Be bold, be original and be excellent. That’s the slogan of Visual Manna’s new art program, a production of Sharon Jeffus’s internationally known company dedicated to promoting art skills of young students and showing them how art can be used to minister to their community.

Be bold, be original and be excellent. That’s the slogan of Visual Manna’s new art program, a production of Sharon Jeffus’s internationally known company dedicated to promoting art skills of young students and showing them how art can be used to minister to their community.

Salem students in junior high and high school will now have the unique opportunity to learn and sharpen their visual art skills while serving their community.
Jeffus has the background for her different approach to the arts.
She boasts a B.S.S.E. degree in art education from John Brown University, studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Southern Illinois University.

She taught in public schools in Mo., Ark. and Okla. and also taught Intensive English as an adjunct lecturer at Missouri S&T (when it was the University of Missouri-Rolla)and has given presentations on teaching art to college classes including Azusa Pacific University, Columbia College and the Audubon Society. As an author of over 20 books, she developed Visual Manna, the homeschool art curriculum that teaches art appreciation, techniques and art vocabulary from a Christian perspective.

She will be hosting a five-day art camp in Salem, teaching the elements and principals of visual arts in a way that can only be deemed as original. Participants will also spend time working on a mural with local Salem Full Gospel Church and their Shephard’s Nook Food Pantry, that is dedicated to providing food to those in need.

The point of this camp and the others like it, according to Jeffus, is to not only sharpen the student’s artistic skills, but to see what their work can accomplish.

“Art is a beautiful way of uplifting the human spirit,” she said. “This is an educational opportunity for students to see their work do that.” Jeffus said she wants her students to learn how to use their talents to encourage others.

“Many people don’t understand how the visual arts affect them,” she explained. “The ability to communicate visually transcends language.”

The camp will begin next Monday, July 24. Interested students or parents can email Jeffus at visualmanna@gmail.com or call her at 573-453-6364 to register for a spot. She said students are welcome to come for only one or two days if that’s all they are able to attend.

The theme for the camp’s mural project is “hope,” and Jeffus said it was chosen by the Salem Full Gospel Church.

“I asked them what they wanted, and they said they wanted to give people hope,” she explained.