Art Ministry 101
O N L I N E   C O U R S E   A P P L I C A T I O N
Hello and Welcome! 
This is the APPLICATION FOR ACCEPTANCE into the program. 
Enrollment is selective (not everyone is accepted) 
and seats are limited, so apply early.
Students are notified 5 days after applying.

This online course in art ministry is 8 months long 
and runs from Sept 15, 2015 to April 19, 2016. 
Cost: $98/month for 8 months.

Allow at least 45 MINUTES to complete this application. 

The following application fee will be charged by secure credit card payment: 
$18 before September 5, 2015
$25 between September 5 - September 17, 2015
This 8-month course practices the foundations of visual art through a theological lens in order to explore ways of ministering through visual art in practical and inclusive ways in the name of Christ. Video lessons must be watched and assignments uploaded at the student's convenience between Tuesday and Saturday each week. Time commitment is 3-4 hours per week.

This course is for ages 16 and up.

Please have your credit card ready.
You will need to upload one image of something you've previously made.
This website will not save your progress if you need to quit before the end.
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Before you begin, two opportunities to be aware of:

1) Group of 4 discount.
Groups of 4 students will be able to attend for a reduced price of $85/mo (even if geographically scattered) and will have the option of being part of the same discussion group if they prefer.

To apply for the group of 4 discount, all 4 students must fill out the names of all 4 prospective students who are applying together. Achieving the group discount will depend on all 4 students being accepted into this school. 

2) A church could pay part or all of your tuition.
Have you thought of a way for a local church to help pay for this course? Perhaps you could offer to teach some art workshops , lead a book study, paint a mural, organize an exhibit, etc. For churches who agree to pay at least 50% of a student's tuition, Art Fruition will thank the church with:
-   a discount code for 25% off registration for up to 3 people to attend the Creative Church Conference, scheduled for next summer June 3-5, 2016 in Indianapolis and July 29-31, 2016 in Boise, Idaho.
-   a public listing on ArtFruition.com's Churches In Art Fruition.

 
W A R N I N G :

If you accidentally close this internet tab, you'll have to start your whole application over. :(

If you need to open another window on your computer, such as logging into your e-mail, DON'T CLOSE THIS TAB! Instead, create a second tab for your internet while keeping this tab open (or minimize this internet window), so you don't lose your place on this application. While you work in other tasks, this tab will still be open in the background.

 
Are you applying for the Group of 4 Discount? *


 
Group of 4 Discount Request

REQUIRED:  Type ALL 4 applicants' names (including yours) along with the city and state (and country if outside the USA) where each person lives. Separate the names with commas.

Make sure all 4 of you have agreed to type the same names when registering!

Discount is approved upon all 4 students being accepted.

EXAMPLE: 
Donald Duck in Minneapolis MN, Yogi Bear in Paris France, Mighty Mouse in Boise ID, and Spongebob Squarepants in Los Angeles, CA.

 
Hi there! Allow me to introduce myself:
I'm Jessie Nilo, and I live in Boise, Idaho. I've been ministering to artists for a bunch of years through the VineArts Ministry, which I founded in 2004.  I'm also the founder of Art Fruition and the main instructor for this course.

I made a quick name-doodle just for you.  Now it's your turn!

(...Okay... I'm actually just checking your
DIGITAL UPLOAD CAPABILITY. But it's still kind of fun!)

Don't be worried. I'm the only one who will see it, it's informal, and it's just to see if you can upload things for this course.


 
If I were you, I'd limit your drawing to a 10 minute doodle. 

Take a letter-size paper (8.5 x 11" or thereabouts), and draw your name so it's readable from 3 feet away. 
Use a method BY HAND in any medium, any color, quick and simple.  

Then, take 2 photos of it: 
1) a close-up photo of your name-doodle (or scan it), and 
2) a photo of YOU holding up your name-doodle. 

Are you ready? 

Click on "B" if you need advice on uploading images from your phone, scanner, or camera.

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Uploading Photos (advice):

Below is some advice in uploading images. You can even highlight the small print, copy it, and paste these words into a new document (like in Word) and then print it out for your future reference, if you want.

DIGITAL CAMERA: If you took your photos on a digital camera, connect your camera to your computer with the cable, and open whatever program you use to transfer photos from your digital camera to your computer. Make sure to tell it what folder you want to save the photos in. Now those photos are hanging out in whatever folder you picked inside your computer. You can now go to the tab that has your Art Fruition application, click the cloudy-looking upload symbol, find that photo in the folder where you saved it, and choose the photo that’s needed for that step.

