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The Visual Arts at Rockbridge Academy

 

Every child who is taught to read and write will not author a great novel. Every child who is trained to play a musical instrument will not compose a symphony. Every child who is taught to draw will not see his work hanging in the Louvre. However, the reader will have access to great literature; the musician will have an understanding and appreciation for great music; and the one who studied art will be able to discriminate between good and bad art. It is clear in God's word that He loves craftsmanship and design. God's direction to Moses on Mount Sinai was specific (Exodus 25:8-9). God specially appointed Bezalel to be the craftsman for the tabernacle. "See, I have chosen Bezalel...and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts, to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship" (Exodus 31:2-5). To put it simply, God created. Consequently, we want to create after Him.