Art of Creation
Tutor: Andrea Merboth
Length: 2nd Semester only Class Period: Wednesday, period 1

Description: In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth. Thus begins the mysterious journey of who God is, His incredible creation and where we amazing humans fit into it.

The concept of our world starting with “God Creating…” is a pillar of Christianity, but for years now Evolution has had the main stage in our culture. Does it matter if we believe in evolution or creation? Does it matter that we have an understanding of both theories regarding the beginning of mankind? In Art of Creation we will discuss the evidence for creation and why that is important to who we are and who God is. We will take a look at creation based on the book of Genesis from a cosmological, geological, historical, and paleontological standpoint. We will use many other books of the Bible, such as Job and Revelation, to find patterns and systems that help to show the irreducible complexity of creation. Our study will lead us to global floods, exciting weather phenomenon, dinosaurs, giants, ancient man and the amazing God who made it all.

Watercolor, pencil, chalk pastel, paint and 3-D materials such as cardboard will be what we use to create art that teaches and reflects the glory of Creation.

Class time will be divided into part lecture, hands on, and art training that will explore what we are learning. We will spend about equal parts lecture to art time so that this class could be taken as an art class or an elective.

Tutor: Andrea Merboth has a BA degree in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Catherine. Andrea has taken various art classes in watercolor and oil painting and has been involved in several art shows, art exhibits, and canvass painting parties amidst friends and a relaxing backdrop.  She has taught art classes for many years to varied age groups, primarily to the homeschool population. In addition to enjoying painting on canvas, Andrea paints furniture, walls, fabric, room murals, and has also painted a 10’x20’ mural in the library in McGregor MN and worked with students and locals on another large mural in Ciudad Juarez, MX. She has also painted sets for several full-length plays, some of which she directed in the homeschool arena. Andrea and her husband have a passion to help ground young people in the Christian faith, realizing that all forms of communication, including art have the ability to either draw you towards or away from the truths of God. She believes that beauty is a reflection of God, and art classes can empower students to find creative ways to share God with the world.

Cost:  $207, $217 or $227 (depending on registration date)
Grades 7-12

Prerequisite: none
Homework: Weekly art and a little research
Text: none
Supplies: Watercolors-dry prang oval 16 count or similar is quick and practical for this class Set of Chalk Pastels-16 colors or more Drawing pencil set with erasers (drawing pencils differ from regular pencils in that they have levels from H to B, hard to soft lead) please make sure your set has at least a 4B if not higher such as a 6B. Large pieces of corrugated cardboard. Art drawing pad at least 11 x 14 inches