Art in the Dark
10 a.m. Saturdays, November 28, December 5, 12, 19
“In this strange season when we are suspended between realization and expectation, may we be found honest about the darkness and more perceptive of the light.” Jack Boozer.
On Sunday mornings during the Faith Forum time, a series of lectures will be offered about the stories in the stained glass windows that surround the worshipping community. I have been thinking about how light plays a major part in our ability to see not only the subjects of the windows but also how light brings a bright and holy dimension to our vision.
On four Saturday mornings I will offer a zoom gathering of those who might be interested in creating little windows of the heart, a chance to mimic the stained glass in an art adventure, creating a little screen or backdrop for the candles we light as we move from Advent to Christmas.
First we will start with the dark, the colors of dark blue and deep purple, the traditional colors of Advent. later we will add brighter tones. When we say we’ve got the blues, everyone knows what we mean. We can easily acknowledge the darkness of our world – deaths, separations, divisions and so much more. And we know that the dark is not just out there but also within us as well. We cannot avoid it and faith shows us how it is possible to make a thing of beauty from even the dark parts of our lives.
The church, it seems, is in no hurry to get to Christmas. Four weeks of no Christmas carols at worship, usually, and a slow buildup of yearning. Instinctively we want more light. In my Canadian neighbourhood people are right now putting up their trees and stringing lights because, as one man said, “we need some beauty right now! We want to put some more light into the world.”
The four art themes will echo the Sunday evening prayers – announcing a new creation, tending relationship, shaping, and revealing. I will offer a brief meditation and then a little art lesson. I have offered this workshop several times and know that what comes out of using another part of our brains will be a little piece of the beauty of faith that sustains us all.
~The Rev. Dr. Linda Privitera, Instructor
Sources for further reading: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, Night Visions by Jan Richardson
List of Supplies for Art ADVENTure
- Cardboard mailer, foamcore or matboard for base
- Sturdy scissors or xacto knife
- Modpodge or Luiquitex Matte Medium, glues and preserves
- India ink or black Sharpie for making shapes
- Assorted tissue papers in a variety of tones of blues, purples, deep pink
- Paper cocktail napkins in similar colors; include napkins that have a variety of design elements such as florals, borders, shapes or lines, circular or straight
- Watersoluble oil pastels such as Crayola’s Portfolio series
- Small or medium sized brushes, not expensive since they will be used with the glue
- ‘dead’ Christmas card religious images or scenes from magazines
- Heavy duty packing tape or duct tape
Most of these items should be easily available from supplies already in your house. I will demonstrate a variety of techniques in the hour that we gather including a prompt or two for meditation on the theme each week.
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