Visual Manna Internship 

Here are some questions answered:

How long does this last?  An internship lasts for 3 months of training or 300 hours: Students will be recognized as graduates of Visual Manna Academy and mentored by Sharon Jeffus.  There are three more months of working for salary after the training.  This is optional.    Students work basically at least two days a week. 

What is the cost and what does this include:

Cost for the training is 500 a month. Bartering is accepted as well.   

 All materials and supplies are included and students will develop their own portfolio including one in a digital format.  They will also receive permission to teach using Visual Manna materials. 

What will they be learning? 

  Students will learn the basic elements and principles of art.  They will learn techniques in media including watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing perspective skills, sculpting in different media, cartoon art and graphic art on the computer, skills in Adobe Photoshop or Gimp, beginning video and filmmaking.   We will try to find their favorite media and then develop their own original style.  We will do murals for ministry and business.  We will work on book illustration and running an art gallery and exhibiting their work.   

All materials and supplies will be included in the internship.  If we are getting payments for the commercial work, students will get partial payment for their work and credit for their work.  They can retain the copyrights for the work, but Visual Manna will have permission to use any of their work created in the internship.  

We would also like them to attend at least one camp where they receive mural training and learn art for ministry, this will count as part of their training.    


To Whom it May Concern, 

I had the pleasure of working under the guide of Sharon Jeffus with Visual Manna. Though an aspiring Artist, I knew little about the foundations and principles of art. Now I know not just definitions but the application of said skills. Sharon is extremely knowledgeable as well as optimistic in her teachings. She has personally guided me into being able to be proud of my art, as well as encourage my own creativity. Visual Manna is involved in many different ministry and schooling activities. The heart for using the beauty of art to inspire others and encourage the gospel is a worthwhile cause that God is using all around Kansas City. The Visual Manna Artist Tea Parties are wonderful educational parties to spark creativity, encouragement, and the Gospel in children. The projects are fun for even adults to finish. I love how family-orientated Visual Manna aims to be, and there are benefits and opportunities for people of all ages through their educational services.  

– Hannah Bond 2019 – 2020 

Your mentor is:  

Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University and continued on in her studies to be certified to teach English from the University of Arkansas. She studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Southern Illinois University. She has written over twenty books and has the internationally known company Visual Manna. Sharon wrote her first book in 1992 and developed the Visual Manna teaching method where art is integrated with art appreciation, techniques, vocabulary and core subjects. She has also written an Indian Arts and Crafts program that was rated outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sharon taught in the public schools in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. She then left the public school system to write books, travel and homeschool her two children.  Sharon also taught Intensive English as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Missouri-Rolla and has given presentations on teaching art to college classes including Azusa Pacific University and Columbia College and the Audubon Society. She has three AP courses that have been approved to teach. Art internships are also available. Sharon developed and presented workshops in coordination with Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Bass Pro on art and science. Her books are available in ebook form and at Rainbow Resources.