March is known as Youth Art Month, a designation founded by the Art & Creative Materials Institute. This organization has set aside this month as a time to promote art education, for it “develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills, skills vital to the success of our future leaders --- our children.” You, too, can celebrate youth art by engaging in special activities with your children that also honor our faith.
Pauline Kids features a number of Comic Color the Saints books, which encourage children to color the life of a saint. More than a dozen Coloring and Activity Books feature opportunities to learn about Catholic concepts alongside their creativity.
Also this month, you can introduce your kids to great Catholic artists throughout history. These men and women created some of the finest images that still express our faith today. Explore the lives of Saint Albert Chmielowski, Blessed Fra Angelico, Saint Turtilo of Saint Gall, Saint Catherine of Bologna, Saint Lazarus Zooraphos (Lazarus the Painter), and Blessed James Grissinoer.
Activity: Illuminate a Manuscript! Many of the artists listed above are known for their work in illuminating Scripture and other important works. Gather together a Bible, lined picture paper (the kind with sentence lines running along the bottom), and drawing utensils. Have your children pick out three-to-five of their favorite Bible verses, write them out on the sentence lines, and then “illuminate” the words with their own illustrations.
Pauline Kids Coloring and Activity Books!
Pauline Kids Comic Color the Saints!