Iconography 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.
JANUARY 22-28, 2012
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
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 1, 2012
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.
- Preparing the wood panel
- Making animal hide glue; gluing linen onto the board.
- Making artistís gesso, with a marble and chalk base
- Finding an appropriate prototype; creating your own drawing.
- Transferring the drawing onto the board; preparing the panel for gilding.
- Applying gold leaf with a slow drying oil-based size varnish.
- Making the egg tempera painting medium from egg yolks.
- Using natural pigments; grinding you own from natural sources; making paint.
- First basecoat of color or roskrish.
- Lighting the figure.
- Subsequent layers of highlighting and finishing.
- Painting with thin gold lines or assiste.
- Calligraphic inscriptions.
- Varnishing the icon.
SCHEDULE 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.