Enter the 2011 ‘Art in Heaven’ Competition. Pupils from Perryfields School, Sandwell, made tiles on the theme of justice in the style of Keith Haring’s art. This presentation invites to you make an art work on one of our five themes.
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Pupils from Perryfields School, Sandwell, made tiles on the theme of justice in the style of Keith Haring’s art
This presentation invites to you make an art work on one of our five themes.
The National Association of Teachers of RE will give prizes to the winners.
See more details on our web art gallery at www.natre.org.uk
Spiritual Words. Children at All Saints Wokingham had a whole week about spirituality, and learned what the word means. This display of oak leaves from hundreds of children tells the viewer what spiritual ideas the children developed.
Henry, in Year 6 at Christ Church Primary Bradford on Avon, chose ‘Light within’ as his spiritual words.
“What I like best about my work is the man in black, it represents you, the light comes from within you and spreads out. It also comes from outside from the candles, these represent things that inspire you and give you light, your family or friends, what you believe in. I used oil pastels to make my design as they made the really bright colours I wanted.”
William goes to Ralph Sadlier Middle School. His spiritual words are from the Bible.
Natacha is 13 years, and from Pool Business and Enterprise College. Her spiritual words are ‘Peace’ and ‘Respect’
“I have used the Ying and Yang symbol at the centre because it represents peace and I feel with respect for everything comes peace. I have used it for the black and white to show respect for different cultures and the respect between them. The owls show respect for animals and the flowers around the outside to show respect for everything on earth. The blue strip in the middle represents people’s feelings . The colour blue is often related to sadness and’ feeling blue’ but it also shows happiness and optimism ‘blue skies’. I think that it is important for peace making to respect peoples’ feelings and not judge people.”
“We designed these t-shirts to represent being open minded. We thought if we did this on a t-shirt it would show people that you should be opened minded. We thought about what it would take to be open minded. The things we came up with on our t-shirt were loving each other which are represented by the giant love heart. The different symbols represent different cultures and that we are all equal even if we believe in different cultures. The hands represent respect and peace. Being open minded means you can have your opinion but you still have to respect other people’s opinions.”
Victoria and Samantha,15
Love is the most spiritual word. “My work is called ‘All you need is love’ It shows a man and a woman getting married and promising to be together, in a place of worship, a place to show you love someone. I got this idea as we listened to Beatles love songs before starting our project. I think without love, life is not worth celebrating.”
Leah, 12, Flixton Girls High School
Who? Where? How? If?
Matthew, from Monkton Pre Prep School is 6. He says: “God is above the rainbow, and the sky is blue. God is at the top, running in the clouds above the rainbow.”
Who is God?Alix, Annabel and Olivia (13) have used Islamic rules to create this image of the Islamic understanding of Allah. They think God, for Muslims, was in the words of the revelation of the Holy Qur’an.
From John Taylor High School in Staffordshire
Our piece shows the idea of people drowning into the earth, leaving life as they used to know it. It shows hands and faces reaching towards what they hope will bring help, to save them from the genocide and the terrible images that crawl in their minds.
We were trying to represent all the pain and suffering that was overlooked by so many people during the Rwanda genocide, so we showed the idea of Rwandans with their hands reaching out for help, but none is received from military rescue forces. To us, this shows that God was not there to help the Tutsis so they had to pray and beg for their lives – this may have brought them hope but it did not save many of them. Their hands are reaching out, trying to locate God, but he is just out of reach.
The tree in the bottom right of the painting represents that with God you grow: the side facing him has leaves, the other side is bare and empty.
The three crosses show how I interpret Jesus: I used glitter glue for the crown, to show that he is a king. White paint symbolizes that he is pure and perfect. Dark clouds signify problems in our lives, but although we don't know what God looks like, I think we know his personality. I think God is loving, welcoming, approachable and quick to forgive.
The usual stereotypical view of God is an old white man. I have shown God's hands, one like a woman's, one black. God tries to show us who he is, through the bible and our own religious experiences. The words around the hands of God remind me what I believe he is like.
Lauren, Age 7
“Jesus is crying on the cross. I have painted him in bright colours. The sky is very dark blue.”
A Day to Remember: Eid Al FitrUsman, Age 8Everyone smiles, and there are presents for the children. We eat and drink because Ramadan is over.
The children of Alexander Hosea Community School in South Gloucestershire created Easter Banners, one from each class, to show their understanding of the celebrations.
Remembering DivaliJemma, 14From rangoli patterns and story telling to the possibility of joyful celebration or a changed life this year, Divali celebrates light and the ways it triumphs over the darkness.
My name is Amber and I am 9 years old. This canvas is called 'My Spiritual life: The Path you follow.' It is a painting about bad and good. There is a path running through it and this is the path you follow through your spiritual life. You can either choose to be on the dark and thorny side, or on the happy, bright, healthy side.
Freya, 15, from Ridgeway School explores the journey into her own spirit.
“I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
I sat by the river and it made my life complete.”
“I like Jonah because it shows you can't get away from God he is everywhere.”Demi Smith Age 6 goes to Havannah Primary School
“God is not a Hindu, God is not a Muslim. The Guru’s stories teach millions of Sikh people how to live, to treat others equally, to worship God in truth and to serve humanity by choice. Look for God in the eyes of the Guru.”
“I thought of the idea of symbols in the water because I wanted to show them as all coming from the same place because no religion is better than any other. You can even imagine the peaceful sounds as the symbols calmly splash into the water along with birds tweeting. I have added an image of the Buddha because I feel that the Buddha represents peace to me and it makes my spiritual space a place for meditation- the waterfall of peace.”
Hannah Downing is 15. She painted the story of the first temptation of Eve
“This piece is a modernised version of the Adam and Eve story. It refers to the modern everyday struggles to overcome sins such as lust and greed. I have included imagery of temptation, the woman, or ‘Eve’, taking a bite out of the apple. It also has the representation of greed with the sweets and piles of money. There is also a referral to lust with the inclusion of a kiss and lips. I wanted to capture the mystery of the story of Adam and Eve and also makes it relevant to the modern age.”