Christmas Story Art Resources

"We ask our students to take a blank piece of canvas...and make it speak of God"

The Christmas Art Competition gives our Year 5 and 6 students the opportunity to be engaged in the process of theological reflection. Through the process of ‘breaking open’ Scripture, students bring their understanding of the Scriptures of Advent and Christmas to artistic expression. They illustrate their understanding of the themes of our faith story through art.

The Scripture passages are taken directly from the Primary Religious Education Curriculum in Years 5 and 6 Advent and Christmas units.

The artistic aspects, skills and appreciation, relate to the Primary Creative Arts - Visual Arts Syllabus.

Christmas Story artWORKS From previous years 

See a collation of CEDoW students' winning entries – both their artwork and accompanying explanations – from previous years of the Sydney Archdiocese Christmas Art Competition & Exhibition.


Scripture passages

The subject matter is drawn from the Religious Education Curriculum and includes additional verses from the Gospel of Matthew.

See the full text of the below Scripture passages here. 



‘Journey to Bethlehem’ 
Luke 2:3-5

Prepare the Way’ 
Isaiah 40:3-5

The Birth of Jesus & the Visit of the Shepherds’
Luke 2:9-14

The Birth of Jesus and Visit of the Magi’
Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:9-12

Journey to Bethlehem’ 
Luke 2:3-5

The Annunciation’ 
Luke 1:26-36

The Flight to Egypt’ 
Matthew 2:13-15

The Birth of Jesus and Visit of the Magi’ 
Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:9-12 

This year the judges are again looking for artworks that reflect an understanding and interpretation of one of the scripture verses, that also includes authentic imagery from the time of Jesus.

View some photographs and images of the Holy Land here.


Explanation Text to accompany your artwork

Each artwork requires a title and brief explanation (maximum of 200 words) to written by the students. A template for this text is available here.

Some prompts/questions to guide the composition of students' written reflection/explanatory text:

  • SUBJECT MATTER - Identify your chosen scripture passage. Describe the subject matter of your artwork.
  • PERSONAL - How does your choice of subject manner relate to your family, culture, an event or experience in your life?
  • SCRIPTURAL - In what ways does your chosen scripture deepen your faith, stimulate your imagination or lead you reflection and prayer?
  • ARTISTIC - Is your artwork an appropriation of, or inspired by another artist's work, or your original work? What is your style, media and intention?

See some examples of accompanying explanations in this collation of CEDoW students' winning entries from previous years of the Sydney Archdiocese Christmas Art Competition & Exhibition.



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