General Icon Painting Workshop


Icon of the Mother of God

The registration is closed.

If you would like to register for this workshop, please email
Amy Gray at agray@wesleyseminary.edu

Workshop schedule:
Monday 6th - Friday 10th of August 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with one hour lunch break about noon (lunch will be provided).

Location: Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion. Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC

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Housing possibilities: Limited housing on the Seminary Campus is available upon request.

Workshop description:

(Important note: we will NOT do any serious gilding at this workshop, but we plan to study RELIEF GESSO technique instead. Example - the right model photograph.)

This icon painting workshop is made to let students walk through the whole process of painting an icon, from the beginning to the very end. We chose this fragment of icon of the Mother of God from Vatopedi monastery as model for this workshop to let our students experience difficulties and inspirations, professional iconographers deal with every day.

Icon writing workshop The study will begin with several drawing excercises on paper in order to understand what makes our model image so unique, powerful and spiritually strong. Than we will make some sketches with egg tempera and natural pigments. We will do this in order to find the best possible way to re-create this image in our circumstances and to earn some self confidence before we start painting on boards.

Painting the icon on board will be taught according to a pro method used by most professional icongraphers of our days all over the world. Every step will be demonstrated, explained and overlooked by instructor. Disciplined practical work will have breaks for series of lectures and talks, dedicated to main theological and theoretical aspects of iconography. As stated before, we will have one hour break for lunch and short pauses during the day.

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.

For those, who wants to continue painting icons after the workshop we will hand over our new product - "Iconographer's Manual". It's an 8-page booklet, listing the main steps and providing basics of trouble-shooting for professional work, structuring the whole process of painting icon as way to powerful image.

Who should attend:

Icon painting workshop

Even though this particular 5-days workshop is universal, it is mostly made for beginners, especially for those, who have never been at our workshops before. We plan it as an extensive introduction to iconography, opening horizon of possibilities as well as unveiling main problems and issues.

If you wish to learn iconography drawing, you may consider rather signing up to our icon-drawing workshop in Holy Cross Monastery in West Park (NY) .

The payment options:

The full cost of the workshop (includes tuition, all required materials and lunch) is $600, if registered before the 1st of April 2018 (Easter in Western Christian Calendar). After the 1st of April regular rate is $640. Please note though, that the workshop participants are recommended to bring their own aprons as they are not provided.

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.


If you plan to join this workshop, make sure to send us an email to ask about personal email notification to be made the 29th of January 2018. Make sure you give us your actual contact information: first and last name, email address and a cell phone number. We only will use this information to contact you in case of some changes and we will never share your data with anyone.

For all questions regarding registration and payments please contact Amy Gray at agray@wesleyseminary.edu

About the instructor

Icon Painting Workshop Wesley Seminary

Philip Davydov is a founder 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.

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.