Workshop schedule: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th of January 2017 (with day-off 26th of January)

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:

The first two days of this workshop we dedicate entirely to drawing different half figures in a variety of positions (frontal and 3/4)and techniques (b/w pencils and paint on paper). These two days will allow students to get accustomed to the form building process and refresh the egg tempera painting skills.

During the last three days of the workshop we plan to work with image of saint Anastasia (image in the center on the photograph above) on a gessoed panel. Making together the drawing for the entire image (face, hands, garment), painting the garment and the background together we hope that students may finish the face and the hands on their images at home.

In other words by the end of the workshop every workshop participant will have lots of drawing practice in different types of garments realized in different techniques. In addition to this each student will have a gessoed panel with almost ready image of St. Anastasia. The garment and the background on this image will be completed, the face and hands will still need some finishing.

Each day at our workshops starts with prayer followed by a lecture and/or a practical demonstration.

Then, participants begin work on their drawings or paintings with personal supervision. At the completion of each step the instructor(s) give a detailed demonstration of the next stage to the whole group.

Icon writing workshop The workshop day starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm. We urge punctuality in consideration of all participants. There will be an hour-long lunch break around midday and short tea breaks at about 10.30 AM and 3 PM.

During the day there are lectures, visual presentations, Q&A and discussion that include sharing experiences and ideas – practical and theoretical seminar iconographers.

From the very beginning the drawing and painting are taught and practiced in a focused and concentrated way without any distractions such as conversation or music. This enables the icon to evolve at a slow pace enabling us to live and understand each step deep in our being; this is done best in a quiet and silent environment.

The images we have selected (not just the ones above, but some extra ones as well) provide a good opportunity to learn how to build the garments and get more accustomed to egg tempera drawing and painting techniques.

The payment options:

The full cost of the workshop is 730 Australian dollars, which covers teaching, a ready-to-use white-gessoed panel, brushes and other tools and materials used at the workshop.

To reserve a space you can pay $60 US dollars (approximately equivalent to 80 Australian dollars) using the button below. The rest 650 Australian dollars can be 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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Things to be taught during the Advanced Iconography Garment Drawing and Painting Workshop:

  • to learn main purposes and goals of icon painting - linking the verbal and the visual

  • to plan the image: composition, values and colors

  • to define the basic forms through free-hand drawing and painting techniques

  • to understand methods of mixing and applying the egg-tempera

  • to use basic colors, to make shadows, highlights and glazes

  • to control the finer highlights and to practice writing proper lettering on the icon

  • to apply the final varnish on the surface of the finished and dried up icon

  • to divide complex tasks into simple ones and the strategies required for completing work.

  • Icon writing workshop

    The purpose of our workshops is to introduce the visual language of traditional Christian iconography and share our experience and way of thinking.

    We encourage creativity and at the same time remain faithful to tradition, we never trace images but instead, teach participants drawing and painting techniques practiced by the most respected iconographers of our time.

    Who should attend:

    The Iconography Garment Drawing and Painting Workshop is mostly made for advanced level students, - for those, who has at least some experience in painting icons.

    Topics of lectures and discussions:

  • Main purposes and goals of icon painting. «Functionality» of the image.

  • Main terms: Iconography as “Theology in Color” (linking the verbal and visual). What makes iconography spiritual art? Liturgical art vs Religious art.

  • Traditional liturgical arts (icons, frescoes, manuscript illumination): differences in characteristics and requirements.

  • Parameters for drawing / under-painting.

  • Ways to find most essential characteristics for the future image (sketches and other types of preliminary visual studies).

  • Composition, - building and binding the image together.

  • Values and scales: how to make them work.

  • Professional use of: pigments (synthetic and natural), wood, gesso, gold and other materials.

  • Latest period of history of iconography in Russia (XX – XXI century: - Grigory Kroug, Leonid Uspensky, Juliania Sokolova, Ioanna Rejtlinger, Anatoly Etenejer, Irina Zaron and others)

  • Iconography as actual art: possibilities for correlation with environment and time.

  • Canon and creativity.

  • 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.


    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. Then we 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.

    Be sure to give us your actual contact information: first and last name, home and cell phone number, street address and email address. It is important for us to be able to contact you.

    For all questions regarding registration and payments, please, contact Philip Davydov phildavydov@gmail.com

    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