Thursday, April 24, 2014

Divine Mercy Watercolor Art Page

Celebrating Divine Mercy with kids can be a great way to teach about God's forgiveness and love.  I especially like to work it in while talking about or preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, giving kids a model of the forgiveness that Christ wants to extend to them.

Visuals are always good, so I created this watercolor craft project to help kids remember the strong symbolism found in the image of Divine Mercy.  Here's how I have used this activity in my classroom:

1. Print the coloring page at the bottom of this post:
 2. Color the heart and the globe, but leave space in the "scribbles."
3. Using the often sad & neglected white crayon, draw lines from the heart to the bottom corners of the paper...
 kind of like this:
 ...only you won't be able to see them yet.
4.  Grab some cheapo water colors:
5. First paint the globe and the heart with their appropriate colors.  Note the texture even a monochromatic crayon/paint combo can show.  (If you are working with littles or with a limited amount of time, you can skip this step and just have them color in the globe and heart.)
 Here we are so far:

6. Now for the big reveal.  Here is where you really want to talk about the meaning of Divine Mercy and the symbolism found in the image of Divine Mercy revealed to St. Faustina.  Check out the link at the very top of the post if you need more information.

Remember where those white crayon lines were?  Remind the kids that the Blood that flowed from Christ's side at His Passion is the Blood that washes us clean and atones for our sin.  You should also talk about the connection to the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  Have them use red watercolor paint and go over the white lines on the left side of the picture.  See how the rays show through?  A great object lesson to remind the kids that God's mercy is there even when we can't see or feel it.
7. Do the same thing with blue paint on the right side, symbolizing the cleansing power of the Sacrament of Baptism.  The white rays shine through again, reminding us that the mark of our Baptism is strong and important, even though we can't see it.

The Blood and water flowing from the Heart of Christ is given to everyone, and we are reminded of the main response in the Divine Mercy Chaplet, "Have mercy on us and on the whole world." 



8. Want your art to match the Image of Divine Mercy even more?  Paint or color the background of the page black, reminding us of the darkness of life without Christ.

Click here for the coloring page printable:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMWnlLSFFfMk9RWUU/edit?usp=sharing

Here are some other activities that have connections to Divine Mercy-

Pop Out Divine Mercy Beads:

 Connecting the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Divine Mercy Notebooking Activity

Connecting the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Divine Mercy Lapbook Activity:

9 comments:

  1. This is a really incredible craft! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Blessed is She, Katie! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Laurel! I'm glad you found me :)

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  2. Love your work and wonderful ideas. Thank you.
    Please feel free to check out and use our original coloring pages at:
    http://sjtb.org/releducolor.html
    God bless,
    Julie

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, Julie! I actually have used many coloring pages from your site already- especially the Saint ones! Do you have a talented artist in your parish who creates these? They are so great!

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  3. What a beautiful project! Thanks for sharing your ideas and artistic talents!

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  4. I love all your ideas, Katie! Thank you so much for sharing--you make my life as a homeschooler much easier. God bless!

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  5. Thanks for the lovely art ideas. I'm a 'teacher' too- we homeschool and I've found some neat faith based things from your site. Guess I know what we'll be doing for art this soon. I love this Divine Mercy one and I think the kids will too.

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia! This is one of my favorite projects :). I hope your kids loved it!

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