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Ancient Byzantine Icon Painting with the Prosopon School Sun 09 Dec - Sun 16 Dec

  • Arts

A unique opportunity to work with a master iconographer in the traditional way.

Over the course of seven days participants will be introduced to the contemplative practice of icon writing using the liquid egg tempera technique. The practice of crafting an icon will be enhanced by the study of the theological worldview which has formed the art. Thus, the symbolic meaning of the iconic forms, the materials, and the steps of the process will be considered.

Through producing their own icon participants will encounter the world of spiritual beauty encapsulated by icons. 

This introduction to liquid egg tempera techniques will also enhance existing artistic skills.

No experience necessary The course is open to all levels of experience, and fosters a retreat-like atmosphere with individual attention from the tutor. Please let us know if you have worked with the Prosopon School approach before, when you book. (You can use the "Music courses" box on the booking enquiry form here)

Previous participants' comments

A wonderful balance of theory and practice. Tutor was patient with big range of abilities. Inspiring and gifted and amazing in keeping us to task completion.

The course was very well organised, illuminating, thought-provoking and tremendously enjoyable.

It took me to my next step as an icon painter.

Informative, exciting and initiatory. Expert guidance on pigment choices. 

Teaching was beyond my expectations.  Fantastic setting, great course and a great group of students. Very satisfactory overall. I would recommend it to other people.


Arrival Sunday 09 December 4-6pm; course begins with supper at 6.30pm. Course ends on Sunday 16 December with afternoon tea at 4pm.

PLEASE NOTE - the course has been extended by another day following student feedback and the tutor's wish to develop the work further. 

Fully inclusive residential single £925

Fully inclusive residential shared £785 (per person)

Non-residential (includes refreshments, suppers and lunches) £625

Deposit: £245 (due tutor's travel from abroad, length of course and preparation.)

Please note:  Course fee includes specialised materials: tools, traditional pigments and brushes, icon board and 23 carat gold leaf.

All meals are vegetarian or fish on this course, as is the custom in this work.

Nikita Andreyev is an iconographer-instructor who has learned his craft through a lifetime immersion. For years he apprenticed to his father, Vladislav Andreyev; complimenting this experience with postgraduate theological studies in Paris and the United States.

As a member of the faculty team of the Prosopon School, Nikita has contributed to the development of unique teaching methods. The resulting workshop experience enables participants to create and grow through their icon making, developing spiritually through each icon. Since its founding in the 1980s, the School has rediscovered lost techniques of the ancient art of liquid egg tempera and has helped ignite a renewed interest in icons across the USA and the western world. 

Sharon Seager helps to organise Nikita Andreyev's courses and is an experienced student of icon painting.

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