Advanced Icon Painting Workshop:


 Model for Icon Painting Workshop
            Icon Of Christ Pantocrator

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Workshop times: 19th - 23rd of June 2017

Location: Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. East, #101 Seattle, WA
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Housing possibilities: see the bottom of the page.

Workshop schedule: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Monday 19th - Friday 23rd of June 2017

Workshop description:

This workshop is suitable for experienced students of iconography wishing to develop their drawing and painting skills.

The purpose of our workshops is to introduce the visual language of traditional Christian iconography and share our experience and way of thinking.

Our workshops encourage creativity and at the same time remain faithful to tradition. For example, we never trace images but instead, teach participants drawing and painting techniques practiced by the most respected iconographers of our time.

We show participants how to divide complex tasks into simple ones and the strategies required for completing work.�During a five (5) day workshop participants learn to plan the painting of an icon from the first to the last step - from the general to the specific, from sketches to drawing, from drawing to painting, from one detail to the next.

Each day starts with prayer followed by a lecture and/or a practical demonstration.

Then, participants begin work on their icons with personal supervision. At the completion of each step, Philip gives a detailed demonstration of the next stage to the whole group. This process will be repeated until the icon is completed.

The workshop day starts at 9:30am and finishes at 5:30pm. We urge punctuality in consideration of all participants. There will be an hour-long lunch break around midday and short tea breaks about 10.30am and 3pm.

Icon writing workshop taught in Gage Academy by Philip and Olga in 2010 We have selected a fresco fragment of the image of Saint John the Baptist from Visoki Dechani because this year, in addition to our usual training in face painting technique, we plan to study different methods of painting hair, beards and fur.
During the day there are lectures, visual presentations, Q&A and discussion that inviting students to share their questions, experiences and ideas � an important forum for iconographers.

Icon painting process in our class is taught as a special art, requiring total focusing and concentration. During the painting sessions we urge our students to avoid distractions such as conversations 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 tranquil and silent environment.

This image fits the task perfectly and provides an opportunity to work with a variety of hair types and painting techniques. Although the image has a gilded halo, we will not be including gilding in our instruction. The only exception will be a short demonstration and explanation of the �garlic juice" gilding method.

Who should attend:

Icon writing workshop taught in Gage Academy by Philip and Olga in 2010

This particular workshop is mostly made for advanced level students who have had at least some experience in icon painting.

The payment options:

The full cost of the workshop for new students is $650, for returning students it's 10% off ($585), it covers the teaching, two ready-to-use white-gessoed panels, brushes and other tools and materials.

It does not cover meals or lodging.
To reserve a space you can pay $70 using the button below. The rest $580 ($505 for returning students) are expected as a payment upon arrival by check.
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The group is limited to 9 participants with one instructor and 15 with two, 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 Icon Painting Workshop:

  • Main purposes and goals of icon painting - linking the verbal and the visual
  • Planning the image: composition, values and colors
  • Defining the basic forms through free-hand drawing and painting techniques

  • Understanding methods of mixing and applying the egg-tempera

  • Use of basic colors, to make shadows, highlights and glazes

  • Controlling the finer highlights and graphic details on the icon

  • Applying the final varnish on the surface of the finished and dried up icon (shown on an icon or video)

  • Topics of lectures and discussions:

  • Main purposes and goals of icon painting. �Functionality� of the image.

  • Main terms: Iconography as �Theology in Color� (linking the verbal and visual). What makes iconography spiritual art? Liturgical art vs Religious art.

  • Traditional liturgical arts (icons, frescoes, manuscript illumination): differences in characteristics and requirements.

  • Parameters for drawing / under-painting.

  • Ways to identify essential characteristics for the future image (sketches and other types of preliminary visual studies).

  • Composition, - building and binding the image together.

  • Values and scales: how to make them work.

  • Professional use of: pigments (synthetic and natural), wood, gesso, gold and other materials.

  • Latest period of history of iconography in Russia (XX � XXI century: - Grigory Kroug, Leonid Uspensky, Juliania Sokolova, Ioanna Rejtlinger, Anatoly Etenejer, Irina Zaron and others)

  • Iconography as actual art: possibilities for correlation with environment and time.

  • Canon and creativity.

  • Icon writing workshop taught in Gage Academy by Philip and Olga in 2010

    About the instructors:

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

    Olga Shalamova, M.A. In State Fine Art Academy of Saint Petersburg, faculty of Theory and History of Art, Member of Union of artists of Russia, chief artist of embroidery workshop at Feodorovsky cathedral in Saint Petersburg, active participant of exhibitions of contemporary ecclesiastical art.

    Philip's goal and the goal of his studio is to create icons and murals within the Christian tradition, while being 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.


    Download a printable flyer for this workshop in Seattle in PDF format: http://sacredmurals.com/iconstudies/advanced_icon_painting_workshop_seattle.pdf


    If you really wish and plan to join our workshop, but have no possibility to make the deposit payment right now, please, send us an email and let us know. Then we put your name on the list and plan the group size more precisely. When the group gets filled up or the workshop period approaches, we contact you again and touch the ground about the payment details.

    Be sure to give us your actual 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.

    For all questions, regarding the workshop, please, contact Philip Davydov phildavydov@gmail.com

    Icon writing workshop

    Possibilities for housing:

    We tried to find some well-organized place for a the whole class, but yet could not find anything.
    The only option we can recommend right now is Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/ , - last time we found a good place and were really happy to live in a short walking distance (make sure you carefully read all the responses and book correct dates, - the workshop lasts from 19th to 23rd of June 2017).
    If we find something better we will share new options in one of our Newsletters.