Using Sacred Art to Bring the Faith Alive

How to Use

Because sacred art is a proven way to infuse your classroom with beauty while encouraging fruitful discussions, we have included several images below, along with ways to bring the painting to life.

How to Use

Because sacred art is a proven way to infuse your classroom with beauty while encouraging fruitful discussions, we have included several images below, along with ways to bring the painting to life.

Art featured in Spirit of Truth: Our Life in Jesus (2nd Grade)

Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy

Your students may be familiar with this image, but do they understand what it really means?

Fifth grade teachers: please note that a usable digital image of the Adolf Hyla Divine Mercy painting could not be located. We have provided here the 1934 Eugeniusz Kazimirowski painting.

Adoration of the Lamb

Adoration of the Lamb

Jesus, represented by the lamb, is praised by all in this beautiful painting.

c. 1432,  Jan van Eyck

Feeding the Five Thousand

Feeding the Five Thousand

Jesus fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish! Show your students this miracle with this painting.

c. 1580-1590, Marten van Valckenborch

The Sacrificial Lamb

The Sacrificial Lamb

Teach your students that Jesus was the Sacrificial Lamb, who represents the sacrifice of Passover

c. 1670-1684, Josepha de Ayala

 The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

Thomas doubted Jesus' Resurrection until he himself touched Jesus' side. Teach your students not to be a "doubting Thomas".

c. 1601-1602, Caravaggio

What Our Lord Saw From the Cross

What Our Lord Saw From the Cross

Present to your students a unique perspective of the crucifixion!

c. 1886-1894, James Tissot

Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet

Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet

Jesus presents a radical change to what it means to serve others. Help show your students with this image.

c. 1616, Dirck van Baburen

The Sacrifice of Isaac

The Sacrifice of Isaac

The New Testament lies hidden in the Old Testament. Hep your students uncover it with this image.

c. 1617, Caravaggio

San Damiano Cross

San Damiano Cross

This cross has great significance! Reflecting on all the tiny figures on the borders of the cross will be very fruitful for your students!

Replica after 1100 original
 

Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Did your students know that Jesus spent the first four years of His life in Egypt? Show them this image to help you tell the story of the flight into Egypt!

c. 1879, , Luc-Olivier Merson

The Annunciation

The Annunciation

This image smoothly initiates class discussion and also begins a brief review of the previous unit!

c. 1508-1519, Juan de Flandes

Adoration of the Shepherds

Adoration of the Shepherds

Reflecting on this peaceful image helps your students to more clearly imagine the amazing mystery of the Incarnation!

c. 1622, Gerard van Honthorst