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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Miracle of the Sun ~ Art Project ~ Our Lady of Fatima


The Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun is Oct. 13th. In honor of the occasion I wanted to share an art project which centers around this amazing miracle. I asked the kids to image what they think the "dancing" sun may have looked like to the people who were standing in the crowd on that rainy October day. Then they created some wonderful pictures. Read about Fatima and the sun miracle HERE.

To create this you will need:
  • yellow construction paper (Cut onto 8 x 11 inch page - if you want to add it to a 3 ring binder-art-portfolio.)
  • black construction paper
  • crayons 
  • scissors
  • glue


Using your crayons, create your "dancing" sun scene. Leave a little extra room at the bottom for the crowd of people.
Using a white crayon, draw the heads of the crowd onto the black paper. You need to make 2 or 3 layers of heads. 
The layers should have different heights so they can all be seen. Range the heights from 1 inche to 2 inchs. Also create a few pointing and/or praising people. These will be added to the crowd to make more interest and diversity. 
Cut out all the people and make sure they all have a white out line. This creates a sunshine look on their silhouettes. It also make them easier to see. 
Glue the layers together and then glue them on to the bottom for the sun picture. 
Add the extra people. Glue them between the layers. You may need to cut off some of there body to make them fit. 
If you have cut the yellow paper down to a regular sheet size you will need to cut off the extra black parts along the edges. 
Here is an example of a finished project, and below are the few of the projects my kids made.



May you all have a blessed day!
~Jennifer


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5 comments:

  1. Love it!! Perfect craft. I think I'll tackle this Tuesday ( a day late bc Monday is crazy)THANKS Jen.

    Your kids did beautiful work!!

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  2. This is so awesome. Was looking for a craft and this is really beautiful. Thanks for the great idea.

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  3. So beautiful Jennifer! I hope to get to this! I did link up to this post on my post here: http://asliceofsmithlife.blogspot.com/2014/10/our-lady-of-fatima-and-miracle-of-sun.html Thanks for always inspiring me!

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  4. I teach 6, 7 and 8 religion. Would this be a good project for this age group, or do you think it's too juvenile? Thanks, Steve

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    1. Hi Steve, I don't think it's too juvenile for any age. The more ability the kids have to create art would only make it more detailed and beautiful!
      Encourage them to create detailed outlines of the people. Have them think about what the people would have been doing. How would they have been feeling. Then they can create more interesting people figures based on that.
      The same could be done with the sun. Have them create a detailed and fancy image of how they think the sun would have looked when it danced.
      If they are very good artists, they could even add the images of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, or of Saint Joseph blessing the people - as Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco saw. (These could be drawn on regular paper and glued onto the sun.)
      Hope that helps you.
      Thank you for all your help in teaching these children!
      God Bless!
      ~Jennifer

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