Icon Drawing Workshop: Full Figure Drawing. Location: (Melbourne, Australia)

The Two Figures

Workshop schedule:
Monday 21 - Friday 25 of January 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with one hour lunch break at about noon.

Location: Australian Catholic University (ACU) Visual Arts Building

26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

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Housing possibilities: see the bottom of the page.

Workshop description:

Earlier or later it happens to every iconographer: - desire or need to paint a totally new icon due to total absence of models for it.
Yes, we are aware of the fact that majority of contemporary iconographers use proris' (stylized linear drawing) for their icons, and this does not stop us from making this workshop. Neither we make it in order to force our students to throw their transparent paper out of the window. We make it because with special training in drawing even copying becomes always more and more thoughtful and conscious.

To help our collegues solve this situation we launched a series of workshops, widening professional horizon. Several years ago we started teaching different face-painting techniques (�3 Faces in 5 Days� and �East and West � Two Traditions of Face-Painting�). It was a good experience and we immediately saw how important it was to teach drawing. We consider it to be essential for all iconographers, muralists and carvers.

Drawing is not only important for painting new icons, - we know from responses of our students, that if after the workshop you will still want to work use linear drawing, you will understand and perform it much better.

Now it's second year as we continue our series of Icon Drawing Workshops and this time we plan to draw a full figure. We chose the Annunciation (above) because it fits perfectly our goal to teach drawing human figure in three positions: standing straight, turned 3/4 and a moving one. The image was borrowed collection of images of St Catherine monastery on Mount Sinai. At this workshop we mostly will draw with pencils and learn to work with SPOTS.

Studies of the figure will be complemented by studies of different ways of connecting figures to each other and to the space. We also plan to teach students how to make sketches to find right arrangement for every part of the image, establishing static and dynamic interaction of it's components.

During this 5 days workshop we will practice professional approach to the form-building and main principles of drawing with pencil and brush.
Icon writing workshop From practical point of view it means we will teach drawing in different media and, what is even more important, we teach how to control the results at every stage so that your finished icon may look more integral and strong.

Who should attend:

This particular workshop is universal, it fits both advanced students and beginners, who from the very beginning of their path may gain a professional approach and save time and energy learning literacy instead of patterns. We have to mention one more time that at this workshop we are not going to start and finish painting one icon from beginning to the end.

In short: this workshop is dedicated to different ways of building, drawing, modelling, shading and highlighting a figure. If you wish to learn how to carry your work forward in a professional way - you are most welcome!

Subjects to be drawn:

  • Frontal figure
  • Figure turned in 3/4 - the Mother of God
  • Dynamic (Moving) Figure- Archangel Gabriel

The payment options:

Icon drawing workshop

The full cost of the workshop is 750 Australian dollars (about 550 us dollars), it covers teaching and necessary tools and materials provided.

To reserve a space you can pay $80 US dollars (approximately equivalent to 110 Australian dollars). The rest - 640 Australian dollars are paid upon arrival.

The group is limited to 16 participants, students are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. The registration payments are non-refundable, unless the workshop is canceled due to lack of participation.


Make sure you give us your actual contact information: first and last name, home and cell phone numbers, and email address. It is important for us to be able to contact you in case, if you register, but don't show up for the workshop. We never use any personal data of our students/subscribers in any other way for any other purpose.

For all questions regarding registration and payments, please, contact Philip Davydov phildavydov@gmail.com

About the instructors:

Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova are founders of Sacred Murals Studio (Saint Petersburg, Russia). Philip holds an M.A. in State Fine Art from the Academy of Saint Petersburg, faculty of Theory and History of Art. He is a professional, second-generation iconographer with more than 15 years of teaching experience. He is also a professor at the Institute of Theology and Sacred Arts and the head of The Sacred Murals Studio in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Olga Shalamova holds an M.A. in State Fine Art from the Academy of Saint Petersburg, faculty of Theory and History of Art. She is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and is chief artist of the embroidery workshop at Feodorovsky Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. She is also an active participant in exhibitions of contemporary ecclesiastical art.

Philip's and Olga's goal and the goal of their studio is to create icons and murals within the Christian tradition that are also contemporary works of Christian sacred art. Philip shares this creative and responsible approach as well as his own experience and professional discoveries with his students at his workshops.


Possibilities for housing:

Backpackers the Nunnery (Lodge)

Ask for: Guesthouse Section

116 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy

phone : 03 9419 8637 or 1800 032 635


North Fitzroy Homestay (B&B)

45 St.Georges Rd.

Close to Brunswick St. tram.

Phone: 03 9489 9661

Website: www.northfitzroyhomestay.com.au

Email bookings: bookings@northfitzroyhomestay.com.au

Glowery House

132 Nicholson Street

Fitzroy Phone: 03 9417 3379


Metropole Hotel and Apartments & Conference Centre

44 Brunswick St. 03 9411 8100 or 1800 061 441

Web-site: www.metropole.org

Email: reservations@metropole.org