God’s-Family Art Ministry provides many opportunities for you, your church, your family, and your friends to learn more about God and Jesus, as well as Bible verses and stories. We offer art workshops where painting and drawing combine with scripture in courses like In God’s Image, Jesus Is, Friends of Jesus, The Kingdom of Heaven, Disciples of Christ, Love One Another, O Come Emmanuel, The Lord’s Prayer, The Passion of Jesus etc. As you create images depicting Jesus, yourself and your family; illustrating God’s love, Bible stories and verses; your knowledge of the Bible will grow, as will your focus on God and your love for him. Please contact Anni for more information about our classes and courses. We also offer customized workshops based on your ideas and themes. We hope you can join us soon!
God’s-Family Art Ministry Workshops and Classes
Workshops are taught by founder Anni Brink, a Christian artist with many years’ experience teaching art classes and workshops. Over this time she has created thousands of scripture-based drawings and paintings to honor God and the Bible, and to spread the word about Jesus and His life-saving ministry. She has taught hundreds of art workshops, particularly for the Banyan Community in Minneapolis, for schools and community centers, for churches in the United Methodist MN Annual Conference, and churches of all denominations (and none) across the Twin Cities and the U.S. Ms. Brink holds a M.A. in Theology & the Arts from United Theological Seminary–Twin Cities, as well as a M.A. in Creative Writing from City College of New York.
God’s-Family Art Ministry workshops and classes are designed to support participants of all ages in drawing closer to God and God’s family—through drawing, painting, writing/reflection, and other arts.
How It Works
Every workshop begins with a passage from scripture. After reading the passage together, participants usually reflect on it in writing and class discussion. As a group, students explore ways to visually represent their thoughts, feelings, visions, and understandings related to the scripture. Individually they sketch and later paint or use other art media to make images or other works of art on the scripture or workshop topic. Participants create drawings, paintings, collages, cardboard puppets, murals, textiles, poems, stories, artist books, songs etc. as a way to capture and remember what they’ve learned about God and Jesus, and to lift them up in praise, thanksgiving, and celebration.
All workshops are very flexible in terms of their structure and timing. A class can have as many sessions /meetings as your church or organization desires. Typically sessions vary in length from 1 to 4 hours, but Anni is happy to schedule any number of days or hours, and tailor the workshop accordingly, to suit your needs and purposes. She can adapt or combine workshops for Vacation Bible School or a retreat or camp experience also.
Sometimes the workshop group also develops and completes a large group painting/mural, or sometimes Anni designs a large artwork that the class paints or otherwise colors together. Class groups can also hand-paint T-shirts illustrating and/or relating to their workshop topics. In addition, if interested, your church can order booklets that publish the workshop group’s illustrations and writings about God and Jesus. Or, if you wish, Anni will include some of your church’s artwork and writings in her periodic God’s-Family Art Ministry newsletters.
Finally, any workshop topic can be an “art procession” experience that involves making large-scale, lightweight artworks—big drawings or paintings on cloth as well as papier-mâché sculptures—to carry in processions or parades at church services or around the community. Art processions work especially well for celebrating Easter, Christmas, Pentecost, or All Saints Day.
The following classes (and customized workshops based on your own design) are available for 2018.
In God’s Image
Participants reflect on themselves and God through studying Bible passages that reveal who God is and how people are created in His image. The scripture focus comes from parts of one or more of these chapters: Genesis 1 and 3, 2 Corinthians 3 and 4, John 12 and 14.
Friends of Jesus
Students look at how much Jesus loves us and become a friend of Jesus (or draw closer to Him) through Bible study, prayer, and a personal relationship with Him. The scripture focus is on parts of one or more of these chapters: John 13, 17, and 21, and includes consideration of some of Jesus’ early friends / associates: Lazarus, Mary and Martha, Peter, James, John, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Zacchaeus, Paul etc.
