VBS Wrap up

Another Grace Chapel VBS is in the books!  I was the team lead for the Design Team, and I had one of the best group of volunteers I could ever have hoped for!  We averaged 3 days a week for about 3 months from start to installation and the set blessed over 500 children!  The theme was ‘Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus’ and we are still receiving compliments on our work.

Small Hall
Small Hallway

Above is the Small Hallway, or what I call the Ad Hall.  This vignette goes up about a month or so before VBS begins and it basically advertises that VBS registration is open.  As kids register, their names are placed on the net, and they are always thrilled to look through the many names and find theirs.

Waterfall
Waterfall

Each year everyone looks forward to the landing area, where we try to have a scene that fits in with the theme.  It is usually something that is a great backdrop for photos, and the kids love having their pictures taken in front of these vignettes.  This time however, they wanted to be in the waterfall!  We had to reset the Styrofoam rocks after every service!

Hallway to classrooms
Entry to hallway leading to classrooms and Chapel

This hallway we decided to make it feel like the kids were on their way to board the ship, so we created a dock with piers.  I loved seeing the toddlers trying to touch the ‘water’, which was blue crepe-like fabric with clear cellophane and blue puck lights underneath!

Check In Station
Check In Station

Another popular place we create is the 10′ x 20′ Check In Station, where the children check in each morning of VBS.  We install a week or two ahead of time, and people love to mill around with a coffee and read a book in here.

Eight and twelve foot palm trees
Palm trees on stage

These are the 10′ and 14′ palm trees assembled on stage.  I love the paper bag ‘bark’!  Thank you Donna and Linda!

James Working on ship
Disassembling the ship to get it through the doors
Assembling ship on stage
Reassembling the ship on stage

The ship was a 9′ tall large frame with paneling for the sides.  I painted the wood grain to complete the look.  Here, James, the ship builder, top and right, and Kelly are setting it up on stage.  I was amazed at how little time it took him to take it apart and reassemble it.  Awesome!

Stage with palm tree stansions
Stage with the stanchions in the chapel

The photo above shows the Shipwrecked stage in the Chapel area, with a forest of little palm trees where the kids break out into groups to participate.

Stage
Closer view of the stage
Tiki hut
Tiki hut with palm trees, sand, backdrop and the podium
Ship on stage
The completed ship

This is the ship complete with mast, sails and ladder.  The kids went crazy over this piece!

The Design Team
The Design Team for 2018

Donna, myself, Lynley, George, Linda, and Kelly with Jonathon and Daniel.  By the way, Kelly also had an acting part in the skits.  Awesome job everyone and thank you so much for all of your hard work!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have been up to these past few months, and I would love to hear from you!

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VBS Set Construction

Our church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) is coming up in June, and I am the team lead this year for construction of the set.  Here are a few photos of some of the props we have made so far for the theme, ‘Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus’:

Anchors and chains
4′ high anchors made of Styrofoam with chains made of foam pipe insulation
Assembled oar paddle
Close up of an oar paddle created out of Styrofoam and shaped with a hot knife
Liferings ours vs storebought
Our life ring vs. a store bought one:  ours is on the left, and is a Styrofoam disc wrapped in white tape, then red tape and yellow rope
Liferings
More life rings
Lynley with finished oar
Lynley, one of our wonderful team members with a finished 7′ oar.  The paddle is attached to a wooden tree stake with spray foam, then wrapped with rope for a finished look

I will post more photos as we get things done, and I hope you have a blessed day!

The Dump Truck

Well, it has been a couple of months since I have posted anything, mainly due to a bad case of bronchitis and being out of town.  I am now back in the  saddle as they say, so I figured I better get blogging!

I do a fair amount of painting for our church, Grace Chapel in Leiper’s Fork, TN.  This past winter, our Youth Pastor, Bill Cannon, asked if I could assist him in painting a stage prop he had built for the annual GC Kids Production, ‘Kids Under Construction’, that took place in March.  Pastor Bill is known for his creative engineering talents and he leaves no stone unturned when it comes to building something.  He showed me his idea of the dump truck, then showed me the parts that needed to be painted.  I said I would help and then proceeded to paint the frame and cab at the church as they were rather large.  The other parts I carried to my studio to paint there.

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Purple foam sheets are the pieces for the dump box, and the white foam discs are going to be the tires.
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PVC pipes that will be painted with ‘chrome’ spray paint and become the axles and exhaust
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Exhaust pipes drying.  The ‘chrome’ spray paint was really nice to work with.

The frame was made of wood, the axles and exhaust pipes were made of PVC pipe, the gas tanks were large rectangular plastic jugs with silver insulation wrapped around them, then the tires, box, and cab were made out of styrofoam.

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Michael

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Sides, tailgate and tires ready for shipping!

The studio was rather cramped for space and I did a bit of rotation as the pieces were painted and set to dry.

 

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Rear view, and yes, it actually rolls!

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Once we assembled the truck, I added red glitter letters to the sides, and there was also yellow chains to finish off the box, but for some reason I do not have a photo of that.

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Nearing completion, setting up the stage.

It all came together nicely, and during the show the 10 foot long dump truck even had smoke coming out of the exhaust pipes, thanks to a smoke machine Pastor Bill had hidden in the box of the truck!  I hope you enjoy the pictures, and would love to hear your thoughts!  Have you created something out of styrofoam?