Art Intensive/Murals for Ministry/August 11-14

Come and learn art basics with excellence! Learn graphics and design and how to create a mural in a local Kansas City mission so you can create your own murals! You can also schedule your own mural and we can come to you. Contact or for more information or call 573-851-9311

Come to an Art Intensive Retreat! Or Schedule Your Own Art Paint Party or Tea Party!

Visual Manna Art Programs are about using art to glorify God and uplift and encourage others in creating beautiful spaces! 

It is also about our teaching methods of combining the master artists, the elements and principles of art and art techniques in media for maximum creativity and excellence in visual communication.   

Learn how to:

Do Paint Parties

Host Art Tea Parties

Teach Art

Join us for our week long Art Intensive Retreats and we will show you how!

Check out all the details for our week long retreats HERE.


If you are interested in scheduling a Paint Party or Artist Tea Party taught by us, CONTACT US HERE!


Be Bold, Be Original, Be Excellent!!!

Visual Manna Art Academy

This is a new 20 hour high school art class  that can be taken online or locally as an art intensive.  Students get to take two art mission trips as part of the class.  We also will be offering an English Literature and Journalism class. 

Each 2 hour class includes ten exciting power points with lesson plans and one hour of instruction in technique and media. Each of the 10 lessons includes approximately two hours of independent study. We will help you put your digital art portfolio or writing portfolio together, we will help you get free lance work, we will arrange two mission trips where you will get hands on experience and you will have an optional opportunity for AP credit starting 2018. You can take the class online, or arrange for a group of 15 students to take the class at a local facility. Email me at for more information. Check out these free lessons by Sharon Jeffus.  Another goal of the art class it to be able to teach younger children using Visual Manna materials.

Lesson topics include the elements of art, the principles of art, the psychology and use of color in art, illustration, composition and design, sculpting, creating logos and ads, graphic art on the computer, photography and film making, comic strip art and animation, animals in art, landscapes in art, architecture and landscape architecture and set design, prop design, and costume design. Ask to see a sample lesson including power points, etc.

You can start anytime….Online or arrange a group locally of fifteen students or more.    Excellent opportunities exist for internships at Christian ministries or business upon completion of program. I will help students get required work for the Governor’s School, optional AP credit (starting in 2018), or scholarships.  They will create an excellent digital portfolio with our help. We can also help students to pursue free lance work. We will arrange two mission trips where you will get hands on experience. To reiterate students can take the class online, or arrange for a group of 15 students to take the class at a local facility over a one-week period.

Art is a powerful tool in communication of the gospel. Many students are gifted in the visual arts but have not had the training and experience to use it effectively and with confidence in their churches and communities, and especially when they go on mission trips to serve the Lord and communicate the gospel. Everyone knows the power of an image to convey truth. Art transcends language.

The slogan of Visual Manna’s new art program is “BE BOLD, BE ORIGINAL, AND BE EXCELLENT.”‘


Goals for the new Visual Manna Academy Art Program

1. Students will learn a variety of art techniques in different media and explore finding their own style and their favorite medium.

2. Students will complete 20 works of art that will be appropriate for their digital portfolio, college entrance, free lance work, or AP credit (optional, beginning in 2018).

3. Students will gain experience seeing their gifting in art used in a practical way by experiencing the opportunity to go on two mission trips that will be focused on creating art to use in ministry and encouragement.

4. Students will complete the program with 20 hours of online study and two weeks of practical use of their gifting (mission trips) in order to go into their communities and churches and use their gifting with confidence.

5. Students will cover graphic art programs using open source software and learn techniques in video, drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, graphic art, landscape architecture, architecture and costume design. When they choose their concentration they will choose their area of career interest.

6. Students will get a solid foundation in art history and the vocabulary of the arts.

7. Students will get a strong foundation in the elements and principles of art. Cost is $300.00 ( not including cost of missions trips, TBD by individual trip destination and necessary fees).

