Learn an ancient form of Christian art

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By Special to the Monitor

An icon painting workshop in the Byzantine-Russian tradition will be held June 21-26 in Santa Fe.  

The Prosopon School of Iconology introduces students to 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 individuals with some art training, workshop coordinator Elizabeth Bezzerides said.

In the 12 three-hour sessions, students will be shown the many steps in icon painting. As in antiquity, only natural materials are used: wood panels, genuine gold leaf, egg tempera and linseed oil finish.  

Instruction will be personalized as needed and everyone should be able to take with them a completed icon at the end of the workshop. Beginning students will work on the icon of the Archangel Michael.

Students are introduced to iconology, which is both the practical and the theoretical part of the iconographic tradition. Explanations of iconic symbolism and the theological/philosophical bases of each step of the process are presented parallel to the technical instruction.

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