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Making timeless art

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By Kirsten Laskey

Painting an icon can be more than just creating a pretty picture; it’s an opportunity to encounter angels or saints, or other religious figures. And a chance to have a divine interaction through art has arrived.

Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church is coordinating the Icon Painting Workshop held July 14-19 at the Prosopon School of Arts and Iconology, located in the College of Santa Fe.

The instructor of the workshop will be the Rev. Medfodii, who has been studying the art of icon painting with the school’s founder, Vladislav Andreyev, for more than 17 years.

During the workshop, Medfodii will teach the Byzantine style of icon painting, which dates back to the 13th century.

This year, students will create an icon of the Archangel Michael.

Elizabeth Bezzerides, workshop coordinator, said classes will be divided into three-hour sessions. Each session will begin with some theological perspective on the upcoming work students will do.

Following this will be a demonstration of an icon painting technique, Bezzerides said, whether it is transferring the icon onto the board or putting gold leaf on a halo.

The classes use only natural materials from the gold leaf to the egg tempera.

Bezzerides encourages everyone to register for the class for a chance to create his or her own work of art.


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