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Icon Painting in the Russian Byzantine Style Sun 15 Dec - Sat 21 Dec

  • Arts


Paint your own icon of St Nicholas, legendary for his secret gift-giving, now linked to Santa Claus!

Students will work from several traditional images of St Nicholas, to analyse elements of classic design, to produce their own sketch of an icon-style bust of the Saint. The focus of the class will be on the face, exploring what makes the holy faces powerful, yet calm. Beginners will be guided step by step to complete their first icon. Continuing students will appreciate the exploration of design and sketching, the opportunity to model a larger than usual face and to tackle the techniques needed to paint hair and beards.

What the course offers

*   step by step guidance for beginners.

*   learn to see & analyse design of a classic icon.

*   Draw your unique sketch of this saint.

*   Focus on the skills of painting a large icon face; exploring how to develop calm yet powerful expression.

*   Learn fine points of painting beards.

NB Please note that there will be no gilding on this icon to allow the class to focus on exploring design & drawing of the sketch.

Residential single £875 Early bird before 31 July  £850  inc specialised materials

Residential shared per person £755 Early bird 31 July £730  inc specialised materials

Non-residential £635 Early bird 31 July  £610  inc specialised materials

Arrival and registration 4.00-6.00pm on Sunday 15 December; course ends with lunch on Saturday 21 December 2019

Deacon Nikita Andrejev. 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.

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.


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