SMART PHONE: If you took your photos with a smart phone, you can do it a few different ways:

1) To e-mail it from your smart phone to your computer: On your phone, open the photo and select "share" (the box with an arrow coming out the top). You can even select both photos at once. Your phone will then let you e-mail both photos to your own email address. Then go to your computer and open your email program in that new tab (not this tab), refresh if necessary, open that email you sent to yourself, and click the button that says "Download all attachments." Now both of those photos are hanging out in your "downloads" folder. You can now go back to the tab that has your Art Fruition application, click the cloudy-looking upload symbol, look in your “downloads” folder, and choose the photo that’s needed for that step.

2) If you have “Air Drop” or other wireless sharing network between your smart phone and computer: On your phone, open the photo and select "share" (the box with an arrow coming out the top). You can even select both photos at once. Your phone will then let you “Air Drop” both photos to your own computer. Then go to your computer and you’ll see both of those photos are now hanging out in your "downloads" folder. You can now go to the tab that has your Art Fruition application, click the cloudy-looking upload symbol, look in your “downloads” folder, and choose the photo that’s needed for that step.

3) To download photos using a cable connected bewteen your smart phone and your computer: Connect your cable between your smart phone and computer, open whatever program you use to transfer photos from your phone, and make sure to tell it what folder you want to save the photos in. Now those photos are hanging out in whatever folder you picked inside your computer. You can now go to the tab that has your Art Fruition application, click the cloudy-looking upload symbol, find that photo in the folder where you saved it, and choose the photo that’s needed for that step. If it’s hard to figure out, it might be easier to just email the photos to yourself (see step 1, above).

If you SCANNED your drawing with a scanner hooked up to a computer, or want to scan it, go to your computer’s control panel and click on the printers, scanners, and devices icon. But before you tell your scanner to scan the picture, first tell it what FOLDER to save it in, so you can find it easily. Then scan it. Now your photo of your drawing is hanging out in whatever folder you picked inside your computer. You can now go to the tab that has your Art Fruition application, click the cloudy-looking upload symbol, find that photo in the folder where you saved it, and choose the photo that’s needed for that step. If it’s hard to figure out your scanner, it might be easier to take digital photos of it and send the photos.
 
Here is where you should upload your CLOSE-UP photo of your name-doodle, all by itself.
BUT WAIT! Before you upload it, make sure it's:

- in focus (not blurry)
- okay lighting (not a super dark photo)
- good contrast 
- doesn't have huge glare 
- no unintended shadows across it (like, yours)
- a good crop (not crooked; no huge awkward space on one side) 
- it's just your art, alone; there's no distracting background
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Not sure how to accomplish this? Try editing it or retaking the photo in a different setting.

Not sure how to edit photos? Then just upload as is, and email me (artfruition@gmail.com) asking me to tell you about some free photo editing programs you'll need to use during this course, and I'll give you a few suggestions. :)
 
And here is where you should upload the photo of YOU, holding up your name-doodle. *

P.S. - I want to see your face. 
P.P.S. - Background clutter is fine in this one. :)

You look marvelous!!
 
Thanks! You're a fine-looking human.

Now, upload an image of something else you have made. *

It could be a cookie, if you baked a cookie.
It could be a sketch, a video, a sculpture, a painting, a photograph, a poster, a story, or a poem. 

Or it could be a video you made of your dog eating the cookie you made.
 
Now that we have your name in pictures, let's type it.

What is your FIRST name? *

 
Last name? *

 
How old are you, {{answer_8546150}}? *

Must be 16 or older to apply.
 
Street address? (for mailing) *

 
City *

 
State, if in the USA
(use 2-letter abbreviation)

If outside the USA, please type your province and country *

 
Zip code

 
Phone number with area code: *

 
Tips: 

You can always scroll upwards to change something you missed.

For the following open-ended questions, the blinky thing will stop typing if you reach 600 characters (around 140 words). That's a medium-sized paragraph.

Just wanted you to know!


 
Why do you want to enroll in this course? *

 
In your own words, please explain how you feel about loving and serving artists.* *

 
Choose: 1= NO WAY!   2= not really.  3= meh.  4= kind of. 5= YES!

 
I am a follower and believer in Jesus Christ of Nazareth in my personal life. I have come to salvation through the grace of Christ's death and resurrection. *






 
I am very sensitive to beauty. *






 
I am very sensitive to emotional pain. *

This isn't negative or positive.
When you see pain, does it affect you more deeply than it affects other people?





