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Location: Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY
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Lodging: in the monastery, see details on the following page: http://www.holycrossmonastery.com/retreats/what-to-expect

Workshop schedule: Thursday 29th of June - Sunday 2nd of July 2017

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with one hour lunch break at about noon, on Sunday we plan to work after the liturgy until 5 PM.

Workshop description:

After teaching a number of workshops, where we led our students through the whole process of painting an icon, we more and more see a necessity to introduce more specialized workshops, fully dedicated to main types of an iconographer's work. Couple of years ago we began with face-painting techniques (ď3 Faces in 5 DaysĒ and ďEast and West Ė Two Traditions of Face-PaintingĒ). Now we can say, that it was a good experience but we see that it is even more important to teach iconography drawing since it is the most essential skill for iconographers, mural painters and carvers.

Icon drawing workshop 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 the workshop participants to through away 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.

During the 3.5 days we plan to let our students first of all gain the ability to understand the professional approach to form-building process. We also plan teaching main principles drawing with pencil and a brush, taking into account questions and needs of the students. Drawing is basic for any good image, but even if after the workshop you will want to continue to paint using linear drawing on paper, you will understand it much better after attending this specialized workshop we offer.

From practical point of view it means we will teach drawing in different media and, what is maybe even more important, to control the results at every stage so that your finished icon may look more integral and whole.

Who should attend:

This particular workshop is universal, it fits both advanced students and beginners. We hope that the description gives a good picture of the workshop schedule, but we should mention one more time that at this workshop we are not going to start and finish painting one icon from beginning to the end.

It's a course, dedicated to different ways of drawing, form building, modelling, shading and highlighting, and if you wish to learn how to carry your work forward in a professional way - you are very welcome!

Subjects to be drawn:

  • Image 1: The head and the face of the Mother of God
  • Image 2: The head and the face of Christ
  • Image 3: The head and the face of saint John the Baptist
  • Image 4: Choice of an option:

    A) Image of Christ Emmanuel

    Icon drawing workshop by Philip  Davydov B) For those, who consider themselves professional iconographers we offer to bring their own image Letter or Ledger format) in order to make a proris (linear drawing) for their next icon. (The requirements for the model images are following: it has to be a Christian icon, to have all details well-visible, to have a simple composition (max. - 2 figures) and to be painted before the 20th century.

The cost of the workshop:

The full cost of the workshop is $650, it includes teaching, lodging and meals in the monastery, materials and tools, used for the time of the workshop.

The registration for this workshop this time is done exclusively by the monastery. If youíd like more information about housing and/or to make a reservation please contact the Holy Cross Monastery Guesthouse Office special web page. Please donít forget to leave them your name and contact details so they may get back to you.

The group is limited to 10 participants with one instructor, 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.

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.

Icon writing workshop taught in Gage Academy by Philip and Olga in 2010 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 and Olga's goal and the goal of their 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.


You can also see the description of this workshop on

the website of the Holy Cross Monastery: http://www.holycrossmonastery.com/retreat-programs

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