General Icon Painting Workshop


SUBJECT: Holy Mandylion

Workshop schedule: Monday 29th of January - Friday 2nd of February 2018, 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), Australia

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Housing possibilities: see the bottom of the page.

Workshop description:

At this workshop we plan to lead our students through the whole process of painting an icon, from the very beginning till the very end. We chose this image of the Holy Mandylion from Andrey Rublev Museum in Moscow as model for our workshop to let our students experience general difficulties, professional iconographers go through every day.

Since from the image itself we can not make any undisputable conclusions about the way it was painted, we will study most common methods of painting face(s) on icons, choosing the best one for current model.

In order to understand, how our medieval colleague(s) made this image so powerful and strong spiritually, to find the best possible solution for this image in our circumstances, for the first time ever we will begin this workshop making different kinds of sketches together with our students.

"Playing" with shapes and colors on paper students will see how in iconography personal freedom is limited by responsibility. After finding the "solution" for their images students will make a free-hand drawing on their boards and continue painting their icons by method, used by most professional icongraphers. During the workshop we will also learn how to make right decisions and to evaluate own work.
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We always plan our workshop programs to be filled up with practical excersises and theoretical lectures, and yet we believe that in spite of the mentioned multiple tasks by the end of the workshop every student will be able to finish his or her icon.

And thinking about post-workshop individual work, - at the end the all students receive a printed copy of our own "Iconographer's Manual", listing all the steps, iconographer should consider making to create a powerful image.

Who should attend:

Even though this particular workshop is universal, it is mostly made for beginners, especially for those, who have never been at our workshops before. We will do our best to make it a good 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 to one of our icon-drawing workshops, - general Iconography Drawing or more specific "Iconography Garment Drawing", announced earlier this year.

The payment options:

The full cost of the workshop is 750 Australian dollars, which covers teaching and necessary tools and materials provided. Please note, iconography workshop participants are kindly recommended to bring their own aprons, - yet we do not provide them.

To reserve a space you can pay $60 US dollars (approximately equivalent to 80 Australian dollars) using the button below. The rest 680 Australian dollars are paid upon arrival.

The group is limited to 15 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.

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Icon painting workshop 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. We will 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.

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 Philip Davydov phildavydov@gmail.com

About the instructor:

Philip Davydov with M.A. in State Fine Art Academy of Saint Petersburg (faculty of Theory and History of Art) Philip Davydov is a founder of Sacred Murals Studio (Saint Petersburg, Russia). He works as 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.


Possibilities for housing:

Backpackers the Nunnery (Lodge)

Ask for: Guesthouse Section

116 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy

phone : 03 9419 8637 or 1800 032 635


North Fitzroy Homestay (B&B)

45 St.Georges Rd.

Close to Brunswick St. tram.

Phone: 03 9489 9661

Website: www.northfitzroyhomestay.com.au

Email bookings: bookings@northfitzroyhomestay.com.au

Glowery House

132 Nicholson Street

Fitzroy Phone: 03 9417 3379


Metropole Hotel and Apartments & Conference Centre

44 Brunswick St. 03 9411 8100 or 1800 061 441

Web-site: www.metropole.org

Email: reservations@metropole.org