 
Artistically-inclined people seem to approach me more often than they approach other people when they're in need of counsel or support. *






 
Turning in assignments is not difficult for me. It's generally easy for me to follow rules and procedures. *

Ahem.
Make sure you're telling the truth.





 
I have a reputation of awesomeness when I'm under someone else's authority, and I don't struggle with rebellion or authority issues. *

C'mon. Be honest.





 
People say I'm organized and good at administrative tasks. *






 
When I'm struggling in my own artwork, the dialog going on in my head tends to be very supportive and positive and I usually try to be my own friend, not my worst enemy. *






 
When I see someone else struggling in their artwork, I want to say encouraging and positive observations to them-- anything true I can find to say about their work that will hopefully give them more courage. *






 
When I see someone else struggling in their artwork, I like offering critique on their work in ways that will help them advance in their art. I value and enjoy the process of critique and giving constructive criticism for the benefit of others. In my own work I routinely seek honest critiques from artists in my field in order to improve my craft. *






 
If I see people in conversation with each other, and then they discover they have different viewpoints on an important issue, I don't feel anxious or upset as long as the conversation remains respectful. *






 
When it comes to people who disagree with my view of governmental politics, I have a reputation for being gentle, sensitive, a good listener, and slow to speak. *






 
When it comes to people who hold MAJORLY different beliefs from what I believe about religion, theology, doctrine, and scriptural interpretation, I have a reputation for being welcoming, gentle, quick to listen, and slow to speak. *






 
When it comes to people who hold SLIGHTLY different beliefs from what I believe about religion, theology, doctrine, and scriptural interpretation, I have a reputation for being welcoming, gentle, quick to listen, and slow to speak. *






 
I have a lot of prior experience in visual art. *

If you don't, it's okay. We'll be changing that soon.





 
It's easy and natural for me to show patience and grace to people who don't know anything about visual art techniques and are trying to learn. *






 
It's easy for me to show patience and grace to myself when I'm learning new art techniques. *






 
I enjoy studying and discussing topics I know absolutely nothing about. Learning new things feels intriguing and exciting to me, and I don't usually become insecure or negative. *






 
From time to time, I will be agreeable to studying or discussing topics I already know a lot about, as long as it's not all the time. *






 
I enjoy creative writing and writing about ideas. *






 
I have a lot of experience in helping others, either in church ministry or in serving people in my community. *






 
What kind(s) of art and/or writing do you like to do, and why? *

 
Tell me about yourself, {{answer_8546150}} -- not about art, not about ministry. Just YOU.

Who is your family? Or what is your favorite food? Where do you like to take walks?

Stuff like that.

Or: Who is your hero and why?
Or how about: What was your favorite moment as it unfolded in your house this past week? 

Those are just a few suggestions to get you thinking, so make up your own questions to answer if you prefer. *

Psst... I love pizza. (Boring and very unhealthy answer, I know.)
I also love stir-fried Asian green beans sauteed in garlic and oyster sauce. 
My husband is Filipino, and he's a great cook!
 
Art and Vocation: Pick all the statements that CURRENTLY describe you. *


 
There's art for income, and there's art you love to make. 
Are they the same for you?

How do you feel about this? Do you feel satisfied? a sense of freedom? frustrated? bored? Do you wrestle with regret? 
Are you exhausted? happy? energized? proud? fragmented? yearning for things to be different?

Please tell me how you feel about your art and your vocation (how it applies to you in the church, in the marketplace, or both). *

 
This school is unique. Please indicate your interest and agreement by clicking yes or no below:

I verify that I want to connect with other art ministers and explore ways of practicing spiritual growth through the visual arts and creative writing-- in the rhythm of sometimes practicing in my own solitude, and at other times creating in community with other artists. *

     
 
I agree with the following statement:

I understand that many students who enroll in Art Ministry 101 are unsure of exactly "how" or "when" or "where" they will be able to apply their learning experience from this Art Ministry 101 course, and may be uncertain about their future plans after taking this course. This does not disqualify anyone from taking this course. *

     
 
I agree with the following statement:

I am aware that some Art Ministry 101 students may be very seasoned in leading artists, while others may be just starting out in ministry or haven't had an opportunity to serve or lead artists yet. This doesn't make anyone better than anybody else. Everyone will be learning.

