Project 12 & GK Art & Creativity Teaching

“The Gathering”, Project 12’s opening week sessions (JPUSA’s 10 month
Bible/Discipleship intensive) was amazing. I must say the staff and
students in this year’s Project 12 are truly cool.

The Theme this year is “Friends of Jesus” and the classes all reflect
a deep study of the Person of Jesus.

We began the week with worship, I spoke on John 15 (the text dealt
with Jesus’ works on being His friend) and opened the message with
quotes from Proverbs on what biblical friendship with God and others
is and is not.

About 2/3rds through the week prior to my leaving for Iowa shows and a
church service, we had an excellent picnic out at Argyle Lake State
Park which is about forty minutes from Cornerstone Farm where we’ve
been learning allot about the Lord and one another.

I finished my fifth class with the students, then everyone just read,
hiked through the park trails, tossed a frisbee or football and had a
great cookout. The weather was sunny and cool, just really beautiful.

I was blessed to share on Art and Creativity and the students seemed
to really focus well.

My next blog post will contain pics of the “canjo” or “canjoe” which
is sometimes a 1-string guitar but can also be a 2-stringer which is
how I made mine.

At the end of the week I built it to illustrate using “found objects”
where one can be creative, artful on several levels (learning, as a
teaching tool, basic music instruction, song-writing, performance and
as a art piece as as well as ecological in keeping stuff out of

I asked the P12ers to get out their markers and paint up the neck with
whatever they’d like -they did FAR beyond anything I’d have though of!
Major “cool factor” in my opinion 🙂

Now to re-wire the pickup (installed it too quickly, gotta re-wire)
and get practicing… I’ve already been inspired to write some stuff
from this little instrument.

My core points this week:

-Inspiration- what it is and some of the ways we receive it

-Imagination- details as above

-Imitation- how all of us get started and progress in finding our own
artistic (no matter the mode of art) “voice”

-Some of the issues why local churches do or do not understand artists

-Why God calls and gifts us beyond mere creative expression to serving
Him and others via our publicly shared offerings of art

-That art rightly understood is a sort of icon- that is, “window”
though which we can pray (both listen to and speak with God) as well
as reflect Him to others in our work

We also did some writing and other exercises with various art forms
(photography, etc.) by Spoon River, a few miles from our property.
They did a fair bit of writing, note and picture-taking, perhaps a
short video clip. I think one or two may have did some sketching and I
was able to share a fair bit of history about this tiny village (the
sign says Population 9), cool old car and railroad bridges there, and
a white massacre of native Americans that has been left out of the
history books.

It was a real joy to get encouraging feedback from students and staff
and I hope I stirred up some creativity among them that brings them
far beyond this week’s “getting feet wet” stuff. The larger and local
churches and mission fields at home and abroad need them and such

So- as usual my sweet Wendi blessed me on several levels, she and the
rest of the staff taught on many important subjects, shared a lot of
Bible and personal experience, our varied prayer, worship and play
times were good and the week was a real pleasure!

The weekend GKB shows were great, P12 staff and students are now all
home in Chicago embarking on the shared journey of study,
inter-action, community living and service to Jesus and others.

Thanks for stopping by. -Glenn


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