Although many schools and school systems downplay the arts in curriculum and funding choices, formation of children in the arts is one of the essentials of human life. Don’t fall into that trap! Especially for Catholic children, whom we are trying to lead to God by the most true, straight, and direct route, it is important to have an educational context that forms them in understanding the beauty, symbols, and works of art that speak of the glory of God in human creativity. Putting together some useful things I have found on this topic, I present this short list for your consideration:
- From Catholic artist and writer David Clayton: Free Resource for Teachers: Stimulating the Artistic Sensibilities of Children.
- Mr. Clayton also has some great thoughts on How Do We Develop the Cultural Sensibilities of Children?
- Another Catholic artist, Gwyneth Holston, weighs in here on why Christians must “cultivate an informed aesthetic.” Learn what is beautiful and why it is beautiful so that you can better form your children’s aesthetic.
- Love Gothic architecture and design? Find info and activities for kids, based on the life and works of British Victorian-era Christian architect and designer Augustus Pugin here. (He designed the lovely tile shown below.)
- If you are looking for photographs of beautiful religious paintings, you may want to check out my Pinterest board “Sacred Art.” Currently I have more than one hundred pins, and I am adding more all the time. (Incidentally, I also have a board featuring examples of Sacred Architecture, with some buildings designed by Pugin, which you’ll want to check out if you get interested in his work.)
- Last but not least, the feast of St. Rita of Cascia is next week (May 22). You may want to do this beautiful project with your children this weekend to prepare.
Hopefully you’ll find something that encourages you to explore more of the true, good, and beautiful with your kiddos. Efforts in this area will in time bear fruit one hundred-fold, in both big and little ways. Have fun!