Extended Icon Painting Workshop
Tuesday 28th of January - Saturday 1st of February 2020, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with one hour lunch break at about noon.
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Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Art Space, 26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065, (Victoria), Australia
Housing possibilities: see the bottom of the page.
Why we teach iconographers to be professionals?
Let's agree on the terms first. What is the difference between professional and amateur? It’s the range of options and possibilities, and the ability to make conscious and informed choices.
It’s the range of options and possibilities and the ability to make conscious and informed choices.
So, when you copy a model on a gessoed board and start painting, it is not professional, as there is no opportunity to make choices.
If, instead of painting your icon right away, you start investigating all the possible options for painting it, then this is professional, no matter whether you like it or not. Because, when you study and make sketches, draw and learn what's been done before you by others, then, bit by bit, you refine the goals, and arrive at the point where all your efforts and prayers, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, get translated into a strong and powerful icon: an Icon of God.
The Extended Icon Painting Workshop. General Description:
For several years now some of our students used to sign for and attend two or even three of our workshops in a row to learn as much as they can. In response to the continued inquiries of this kind we decided to make The Extended Icon Painting Workshop for a deeper and a more professional immersion in the process of painting an icon.
To render the workshop situation as close to real iconographer's daily work as possible we planned this Extended Icon Painting Workshop as a series of two 5-days long sessions with one continued program.
We will commence the second week of this workshop by showing our students how to generate new ideas, fully using their creative freedom through making colour sketches. We hope it may open wider professional horizons and save energy and time in their future work.
After trying different colour solutions by sketching, the students will be asked to discuss their results. We hope to hear individual thoughts on how each of the colours work, both individually, and though their interacting relationship with the neighbouring colours.
On basis of this discussion, we will suggest to our students several specific colour schemes to choose from, and then do our best to demonstrate how to fine-tune the results of their research to achieve the most from them. We also plan to hold a special lecture about the role of the sketched colour schemes within the final result.
In addition to the students’ free colour choices, we are happy to let our students make their own decisions regarding the traditional options, especially for the major details of the subject. The students are invited to decide for themselves whether, for example, they wish the head of Christ to be straight or bent; which colour is the best for the loincloth; which postures of the feet and hands to choose etc.
There will also be several other decisions to arrive at when studying the various images. Drawing the figure of Christ at an icon painting workshop: What exactly is the kind of a Crucifix I wish to create?
What exactly is the kind of a Crucifixion I wish to create?
Do I want it to have a lot of tension or to be tender and lyrical?
Should it be "speaking" about the victory of life over the death, or about humility of Christ?
What are the accents I should put in my image?
What are the best means to achieve my goals and to accomplish my mission?
The aim of the workshop is to teach us all to see and “read” icons and their images more effectively. To look at an icon, with a more intense focus, will help teach how us to search, to notice, and to consider, as many old and new options as possible. We will also do our best to share our own methods of arriving at crucial decisions. A little spoiler: how to choose the best among many; how to filter the unnecessary, and save the most decent ones, for the future!
After the sketching research, we will invite the students to bring together all their previous experiences and, step by step, build up a good and responsible drawing of the Crucifixion directly on gessoed board. We hope that the many previous exercises will give them enough confidence to do this work with suitable care and expression.
Icon painting workshop. Even though the painting process may look like an easy routine, after such a serious and multi-faceted preparation, we will still have a lot to do. Primarily we will focus mostly on the face, since it is the most meaningful and expressive detail. However, the hands, feet, and the rest of the body will also need a great deal of our care and attention.
We believe that all our common efforts and researches, blessed by the Holy Spirit, may help us to produce a good icon, and we hope that the students will use their Crucifixion icons for church or home devotion when they are finished. The boards for the workshop will be in the shape of a cross. They will be made and gessoed as our regular solid wood gessoed boards with only one difference - their shape.
There is a lot of work to do, and this is the reason why we ask our students to have a good rest before and during the workshop, so you have enough energy to work well.
As stated above, the workshop day starts at 9:00 and finishes at 17:00. An hour-long lunch break is usually around midday. We urge punctuality in consideration of all participants. It goes without saying that, at all our workshops, every step is always demonstrated, explained, and supervised closely by the instructors. The disciplined practical work will have breaks for a series of lectures and talks on the main theological and theoretical aspects of iconography during our daily short tea breaks at around 10.30 and 15:00.
Drawing and painting are always taught and practised in a focused and concentrated way without any distractions such as conversation or music. This enables the icon to evolve at a slow pace, enabling us to live and understand each step deep in our being; this is achieved most effectively in a quiet and silent environment.
The image (on the top of the page) we have selected is a sligthly modified version of Crucifixion, fresco from Church of the Holy Virgin, Monastery of Studenica, 1208. There will be a number of other Crucifixion images, from other sources, available to study at the workshop. We think that this one (due to its blue background) is the best one to illustrate the effects of your initial research and its subsequent effective results in the icon painting, which are the goals of the workshop.
Who should attend:
The Extended Icon Painting Workshop is designed mainly for advanced level students who have at least some experience in painting icons. However, we are also happy to welcome people with serious art experience, who have a strong desire to start learning iconography and have the required energy and patience. But we do not encourage absolute beginners to attend this second session.
The payment options:
The full cost of both sessions of Extended Icon Painting Workshop is 1600 Australian dollars, or 800 for just one session (we keep it the same as the last year for one session - 550 US dollars), it covers teaching and necessary tools and materials provided.
To reserve a space you can pay $70 US dollars (approximately equivalent to 100 Australian dollars). The rest - 700 for one session or 1500 Australian dollars for two are expected to be paid at any time during the workshop.
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.
Registering for the workshop, make sure you give us your actual contact information. We will only use it to communicate with you about the workshop and nothing else. We never use any personal data of our students/subscribers in any other way nor for any other purpose.
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For all questions regarding the registration and payments, please, contact Philip Davydov firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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contact information: first and last name, home and cell phone number, street address 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.
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Possibilities for housing:
Brooklyn Arts Hotel
48-50 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
phone : 03 9419 9328
North Fitzroy Homestay (B&B)
45 St.Georges Rd.
Close to Brunswick St. tram.
Phone: 03 9489 9661
Email bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
132 Nicholson Street
Fitzroy Phone: 03 9417 3379
Metropole Hotel and Apartments & Conference Centre
44 Brunswick St. 03 9411 8100 or 1800 061 441