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Students participate in ‘Joy of Painting’ over summer

Benedict XVI: art reveals thirst for infinite beauty, for God

LINCOLN (SNR) - Seventh- and eighth-grade students from Sacred Heart School in Lincoln experienced the ‘joy of painting’ through a one-day summer workshop led by Sharon Rodeman, a certified Bob Ross instructor.

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents,” are the iconic words of painter Bob Ross, and probably conjure memories and a smile for those who watched his well-known television program, “The Joy of Painting” on PBS.

Known for painting landscapes littered with “happy trees,” Ross found joy in sharing his love for painting with the world. The Sacred Heart students used oil paints to create paintings with clouds, mountains, a lake, and of course, some happy trees. 

Ms. Amanda Lowery, music and art teacher at Sacred Heart, said the day was filled with both disbelief and the discovery of artistic ability.

“When the students first arrived, they didn’t think it was possible to create a painting like that,” she said. “At the end of the day, they were in disbelief with the quality of art they were able to create and were very proud of their work.”

Principal Laura Knaus said the workshop was funded by an anonymous donor whose generous contributions have provided Sacred Heart students many experiences of fine and performing arts, including a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, and several performances at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, the highlight of which was an evening with Russian National Orchestra. 

“These experiences, however simple, provide encounters with beauty,” she said.

Though a basic landscape created in a day is not comparable to the likes of Caravaggio or Michaelangelo, she said, it may open a door to further pursuit of beauty and in turn lead us toward someone greater.

“As Pope Benedict XVI said, ‘Art is capable of making visible our need to go beyond what we see and it reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God.’”

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