Regardless of my own career plans or my own level of ministry experience (or lack thereof), I agree to contribute richly to our class discussions of ministry and theology, while fostering an inclusive environment of humility, grace, and education in our ministry training and practice. *

"Paul says to be clothed in humility.
I'm thinking that if humility is some kind of garment, it surely must be underwear." 
-- Pastor Mike Freeman, Art Fruition guest faculty
     
 
I agree with the following statement:

Similarly, I understand that some Art Ministry 101 students will already have extensive experience in visual art, whereas other students will be just starting out in their journey in visual art.

I understand that to foster a safe learning environment, there will be no tolerance of:

- elitism or put-downs
- jealousy of others' success 
- negativity toward others
- self-negativity or self-pity

I understand that every student, from the least experienced to the most experienced, will be expected to practice giving artistic encouragement, feedback, understanding, grace, and support to all other classmates wherever everyone happens to be in the learning process.

I agree to respect people who have different natural abilities and artistic passions from mine. I understand I will often be invited to honor, celebrate, and appreciate the work of people who have very different vocational ambitions from mine.

I agree to do my part to love amateur, emerging, and professional artists, toward the mutual support of every artist, because we all need each other.

I understand that because artists have developed thousands of philosophies throughout history, respectful disagreements will certainly arise in this course. I will not be threatened but will remain open to learning, while remembering my value lies in Christ. If I am hurt by others, it is my responsibility to gently and respectfully convey this to my classmates. If problems persist I will bring the situation to Jessie Nilo's attention.

I understand that philosophical differences should be aired selectively, with wisdom and careful timing. I agree to refrain from making belligerent, divisive, insensitive, or derogatory comments to my classmates.

I understand that if there are ongoing problems in this area, it may result in removal from discussions and possibly removal from this course. *

     
 
I agree with the following statement:

I understand that if I am accepted into this course, I'm asking for feedback from Jessie Nilo, and to a lesser extent from my assigned small group, in both my spiritual journey and in my visual art learning process.

I agree to be open to giving and receiving feedback (critique) according to the model of grace and gentle education that will be modeled in the Art Ministry 101 course.

GIVING:
I agree to refrain from giving other students unwanted critique or unasked-for advice, always making sure I'm being specifically asked for my feedback before offering it.

RECEIVING:
I will be open to receiving appropriate critique from others, and I agree to not confuse my value and God-given worth with my potential for growth. With careful discernment I'll consider the feedback given to me by others, and I agree to tell Jessie Nilo right away if problems emerge for me in the critique process. *

     
 
I agree with the following statement:

I understand that Jessie Nilo and Art Fruition are widely known for promoting unity and mutual appreciation among Christians who belong to a wide variety of worship traditions, styles, expressions, and denominations, just as Jesus prayed for all of His disciples to love each other and be one (John 17).

The instructors and staff of Art Fruition are spiritually mature Christians who value our different backgrounds and strongly believe in the unity of the worldwide Church (people who have been saved by grace through Jesus Christ).

I understand that I am required to show respect for, and hopefully will choose to honor, celebrate, and appreciate, the many beautiful expressions within the bride of Christ. I will refrain from making belligerent, divisive, or derogatory comments regarding the faith and worship expressions of my fellow believers in Christ. Serious infractions will result in removal from discussions and may even result in removal from this course. *

     
 
I agree with the following statement:

I realize that all movements start out grassroots, and those of us in this course are simply moving in the groundswell of God's Spirit as He stirs the hearts of artists around the world.

As visual artists in churches we are pioneers, and there are relatively few paid staff positions for visual artists in churches at this time. I also realize many artists who serve people create their own jobs, often initially as volunteers.

With this in mind, regardless of whether I'm eventually hired somewhere or not, I sense that God is leading me to explore methods of serving artists in the context of Christian community.

I'll pursue my own spiritual and artistic growth without the mindset of jockeying for position in ministry or climbing a career ladder, trusting God to bring opportunities to fruition in His timing. *

     
 
I accept the following terms:

If selected for this school, I will commit to finding the time to do 3-4 hours of homework per week.

I commit to not miss more than 3 weeks of homework during the 27 weeks I am enrolled in this course.

Details of each week:
Video lessons will be ready for you to download every Tuesday (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter weeks).
Sometime between Tuesday and Saturday, you will be expected to:

- watch the video (approximately 1 hour of recorded material)...

- do the assignment (approximately 2 hours) which will vary between visual art and written assignments...

- engage in discussion (approximately 30 minutes) with your assigned small group about that week's material...

