Icon Painting with the Prosopon School of Iconology

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Sun 24Nov
Sat 30Nov

Angel of the Golden Hair

Facilitator: Nikita Andrejev

Have you ever been curious about the icons you may have seen in churches on holiday or in some churches in the UK? Has their mysterious beauty ever inspired you? Trying your hand at
painting an icon of your own could bring you closer to the power of these ancient Christian
images. The practice of icon painting draws the participant closer towards the invisible, inner
world into which the icon is a “window.”

Limited Early-Bird places available!

If you’re interested in booking a Residential Shared place, then please contact Cathy on info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

To find out more about Iconography and tutor Nikita Andrejev please read the interview published on our blog here

Event time: Sun 24th Nov 2024 at 4:00pm - Sat 30th Nov 2024 at 2:00pm

At a Glance

  • Paint in egg tempera developing facial expression through attention to light and shadow
  • Ideal for beginners and for continuing students
  • Through this creative, sacred  practice, deepen your inner life
  • Connect with fellow Iconographers

What Will You Gain

  • Experience the beauty of the liquid egg tempera technique of icon painting
  • Paint with a supportive group of others dedicated to learning this sacred art
  • Individual questions answered

A Seven Day Intensive Retreat

Master Iconographer Deacon Nikita Andrejev invites you to join a seven day intensive retreat at Hawkwood to paint your own icon of the “Angel of The Golden Hair,” inspired by a prototype of the 12th century. Over the 7 days you will be introduced to the liquid egg tempera technique developed by the Prosopon School of Iconology. Each day will begin with prayers and a lecture relating to the meaning and symbolism of icons. A demonstration and explanation of the techniques necessary for each stage of painting will follow. This will enable you to work on your own icon board day by day, culminating in a complete icon at the end of the week.

Angel of the Golden Hair

The so-called “Angel of the Golden Hair” original comes from Novgorod, Russia, but shares in an artistic language common throughout lands under Byzantine influence at the time (Constantinople, Kiev, Cyprus, Sicily, Georgia…). Not having any surviving inscription, the mysterious Angel is traditionally associated with the Archangel Gabriel, but the pattern can be used to depict any Archangel from tradition.

The Materials and Methods

The icons will be painted on authentic wooden boards carefully prepared by a master icon board maker. You will learn gilding using the bole method and painting using the egg tempera “floating” method with natural earth and mineral pigments, some of which are historical and precious. The intimate class size will allow for individual attention.

The course is suitable for complete beginners. No art background or affiliation with any religious organisation is expected. However, students who have painted icons with the Prosopon School before will have the added opportunity to improve and develop important skills on the enlarged holy face. A bonus of the course will be to learn assiste-style golden lines on the Angel’s hair using suslo (evaporated beer adhesive) or shell gold (suslo will be provided, but please procure your own shell gold ahead of time if you prefer this method).

The Prosopon School of Iconology

The Prosopon School of Iconology was founded by iconographer Vladislav Andrejev in the United States in the late 1980s, after he had emigrated there from Russia. The school has been developing its style and teaching methods for over 3 decades and continues to offer courses in North America, Europe and beyond, in person and occasionally online. Over this time a particular style of icon painting has emerged, marrying the centuries-old Christian traditions with a distinctive approach to colour, light and transparency of paint application. Prosopon courses aim to develop the individual’s knowledge of self through the icon in addition to presenting a theological perspective. Courses are therefore not primarily designed to lead to a professional qualification, although technical excellence is indeed encouraged.

“Patience, gentleness and skill combined with academic knowledge.”
“It’s an absolute privilege to have Nikita as a teacher. Combination of humility and mastery.”


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

  • Mindful walking through our woodland trails
  • Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
  • Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
  • Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£800 Early-Bird Non-Residential
£978 Early-Bird Residential Shared
£1,106 Early-Bird Residential Single
£941 Non-Residential
£1151 Residential Shared
£1301 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Arrival and registration, with tea, from 4.00pm on Sunday; course begins with supper at 6.30pm. Course ends with lunch on Saturday.
Price includes specialised materials and all prices are per person.
Residential fees include all meals and refreshments; non-residential includes suppers, lunches and refreshments, but not breakfast.
Please bring reading glasses if needed for close work. Please bring overall, apron or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty with paint, etc.

Nikita Andrejev

Following an immersive upbringing alongside his father, the Founder of the Prosopon School, Vladislav Andrejev, Nikita studied for BA in Classics at Yale University. He then focused on theological studies at Saint Sergius Orthodox Institute in 2005. In 2015 he graduated with a Masters in Theology at Saint Vladamir’s Orthodox Seminary, NY. From daily contact with Vladislav Andreyev living the life of an icon painter, Nikita absorbed the significance and meaning of each step. In his role as his father’s interpreter, Nikita has listened to students' questions and their discussions for decades. When travel is possible, he teaches in Europe and the UK as well as painting church & private commissions. Nikita was ordained as Deacon of the Estonian Orthodox Church where he lives.

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"Wonderfully quiet location contributing to the calmness needed for painting."

"I appreciated everything about Deacon Nikita Andreyev, really. His personality and professional skills, his humanity and kindness. It is really invaluable to paint with him, to follow his demonstrations and learn, learn, learn."

"I gained a greater appreciation for the structure and symmetry of faces in icons and a better understanding of highlights on faces."

"From the drawing process to applying the first layer of paint based on underlying geometric structures adds confidence in building up subsequent layers."