Traditional Christian Iconography - SERAPHIC RESTORATIONS - Marek Czarnecki

St. Luke - Marek CzarneckiIconography Lessons/Weekly Classes and Workshops

SIX DAYS OF CREATION Workshops in icon painting are led by world-renowned Master Iconographer Xenia Pokrovsky. Iconographers, Marek Czarnecki, and Anna Pokrovskya-Gouriev, Xenia's daughter, assist with instruction.

2012 Icon Workshop
(Workshop Registration Forms)

JANUARY 22-28, 2012
Angel's Nest
Sao Paulo, Brazil

MAY 20 - 26, 2012
St. Mary' Seminary
Santa Barbara, CA

JUNE 17-23, 2012
St.Tikhon Orthodox Seminary
South Canaan, PA

AUGUST 5 -11, 2012
Asbury Theological Seminary
Wilmore, KY

Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center
Maggie Valley, NC


Classes General Curriculum

The student experiences the entire process, beginning with the preparation of the board to the varnishing of a finished icon. Working with a large, flat board, the initial study is on icons of faces. Emphasis is in learning the basic technique of egg tempera painting, using it to articulate the structure of forms - constructing them with smoothly painted passages of light, connected with the expressive, essential quality of the graphic line. Coupled with this artistic work is learning the theological underpinnings of the icon, incorporating with it the practices of silence and prayer.

After acquiring a familiarity with the basic technique, materials and visual language, the student continues with several more icons exploring the variety of facial types. In time, the course of study moves onto half-length figures, their draped garments and the movement of arms and hands. Next is the writing of full figures, then figures in a setting with architecture and landscape, and finally multi-figural feast day icons.

With a thorough experience of the traditional language of iconography, students continue their studies with the writing of new icons- recently recognized saints or subjects for which no prototype exists, yet firmly within the rubrics of the iconographic canon and traditional church teaching.




Marek and students at a workshopSCHEDULE OF CLASSES / FEES

Typically, 10 classes are needed to complete the first icon, but this span of time varies from student to student; each student is encouraged to work at his or her own pace. Each class is 4 hours, although students may remain longer as needed. Teaching fee is $15 per hour or $60 per daily session; all materials (board, gesso, pigments, varnish) are included except for gold leaf, which is available at cost.

For information about iconography workshops taught nationally, visit Hexaemeron Workshops  for a schedule.

Marek Czarnecki
Seraphic Restorations
464 Pratt Street Extension
Meriden, CT 06450

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