Planning And Creating Visual Art For Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

As the preceding sections point out, the use of visual arts in worship involve a complex set of theological, liturgical, and aesthetic issues. Undoubtedly, these issues need to be addressed by skilled worship leaders, planners, and artists. This section addresses some of the concerns involved in planning and creating visual arts for worship.

Planning Visual Arts For Worship

This article gives practical advice for planning art for worship, focusing particularly on temporary art. It argues for the importance of planning art that coordinates with other aspects of the worship service and that is characterized by simplicity.

Evaluating Visual Art For Worship

Visual art is made for communication and expression, and thus must be evaluated for how it accomplishes these tasks in a liturgical context. The evaluation process must be sensitive to be theological and aesthetic considerations. In particular, arts for liturgical use are best presented and evaluated in the context of the Christian year or the particular Sunday for which it is created.

An Artist’s Perspective On Creating Visual Art For Worship

The following article examines the process of commissioning and creating visual art for worship from the point of view of an artist, exploring in particular the unique concerns of the liturgical artist.

Commissioning A Stained Glass Installation

This article gives helpful advice for planning or commissioning a stained glass work, describing the process that might be used and important decisions that need to be made by both the artist and the commissioning congregation.

The Artist-in-residence In The Local Congregation

One creative approach in integrating the visual arts into the life of the local congregation involves employing an artist-in-residence. In return for studio space and appropriate monetary remuneration, the artist-in-residence is available to create visual arts for worship, to instruct worshipers about the nature of the visual arts in worship, and to involve members of the congregation in the design and fabrication of the arts in worship.