What is a Bible Story Book Collage? (2-3 Hour Workshop)
A Story Book Collage is a Bible story book that is created from painted papers, material, and other paraphernalia to teach adults and children Biblical truths and timeless stories. Many of the Creative Call’s workshops are began with the teaching of a biblical story and sharing of an art book. Then participants will have a chance to create their own Bible Story Book, a Storyrope™, or a collage in response to how the teaching relates to their own story.
This project is helpful with an individual or within a variety of groups including (but not limited to): leadership teams, bible study groups, and short-term mission teams.
Psalm 23 Workshop
Participants create a collaged book of Psalm 23. One may choose to create a book which communicates the literal verses or apply Psalm 23 to their own story. For example:
- Who is my Shepherd?
- How has the Lord cared for me, protected me, guided me?
- Have I felt is presence in the valley before?
The medium of collage helps one communicate stories in which they have had no words for. One may use magazine pictures, colored papers, or fabric to represent emotions or events such as joy, hope, pain or loss etc.
After creating the book, take time to share with a safe person or group. Making art often helps reach straight to one’s soul, and things long hidden may surface and be brought to the light. This is the beginning of healing for many. One may weep and rejoice with other as one’s stories are told. It is healing to be heard and seen by others who show compassion and empathy. Then, in small groups, take time to pray for one another speaking words of life, praising God for His grace, and bring comfort to the hard parts of one’s story.
Participants are encouraged to date their projects and journal about the process of creating this project and what they discovered.
- blank accordion books, or journal
- magazine pictures cut out
- painted papers or scrap book papers
- glue sticks
All materials are provided by The Creative Call. A materials fee is included in the workshop costs.
“When participants at these workshops collage the Bible stories they have learned, the art helps them to internalize the stories. They can then use the art books to tell the stories to others.” Marcia Gladwish
In the photo, several children in India have made collage art in response to the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar. Making the art helps them remember the story and have their own art work to take home. The process of making the art helps them creatively respond to the Bible story.
See HERE for a blog post on my collaged Bible story of the woman with a 12 year issue of blood and the healing of Jairus’ daughter.