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The registration is open.

Location: Holy Cross Monastery 1615 Route 9W (or Broadway) West Park, New York 12493
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Lodging: in the monastery, see details on the web site of the Monastery: https://holycrossmonastery.com/guest-house/accommodates-meals/

Workshop schedule: Tuesday - Friday 18 - 21 of September 2018

Accommodations are included in the price of the retreat. For details, please visit the monastery's website: https://holycrossmonastery.com/guest-house/accommodates-meals/.

In order to facilitate a deeper immersion in the prayer and rhythm of the monastic community, workshop sessions will begin at 8 AM so that students may attend Holy Eucharist at 9. After the Eucharist, the workshop continues until Vespers at 5 PM (with 1-hour lunch break at noon and one or two short breaks for coffee/tea in the afternoon).

Workshop description:

After teaching a number of workshops that went through the whole process of painting an icon from the beginning till the very end, we have decided to introduce a range of more specialized workshops dedicated to drawing as an essential skill for all iconographers, mural painters, and carvers.

Icon drawing workshop We are happy to invite iconographers who use proris' (stylized linear drawing) for their icons, and also those who create their own drawings. We teach drawing because with special training in freehand drawing even copying becomes more thoughtful and conscious.

Therefore this 4-day icon drawing and painting workshop is structured to teach students a professional approach to the form-building process. We will teach drawing with both pencil and brush, taking into account students' questions and needs. Drawing is a basic skill for any good image, but even if you continue to paint using linear drawing on paper, you will understand that process better after attending this workshop.
From a practical point of view, we will teach drawing in different media, which will allow you to control the results of your work at every stage so that your finished icon will look more integral and whole.

Who should attend:

This workshop is appropriate for both advanced students and beginners.

It's a course, dedicated to different ways of drawing, form building, modelling, shading and highlighting. Anyone who wishes to learn how to carry your work forward in a professional way is very welcome!

Icon drawing workshop by Philip  Davydov

The cost of the workshop:

The cost of the workshop: The full cost of the workshop is $700 and includes teaching, lodging, meals, materials, and tools.

To register, you must email the monastery https://holycrossmonastery.com/guest-house/visits-retreats-programs/reserve-your-place/
or call (845) 384-6660 x3002. 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. 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 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.


The description of this workshop soon should also be available on the website of the Monastery:


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