Glitter is a very polarizing material in the art education world. Love it or hate it....this shiny little annoyance has been around forever, and will continue to plague us for years to come ("Oh wait...did I just let my opinion slip?" ha ha). I do understand its appeal. Students (and some adults) love sparkle. For many, glitter helps take something form ordinary to extraordinary. It can be used effectively in some projects. I do worry that glitter can become a visual crutch used to distract from mistakes, dull content, poor composition, or lack of skill. I know that may seem a bit harsh for something as fun & innocent of glitter. However, as an art educator I want my students to be able to create beautiful, meaningful, and engaging work, and if necessary....use sparkle!
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3
I love this section of scripture! So many times people confuse those who have gifts that are easily seen as being more important to the kingdom of God & his work. We see the pastor preaching, singers singing, teachers teaching....and some how think they are more important. God's greatest concern in our heart. When we have a heart that reflects the love, grace, and compassion of God all that we do is important to God's kingdom & his work. No matter our gifting, those on the stage, or those behind the scenes...it is all about living a life of love. Picking up trash, raking leaves for the elderly, caring for a baby so a mother can rest, folding bulletins, visiting with the sick....are beautiful, meaningful, and tangible ways to share God's love with our world! They will see his light in your actions...and the world will be a better place! What ever he has called you to do...do it in love.