Here’s hoping you all had a festive, hearty and family filled Thanksgiving centered on God as the source of all that we have to be thankful.
- In teaching How Art Teaches Theology at my home congregation I have come to realize that the way the study was formatted worked well on a PC or laptop, but not so well for a large screen and 3-slides per page handouts. The fatal error in presentation was trying to pack too much information on a slide and not making the graphics big enough so the student could identify what they saw on the screen with what they had on paper. Putting two slides per page on the handouts also helped. So, I have spent considerable time in the past three weeks correcting that problem. In addition to the Wittenberg Altarpiece, also know as The Triptych. I also expanded the recently added information on the Weimar Altarpiece ( in Weimar, Germany) with the same sort of detail. Both altarpieces show a strong departure from Catholic art forms with the former relating to people and scenes from the Bible. The Wittenberg Altarpiece has not been as well studied, as many others have and for a very obvious reason. This altarpiece is all about teaching fundamental Lutheran theology on Word and Sacrament. The good news is that doing this visually and in the verbally at the same time acts as strong reinforcement to the student. Both altarpieces set the stage for defining Lutheran religious art.
- For those of you looking into the Book of Concord as part of your preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation I found a good link to use in regards to the Smalclad Articles. Here is the link: http://bookofconcord.blogspot.com/2008/01/roundtable-30-introduction-to-smalcald.html
- As a separate activity I have added to the CD package for How Art Teaches Theology a readme file (pdf) to show how to orchestrate the slides using the presentation in Format 1 or Format 2. Format 1 is to be used when the presentation is for a half day session with a break and Format 2 is to used when being presented in 3 1-hour sessions. There is now a slide for the opening, followed by a choice of three different hymns to be sung before the presentation starts. (Easy tunes and text with embedded music for support.) For a copy of the readme file Click here. The titles for the hymns are Wash Me Lord (tune Rock of Ages), Amazing Praise (tune Amazing Grace), and O Jesus so Sweet, O Jesus so Mild, LSB 546. Perhaps in Dec I can start adding the music to go with the list of hymns and songs on the Hymns & Songs page on the site.
Have a blessed Advent season, Gene