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General Icon Painting Workshop



The registration is open.

Location: The New Skete

273 New Skete Rd Cambridge, NY 12816

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Workshop schedule:
Tuesday 25th - Saturday 29th of September 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM with one hour lunch break at 12:15 PM
Click here to see proposed agenda

Workshop description:

At this workshop we plan to lead our students through process of painting an icon, from the very beginning till the very end. We chose this detail of an icon of Christ from Mount Sinai as model for our workshop to let our students experience general difficulties, professional iconographers go through every day.

Certain details of the image are unclear and we can not make any undisputable conclusions about the way it was painted. This brings a necessity to study most common methods of painting face(s) on icons, choosing one, fitting our current model the best.

In order to understand, how our medieval colleagues made this image so powerful and spiritually strong, to find the best possible solution for this image in our circumstances, we will begin with several face drawings to understand it better and earn some self confidence.

Drawing on paper students will see go through the form building process and learn the ways to make their image expressive and powerful. The drawing excercises will be followed by painting on boards, according to methods, used by maggiority of professional icongraphers of the world. During the workshop we will dedicate certain time to many different aspects of contemporary iconography, not only technical one, but also regarding the theological and pracical issues.
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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 will receive a printed copy of our own edition, named "Iconographer's Manual", which lists all the steps, iconographer should consider making in order 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 our icon-drawing workshop in Holy Cross monastery in West Park(NY): "Iconography Garment Drawing", announced earlier this year.

The payment options:

The full cost of the workshop is 1,495 US dollars, which covers lodging (off-site, but nearby), meals, teaching and necessary tools and materials provided. Please note, iconography workshop participants are kindly recommended to bring their own aprons, - we do not provide them.

To reserve a space you should visit the New Skete web-site: https://newskete.org/iconography-workshop

The group is limited to 15 participants with two instructors, students are accepted on a first-come first-served basis.


Icon painting workshop For all questions regarding registration and payments, please, contact Ida Williams idawilliams@newskete.org

or Philip Davydov phildavydov@gmail.com

About the instructor

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.


Proposed Icon workshop Workshop day Agenda:

7:15 am – Matins – Holy Wisdom Church
8:00 am – Breakfast – Emmaus House
8:30 am – Workshop - Emmaus House
12:15 am – Dinner – Monks’ Refectory
1:00 pm – Tersext
1:15 pm – Workshop – Emmaus House
4:30 pm – End
5:00 pm – Vespers – Holy Wisdom Church
6:00 pm – Supper – Monks’ Refectory

To see detailed information about the workshop and/or to register,
visit the New Skete web-site: https://newskete.org/iconography-workshop