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  • 1. Religious Icons
    • Lesson Objective:
    • To explore the origins and style of religious Icons
    • To produce your own version of a religious Icon
  • 2. What is an Icon?
    • An Icon is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting.
    • The word ‘Icon’ comes from the Greek ‘eikon’ meaning ‘a holy image which is given special veneration’
    • The Orthodox churches are most commonly associated with Icons
  • 3.
    • Have a look at some examples of some religious Icons…
    • Some of them are almost 1000 years old!
    • What do you like or dislike about the style of art used?
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    • Anyone recognise this very famous example of an Icon?
  • 6.
    • Some Icons were created from bronze or other precious metals.
    • Next time you are in the chapel, have a look for an example of this type of Icon which Mrs Koryl bought from Poland.
  • 7.
    • One of the last ceramic Icons in existence, dating back from 900AD in Bulgaria.
  • 8.
    • It takes a lot of skill and patience to produce a hand painted Icon.
    • Many nuns and monks train for many years to produce one-off originals that take months to produce!
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    • Many Orthodox churches are adorned with Icons…
    • Many Christians view Icons not just as pieces of art, but as a way to help us worship and focus on God during prayer and celebration.
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    • There are many different types of religious Icons that you can buy!
    • Have a look next time you visit a religious shop or if your parish has a stall selling religious items!
  • 14.
    • Some modern artists have created Icon paintings of ‘modern day’ religious figures.
    • This one of Archbishop Oscar Romero depicts poverty, war and violence.
  • 15.
    • And again, Mother Teresa is shown in this example of a modern day Icon.
  • 16. Your Task!
    • You will be creating your own picture of a religious Icon.
    • You will be producing a draft on A4 (Or using Photoshop) which the Art department will then use to produce large paintings using your ideas as inspiration!
    • Choose a saint which you know about, or use the information that your teacher will give you. Try to include ideas that reflect something about the Saint’s life.
    • OR choose a modern day religious hero!
    • There will be PRIZES for the best pieces of work!!