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Painting the Pantocrator
Penny Angelo

5th-grade art students painted a Byzantine icon, an integral part of the Orthodox Christian faith. Icons in the Orthodox Christian church are carefully painted with intentional religious symbols and color choices. After learning about the background of this art, each student painted the Pantocrator, a specific depiction of Jesus usually seen inside the dome of the church. Students also worked to perfect their skills in drawing hands, faces, and fabric. While the Pantocrator is one of the oldest Byzantine icons dating back to the sixth century, the art of iconography has not been lost in modern times, and it continues to live within our art curriculum.

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