Some of you are old enough to remember Dennis the Menace.
Either the comic strip or television show or both.
Dennis, for those of you who don’t remember him was a precocious, mischievous little boy who was always on the verge of getting into trouble. I don’t remember where I saw it, but in a newspaper I was reading I came across the Dennis the Menace comic strip. Dennis is standing in front of an easel painting a picture.
The captions went like this.
Dennis’ Mom: What are you painting?
Dennis: A picture of God.
Dennis’ Mom: But no one know what God looks like.
Dennis: They will now.
I immediately cut the comic strip out of the paper.
For years, in the Confirmation programs which I led, I would pull that comic strip out of my file, make copies and, along with a piece of paper and a pile of crayons, give the comic to each of the 9th grade students who were in Confirmation with me that year and ask them to draw a picture of God. And, they did.
Some were somewhat traditional. Man with a beard.
Others were more abstract.
But, everyone drew something.
They were then ask to share their drawing and why they drew it the way they did.
The discussion that followed focused on where our ideas of God come from and how they have changed over time.
So, now it is your turn.
Here is the assignment.
Get your paper and crayons or colored pencils or a regular pencil and draw your picture of God.
Then, make a short video showing yourself and your picture and briefly explaining why you drew what you did. If you can’t do a video, take a picture and write your explanation.
Then, send it to me.
My email address is email@example.com
When I have received enough I will make a short video with you sharing your pictures.
9th grade students can do this.
I am guessing you can do it as well.
So you know this is not an art assignment, here is my picture.
I will offer my explanation in the video I make.
Send it to me. firstname.lastname@example.org
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