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An opportunity to participate in an icon painting workshop in the Byzantine-Russian tradition will be offered July 9-14 in Santa Fe.
The Prosopon School of Iconology, founded by Vladislav Andrejev, introduces the practice and theory of the ancient Christian art of icon-writing in the Byzantine-Russian tradition.
In the intensive, “hands-on” workshop, each participant will paint an icon using traditional techniques and materials.
The workshop is accessible to those with no art training or background, as well as previous students of iconography, artists and persons with art training, according to workshop coordinator Elizabeth Bezzerides.
In 12 three-hour sessions, students will be shown the many steps in icon painting, for example: in antiquity, only natural materials are used; wood panels gessoed with natural ground; genuine gold leaf; egg tempera using ground pigments; and linseed oil finish.
Instruction will be personalized as needed and everyone should be able to take their completed icon at the end of the workshop. Beginning students will work on the icon of Archangel Michael.
Students are introduced to iconology, which is both the practical and the theoretical part of the iconography.
Explanations of iconic symbolism and theological/philosophical bases of each step of the process are presented parallel to the technical instruction.
Workshops such as this can cost as much as $800, but the tuition for this week-long class is $575, due to the underwriting of Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church community in Los Alamos and the support of Saint Anne Parish in Santa Fe, where the workshop will be held.
The cost of the workshop includes a gessoed icon board and a share of the expenses for the travel and lodging for the instructor. In addition, there will be a cost for materials: pigments, gold leaf, brushes and other such materials.
Those interested may contact Bezzerides at 505-660-9113 or email@example.com.