Tuesday 29 January - Saturday 2 of February 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with one hour lunch break at about noon.
Location: Australian Catholic University (ACU) ART SPACE
26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, (Victoria), AustraliaSee the ArtSpace on Google maps >>
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Workshop description:Many of the earliest portable Christian icons have some gilding on them. Use of gold in that time as a visual symbol and sign of highest respect toward divinity was inherited by Christian iconographers from their predecessors. To use this material for the new context they had to adjust it to new understanding of what is divine for a Christian and what type of respect it implies. But even in our days after 2000 years some iconographers have problems understanding the role of gold in liturgical image, - in theology and in practice. As we can see on old icons, the gold assist has a unique and a very powerful role in an image, therefore knowledge of its basic principles and characteristics is crucial for a thoughtful work.
During the workshop we plan lead our students through a series of drawing, painting and gilding excercises. It goes without saying, that at all our workshops every step is always demonstrated, explained and overlooked by instructors. Disciplined practical work will have breaks for series of lectures and talks on main theological and theoretical aspects of iconography.
As stated above, the workshop day starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm. We urge punctuality in consideration of all participants. There will be an hour-long lunch break around midday and short tea breaks at about 10.30 AM and 3 PM.
During the day there are lectures, visual presentations, Q&A and discussion that include sharing experiences and ideas � practical and theoretical seminar for traditional artists-iconographers.
We plan our workshops to be very intense, and yet we believe that in spite of the mentioned range of activities every student will be able to finish his or her icon by Friday 3 PM, but more important, - to understand and to evaluate own work with measuring system of traditional iconography.
From the very beginning the drawing and painting are taught and practiced 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 done best in a quiet and silent environment.
The image we have selected (not just the one above, but some extra ones as well) provides a good opportunity to learn how to build assist and get more accustomed to traditional gold sizes (like beer malt and garlic juice), drawing and painting techniques.
The payment options:
The full cost of the workshop is 750 Australian dollars (about 550 us dollars), it covers teaching and necessary tools and materials provided.
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.
Things to be taught during the Assist Gilding Workshop:
to learn basic principles for gold assist in icon painting
to plan role of the assist in the future image: rhythm, composition, changes of values and colors
to understand methods of mixing and applying the assist gold size
to prepare gilded areas for varnishing
The purpose of all our workshops is to teach iconographers thinking. We introduce our students to visual language of traditional Christian iconography and share our experience, approach and ways of building the image.
We encourage creativity, at the same time remaining faithful to the tradition. We never trace images. Instead we teach workshop participants drawing and painting techniques practiced by most respected iconographers of our time.
Who should attend:
The Assist Gilding Workshop is mostly made for advanced level students, - for those, who has at least some experience in painting icons.
About the instructors:
Brooklyn Arts Hotel
Backpackers the Nunnery (Lodge)
North Fitzroy Homestay (B&B)
45 St.Georges Rd.
Close to Brunswick St. tram.
Phone: 03 9489 9661
Email bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org