My friend Judi has done this project during Holy Week for many years.
Her 3rd graders make these beautiful images of the Crucified Christ on sandpaper with crayons. She uses a step by step, guided drawing activity to ensure all the details are included. Even though it is guided drawing, the images all take on their own persona.
Prior to the day of drawing, each cloth ( about 12 x 12 inches) is cut with pinking shears so the fabric does not ravel. The fabric chosen is a beige or tan color. The top edge of each cloth is folded over about a half inch and sewn to create a small rod pocket. All the parents need to do is insert a dowel into the rod pocket for hanging work the piece comes home. This prep work is time consuming but worth it in the end.
After the drawing on the sheet of sandpaper is complete, the sandpaper if placed image side down onto each piece of fabric. Judi then irons the back of each piece of sandpaper to transfer each image to the cloth. Some images are darker than others depending how much pressure was used in drawing the image with the crayons.
The students have to wait to see their picture appear on the fabric. This is a wonderful reminder of the Shroud of Turin that the children had learned about in Religion class.
Here are just a few of these wonderful images of the Crucified Christ.
This is such a meaningful project for Holy Week. The artwork is something that will last for generations in a Catholic family.
Looking forward to a blessed Holy Week!
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