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The Prosopon School of Iconology
Icon Painting Workshop
in the Byzantine-Russian Tradition
June 11-16, 2018
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
This expanded course offering involves the study of the ancient
floating technique of icon painting in the Byzantine Russian
tradition, which reached its height in the XV-XVI centuries.
Students will study the many-stepped method of layering egg
tempera under the instruction of a teacher from the Prosopon
School of Iconology. Gesso application, gilding on bole, and final
olipha application will also be taught. Each step has a symbolic and
theological basis as a liturgical art. This basis will be taught parallel
to the technique. Normally, each individual student completes an
Icon by the end of the course. A background in art is NOT
required to be successful in this course.
Beginner and Advancedstudents welcome.
Daily Schedule of Classes
9:00 a.m to noon - instruction
Break for lunch
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (estimate) - instruction
TECHNICAL CONTENTS OF COURSE
1. Explanation of the preparation of the board with gesso ground,levkas
2. Transferring the Image and its engraving: preparation of thesurface under the gold (red clay application)
3. Gilding and burnishing
4. First layer of color, roskrish
5. Redrawing of the outlines; first highlights, vokhrenie
6. First float of transparent color
7. Second highlight
8. Second float
9. Second redrawing; third highlight, enliveners, ozhivki
10. Linseed oil application, Olipha
11. Questions, make-up, review of the process, and instructor comments regarding each icon
WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNER STUDENTS
Beginning students will commence their studies on the image of the Archangel Michael
and work in a step by step process towards
its completion. Along with the technical application and
instruction, the theological understanding of the Icon will be
presented. This icon is the first of the curriculum which is
structured as a progression of icons that reflect the growing skills
and spirituality of the student. The icon of the Archangel Michael
is followed by the icon of the Archangel Gabriel. The next two
icons in the series are the icons of John the Baptist and the
Theotokos, the Mother of God. If the student has already
completed these four icons, the student should inform the School
at the time of enrollment and instructors will provide advice of
which icon is to be completed at the workshop.
WORKSHOP FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS
Advanced students will continue their studies with a more complex
icon selected by the instructor - or an icon that they have selected -
and will work towards its completion. Instruction will concentrate
on more advances methods and refinements with a focus on
highlights, blending of pigments and geometric proportion of
figures. Taught along with the technical painting will be the
theological unfolding of the icon. Advanced students may bring
their own brushes and other supplies. This year advanced students
may select icon of the Resurrection or another in consultation with
The Bible; Liturgical Books, i.e., writings of Saint John of
Damascus, Saint Theodore the Studite, Saint Gregory Palamas;
works of Leonid Uspensky and Pavel Florensky;The
Iconpainter's Pattern Book; “The Icon” by Egon Sendler which
contains both theologyand technical information.
Some titles will be available for purchase.
TUITION, PAYMENT, and REGISTRATION DEADLINES
Tuition for the workshop includes Instructor tuition, Gessoed
“student” (9x14) board. gold leaf sheets (3), pigments, brushes, etc.
Tuition is $625 if paid by May 17; if paid after tuition is $675
Advanced students icon board please add $15 Deposit of $325
assures a place in the class (enrollment is limited); the balance is
due by June 11. All deposits are non-refundable unless the
workshop is under-enrolled, in which case all deposits will be
returned. Make check payable to: Icon Workshop-Saint Job
Orthodox Church, 2270- 39th St., Los Alamos, NM 87544.
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
1319 Trinity Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Contact: Elizabeth Bezzerides 505-660- 9113 or
Metropolitan ANTONY and Archbishop DANIEL visit Saint Job - 08/05/17
June 25, 2016 -- Drs. David and Mary Ford visited St Job Church to present the lecture, "Marriage as a Path to Holiness." Dr. David Ford's talk on holiness in marriage and tips for infusing Christianity in family life was well-attended and motivating to all! For this event, we were able to get a permit to temporarily use our new church space, in development on Trinity Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. The picture shows a glimpse of our new fellowship space. For more information on this topic, check out the Fords' two books, Marriage as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints.