A few of my brothers and sisters in Christ are interested in how our children's icons are made. I am not sure this process is repeatable by anyone, but I will give some options for the novice. I also will profess to you all that in no way do I feel these paper and paint icons do justice to the tremendous tradition of iconography. However, I feel that they are a teaching tool for my kids to learn their faith. The icons are speaking to them the story of our Church and therefore they are written.
Feast of the Ascension Kontonkion:
"O Christ our God, upon fulfilling Your dispensation for our sake, You ascended in Glory, uniting the earthly with the heavenly. You were never separate but remained inseparable, and cried out to those who love You, "I am with you and no one is against you."
Paper, scissors, masking tape, pencils, fine point sharpie, masonite board, crayola tempera paints, variety of paint brushes, paper towels, assortment of bowls and cups, a meter stick, a masonite board, sipping liquor.
The first image I draw is Christ's face. I begin by making the peak of Christ's forelock. It's just a location thing for me. If I can establish that I can block out the rest of the face. Then I draw the rest of the shape of His head, and place eyes, nose and mouth within the head shape. Icons follow traditional face placement. Eyes are placed halfway between the top of the head and chin. The tip of the nose is place halfway between the eyes and the chin. The part of the lips is place halfway between nose and chin.
The shape of heads are large and round. The roundness is meant to be geometric, which is a perfection of God. The largeness shows wisdom--understanding of life's mysteries. Icons also often have large eyes, deep eyes, piercing eyes. Omniscient, omnipresent, omnipowerful, all-good God is seeing you through this image. Wisdom of the ages is portrayed through the eyes.
Christ's eyebrows are stern and serious. He has the weight of the world on His shoulders. He is the ultimate authority. We are meant to feel the weight of his presence and authority through the eyes and eyebrows.
Lips are only just suggested by the curve of the bottom lip and the curve of the chin, the part of the lips and the philtrum depression below the nose (see final Theotokos image below).
Noses fall long and straight. Ears are drawn between eyes and bottom of nose.
Christ's halo is usually adorned with a cross. His sacrifice is always an integral part of His glory.
"Mommy, what is a halo?" It is an expression of God's light and glory, illuminating the holy person. This person is illuminated by God because he is with God.
|"I need you to hold me, Mom!"|
|Annie thought she needed to wear a swimsuit to paint today. She did not want to mess her dress.|