their location, without them having to move to Boise, thanks to the school being online. I can’t wait to have these deep discussions with you via our writing, journaling, artwork, pictures, and videos, sharing our faith and our artwork as we study and serve together. We will apply the teachings of Christ along with the instruction of mature working artists, with the goal of loving the worldwide and local Church and letting it be a more glorious light reflecting Jesus in this world.
Read more details about the online Art Fruition school here!
If you have questions, please contact me, and I might build your question into our Q&A section. I’m so looking forward to this!
P. S. – May I humbly ask for financial donations to start us off, especially since my MacBook Pro and D-SLR camera were both stolen last month… yes, the very tools I needed to start this school. I’m working on replacing my equipment now, and it’s expensive. (I think there might be some kind of target on our heads, so I’d appreciate prayer for our faculty and board as well!)
* pre-artist: One who enjoys experiencing other people’s art and wants to learn artmaking for themselves; prior art experience not required, only a willingness to try new things.