The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney, Mr Tony Farley, Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) for the Archdiocese of Sydney, and Mr. Anthony Cleary, Director of Religious Education and Evangelisation, invite schools from the Archdiocese of Sydney, Dioceses of Wollongong and Bathurst, and Catholic students in State schools, to participate in The Christmas Story Art Exhibition and Competition 2019. This is a visual arts competition and exhibition for students in Years 5 and 6 and is an initiative celebrating and exploring children’s creative, artistic and reflective ability to express their understanding of the Christmas story.
This exhibition and competition provide the opportunity for teachers to select artworks from Years 5 and 6 to share with the wider educational and international community. This will help to create a greater awareness of the essential role of the arts in Religious Education. Children may develop a deeper appreciation of their talents, and recognise the value of the arts in expressing understanding of our Catholic faith.
The subject matter is drawn from the Sydney Religious Education Curriculum, and includes additional verses from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke:
This year, the judges are again looking for artwork that includes authentic imagery from the time of Jesus. This imagery can be represented in any style. Students can consider tableware, clothing, architecture, vegetation, food and other aspects of their visual representation of the scriptures.
A website will soon be available to guide and assist teachers and students. It will include pilgrimage photographs from the Holy Land, past exhibition images, PDF copies of exhibition booklets and a link to the submission form.