Disciples of Christ
We examine how to follow Jesus, through scripture study, prayer, and writing/reflecting about our walk with Him. The scripture focus is on the life of Jesus and meditating on its lessons for our lives. Episodes and passages are found throughout the gospels and include such stories as Jesus’ birth, the boy Jesus in the temple, Jesus’ baptism, Jesus in Gethsemane, Jesus’ feeding of thousands, Jesus on the cross, Jesus’ appearance in the upper room after His resurrection, Jesus on the road to Emmaus, Jesus at the lakeshore, Jesus the true vine, Jesus on the gift of the Spirit / Advocate, Jesus’ prayers for His disciples, etc.
Servants of the Lord
Through study of scripture, prayer, and discussion, participants learn more about how we can better serve God and do His will. Workshop sessions focus on one or more servants of the Lord, such as Samuel, Jacob, David, Esther, Mary, Moses, Paul, Peter, Joseph (son of Jacob) and Joseph (earthly father of Jesus), with study of Bible chapters about their lives and their love of God.
Love One Another
Students grow in love by discovering how to love other people as Jesus loves us, and as God loves both His Son and us. The scripture focus comes from parts of one or more of these chapters: John 13 and 15, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 John 3, and passages explaining the two greatest commandments.
The Kingdom of Heaven
Participants expand their knowledge of God’s will and the kingdom of Heaven through prayer, study of Jesus’ parables, reflection and discussion. The scripture focus is on the stories of Jesus, as found throughout the gospels, including such parables as the sower and the seed, the mustard seed, the prodigal son, the yeast, the hidden treasure, the pearl, the weeds, the lost sheep, the unforgiving servant, the good Samaritan, the persistent friend, the rich fool, the great dinner, the lost coin, the dishonest manager, the rich man and Lazarus, the ten bridesmaids, the Pharisee and the tax collector, the talents, the wedding banquet etc.
Through study of Jesus’ I AM statements, participants explore and learn more about who Jesus says He is and, in turn, who He is to us. Workshop sessions focus on one or more of these statements (in John 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, and 15) declaring that Jesus is the bread of life, the light of the world, the door to the Father, the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life, the true vine. The class may consider other names of Jesus too, including Lily of the Valley, Bright and Morning Star, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor etc.
The Lord’s Prayer
Students grow in communication with and love of God as they examine in detail the prayer Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6. Going phrase by phrase of the prayer, they reflect on and discuss each part. Students then choose aspects of the prayer to draw, paint, or write about individually, coordinating with one another so that together the class is able to illustrate the whole prayer.
Participants expand their knowledge of God’s will, His blessings, and the kingdom of Heaven through engagement with the Beatitudes; students study and reflect on all the “Blessed are…” statements. Each person chooses one Beatitude to depict individually and works together with other students so that all Blessed statements can be illustrated. Scriptures are from Matthew 5 and Luke 6.
O Come, Emmanuel
Students engage with Jesus’ incarnation and the story of His birth, as told in the gospels of Matthew (1 and 2) and Luke (1 and 2). Besides Jesus’ birth, these additional stories may be explored: the annunciation, John’s birth, the adoration of the magi, Jesus’ presentation in the temple, the flight to Egypt, the boy Jesus in the temple etc.
The Passion of Jesus
We examine events in the final week of Jesus’ ministry and look at who He is and how to follow Him through scripture study, prayer, and writing/reflection. The scripture choices come from all four gospels and focus on aspects of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, including the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the cleansing of the temple, the Last Supper, Jesus’ washing the disciples feet, Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, Jesus taking up His cross, Jesus’ prayers in Gethsemane, the trial with Pilate, Jesus’ death on the cross, the empty tomb, Jesus’ appearances after His death. Students’ individual and group art works will combine to tell the story of Jesus’ love for us and how He died and rose to save us.
The Holy Spirit Comes
Participants work with texts about the Holy Spirit, the beginnings of the church, and the acts of the apostles, making drawings, paintings, textiles, or written works to reflect their learnings. The scripture focus comes from parts of one or more of these chapters: John 20, and Acts 2, 9, and 10.