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Displayed on the ceiling of the High School Arts Room at Toowoomba Christian College the College Principal Richard Brown admires the work with ACS Chair Leighton Kuss

September 29, 2021

Displayed on the ceiling of the High School Arts Room at Toowoomba Christian College the College Principal Richard Brown admires the work with ACS Chair Leighton Kuss . Mr Ed Lucas, the Curriculum Lead Teacher in the Arts at Toowoomba Christian College explains the art.

The Creation of Man by Michelangelo plays a key role in helping me achieve my teaching philosophy: to help students discover and implement their creative talents and purpose through a lens of wonder! The artwork on the ceiling redefines our understanding of the word significance and the purpose of art. Students look up to see this breathtaking masterpiece while they are creating art and are reminded of where creativity originally came from. We were all created by God in His image – that makes us significant! However, because we are human, the process to get to the finished product can be difficult and/or overwhelming, which makes us feel insignificant. Our struggles through the process (or journey through life) don’t define our significance, God does. So, during these moments of struggle, we look up and are reminded that we are significant! So, we work harder, we master our creativity, we learn through the process and through our mistakes, we are disciplined, we recognise that boundaries are important and good for us, routine and repetition make our art successful, we value God’s creative role in our world, and we produce only our very best.

Michelangelo’s interpretation of the creation of Adam prompts us to create art that is life-giving, conveys powerful messages of redemption and hope and is a beacon of light in darkness. Because all great ideas come from God, our artworks speak truth, goodness, and beauty.

We are creative humans with powerful potential to create wonder for our world! We don’t want to focus on self-expression, but rather see how we can use our creative gifts to lead people to the truth. We admire our past masters, and we learn from them to continue their legacy. We see wonder everywhere and we seek to create wonder. Ultimately, we look to our master of everything – a God who excites, motivates, and gifts us to create!

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