- and  upload each week's assignment to Jessie Nilo and your assigned small group by Sunday at midnight. *

You will not be considered for this course unless you agree to these conditions.
     
 
I accept the following terms:

If selected for this school, I will commit 30 minutes per week to staying engaged in group discussions with my fellow students.

Even if I have to miss a week or two of uploading my homework assignments, I commit to staying solidly in discussion and mutually supportive community with my classmates. Making up missed assignments is generally optional and remains at the discretion of the student and instructor. 

THE MOST important aspect of this school is the ongoing nurturing of encouraging relationships within our learning community. *

You will not be considered for this course unless you agree to these conditions.
     
 
I accept the following terms:

If selected for this school, I will commit to paying $98/month for the entire 8 months I am enrolled in this course.

I understand that from Sept 15, 2015 to April 15, 2016 all monthly payments of $98 will be automatically collected on the 15th day of each month for the duration of this course, until the last payment is collected on April 15, 2016.

REFUND POLICY

I understand that I am entitled to a full refund of tuition (minus $50 admin fee) until Oct 5, 2015.

I understand that if I wish to dis-enroll within the time period between Oct 5 and Nov 1, 2015, my automatic monthly payments to Art Fruition will continue through Nov 15, which means my payments will be made to Art Fruition on the following dates: Sept 15, Oct 15, and Nov 15, with no refund. My last monthly payment if I dis-enroll between Oct 5 and Nov 1 will be Nov 15, 2015, at which point all future automatic payments will stop.

I understand that if I wish to dis-enroll from the course between Nov 1, 2015 and April 19, 2016, my agreed-upon monthly payments for this course will continue to be paid to Art Fruition until April 19, 2016 at which point everyone's automatic tuition will stop, including mine. 

EXCEPTION FOR EMERGENCIES

If you have a real emergency that doesn't allow you to engage in this course for a few weeks, Art Fruition will keep your enrollment open for whenever you can jump back in, and we will not require missed assignments to be made up. If an emergency looks like it will require more than 5 weeks of the student's engagement, the student has two options:

1) the option of stopping monthly payments backdated to when the student had to withdraw

2) the option of remaining enrolled in the 2015-16 course and repeating it next year at no charge. The student can remain as part of the class for community, learning, and support while continuing monthly payments. The student would not be required to upload assignments and could finish the year with minimal commitment as is comfortable. The student will then be invited to re-enroll in the 2016-17 Art Ministry 101 course at no charge in order to catch up on whatever their emergency made them miss. *

You will not be considered for this course unless you agree to these conditions.
     
 
Much of the art we create for this course will examine spiritual mysteries and realities according to the Bible.

Students will have a lot of freedom in choosing materials and concepts.

Advanced students can skip the basic art tutorials if they want to. Art demos and tutorials are given at the end of video lessons as a resource for anyone who wants guidance in specific art techniques.

Is this okay with you?
1 = strongly not okay   5 = absolutely awesomely okay *






 
Great job, almost done!

As a class, we will be doing a fair amount of visual art and writing assignments.

Students are required to upload weekly drawing or writing assignments to a small group of classmates who will share encouragement and feedback.

How do you feel about this?
Be honest.

This is NOT asking you to rate the quality of your artwork. 

This is how you FEEL about showing your projects to your classmates.
(...Not that you're going to get out of it or anything, because you're not.)  :)

1 = hate the idea  3 = okay I guess   5 = totally excited! *






 
In your own words, explain how you feel about the requirement to make and share your art in this course. *

 
Do you have any additional comments, questions, or concerns?
Write them below.

 
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(if not, that's okay too.)
 
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{{answer_8546150}}, thank you for applying to
Art Fruition Academy's upcoming course,
"Art Ministry 101."

You will be notified of your status via e-mail in approximately 5 days.

If you are accepted you will need to read
the following book before Sept 15:
Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland (Zondervan, 1999).

Also read the following book by the 3rd week of class:
Finding Divine Inspiration by J. Scott McElroy (Destiny Image, 2008)
Please purchase The Creative Church Handbook by J. Scott McElroy (IVP, 2015) as this is a required course book (you don't have to start reading it yet unless you want to!)

If someone else wants to apply, click below.
A new application fee ($18) will be required.
All students need a unique e-mail address.
fresh new application
I'm sorry, but you will not be able to complete this course unless you have the capability to upload photos and images.

Please ask if there's someone else's computer you could borrow, or see if someone will teach you how to upload pictures, and then re-apply. 
If you have questions, email artfruition@gmail.com.
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