8. When graduating the program, Visual Manna will work to find students an internship that will further enhance their gifting with Christian companies and ministries.


To finish the class, students will be able to do at least two mission trips. We are working on different opportunities right now.  On some of the mission trips, parents will be welcome to be a part of the experience. I am scheduling one with Chris Davis to Israel to do work for some ministries there, including murals, which is very exciting!

There are many benefits from the program for the student and the communities they will serve. Students will create educational beautiful spaces in Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO with sculptures and murals. They will create graphic art and work in illustration, photography and film-making for their professional portfolio. Students will receive my teaching programs to use, and my paint party topics for outreach on missions and for use in their own communities. Students will gain confidence and leadership in art and learn how to use their gifting for the Lord.

When students finish class and two mission trips, internships are available. You can learn more about the internships here. It is our goal that students will be able to make money using their gifting in art.

The cost is $400 for the whole online class portion and you can pay in two payments. Siblings are $650 for two.  The cost for the individual mission trips will vary by location and travel needed. Scholarships will be available if needed.

Contact Sharon for more information at

Read more details about this new offering HERE.

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. – Michelangelo

The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become. – Henry Martyn

Elizabeth – Our Prayer Warrior for Visual Manna













What would a Visual Manna Academy mission trip look like? ISRAEL 2018

Israel in 2018! 

Students experience  contributing to ministry in art  spending two weeks in Israel, painting murals at settlements, experiencing sketching and photography of various sights in the Bible, and going on an archeological dig.  High school history credit can be obtained on this trip.  

2018 Proposed Itinerary for Art Students/ Sharon Jeffus

May 1 – May 15, 2018

Monday, May 1

Independence Museum

Jaffa Artist Colony

Dinner & Overnight in Netanya

Tuesday, May 2

Caesarea by the Sea

Ein Hod Artist Village

Mt. Carmel (site of face-off between Elijah & prophets of Baal/Armageddon)

Dinner & Overnight in Netanya

Wednesday, May 3

Rosh Hanikra

Keshet Cave

Nazareth Village (recreation of village of Jesus’ time)

Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

Dinner & Overnight on the Sea of Galilee

Thursday, May 4

Capernaum (town where Jesus lived with Peter’s family)

Mount of Beatitudes


Peter’s Primacy


Rafting the Jordan River

Dinner & Overnight on the Sea of Galilee

Friday, May 5

Tzfat (holy city and artist colony)

Banias (Caesarea Philippi)

Tel Dan

Dinner & Overnight on the Sea of Galilee

Saturday, May 6

Jesus’ Baptismal site on Jordan River

Ein Gedi


Dinner and overnight at Masada

Sunday, May 7

Float in the Dead Sea

Mount Sodom

Tel Beersheba

Emek Haleah (where David killed Goliath)

Walk to Western Wall

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

Monday, May 8

Mount of Olives

City of King David – Southern Walls

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

Tuesday, May 9

Itamar/Alon Moreh


Maale Levona

Art Project in Shomron

Bar B Q

Overnight in the Shormron

Wednesday, May 10

Day spent with art project in Shomron

Dinner and overnight in the Shormron

Thursday, May 11

Day spend finishing art project in Shomron

Dinner and overnight in the Shormron

Friday, May 12

Yad Vashem

Jewish Quarter

Dinner with Israeli Soldiers

Overnight in Jerusalem

Saturday, May 13

Garden of Gethsemane

Pool of Bethsaida

Via Dolorosa

Garden Tomb

Ben Hinnom

Ben Yehudah Street

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

Sunday, May 14

Israel Museum

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

Visit with famous Israeli Artist

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

Monday, May 15

Leave for home


Kansas City in 2017!

Students will take a quarter acre of land in the inner city and create a beautiful play area for the children.  Students will create large sculptures and murals, and do some landscape architecture to create a lovely environment for the children.  We will also do sightseeing at the Nelson and other places of importance in Kansas City.

For more information, contact Sharon at



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