Back to the Beginning Decorations

We designed these posters for the five lessons.
The fifth one is a little hard to see in this picture, so here's another shot of it.

At the back of our auditorium we have some interior windows. We like to create a paneled scene for them, because it looks nice behind the glass. This year the paneled scene consisted of pairs of animals headed, presumably, toward the ark (which I already posted photos of earlier).
In the hallway downstairs, we lined one wall with black paper to create a backdrop for Abraham, who is looking at the stars, illustrating the lesson on the Beginning of the Promise.
The main (elementary) bulletin board was conceptually simple this year, featuring the logo and theme title for the week and a set of simple questions related to the Bible lessons. (Lifting up the question pages reveals answers behind. I'm told a few of the kids even looked at them.)
We did something very similar for the teen-room bulletin board, only with different questions. We also painted some animals for the teen room walls.

Incidentally, for those who don't know the trick, you create things like this by tracing line drawings (out of coloring books or off the internet) onto overhead transparencies, using wet erase markers. You then project the image up onto a bulletin board, thumbtack some posterboard up there, and trace the lines with pencil. The actual painting then is basic color-inside-the-lines stuff (using poster paints), which does not require very much artistic talent. (Not that it hurts, mind. If you look at that paneled scene above, you can tell that the birds were painted by someone with a bit of talent; whereas, I painted Mr. & Mrs. Triceratops. Nonetheless, all of them came out usable, even the one we let a first grader start.) After the paint dries, go over the lines with black marker.
In the preschool room, we hung stuffed animals from the ceiling (via fishing line).

That's the bulk of what we did this year. We also had some prefab decoration kits that we hung up, which people had purchased previously e.g. for Sunday School, but there's not much point showing you pictures of that. This is enough anyway, especially with the impressiveness of the aforementioned ark, which you too can build — see the plans, part one, and part two.

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