Tuesday 28th of January - Saturday 1st of February 2020, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with one hour lunch break at about noon.
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Art Space, 26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065, (Victoria), Australia
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Why we teach iconographers to be professionals?
Let's agree on the terms first. What is the difference between professional and amateur? It’s the range of options and possibilities, and the ability to make conscious and informed choices.
It’s the range of options and possibilities and the ability to make conscious and informed choices.
So, when you copy a model on a gessoed board and start painting, it is not professional, as there is no opportunity to make choices.
If, instead of painting your icon right away, you start investigating all the possible options for painting it, then this is professional, no matter whether you like it or not. Because, when you study and make sketches, draw and learn what's been done before you by others, then, bit by bit, you refine the goals, and arrive at the point where all your efforts and prayers, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, get translated into a strong and powerful icon: an Icon of God.
The Extended Icon Painting Workshop. General Description:
For several years now some of our students used to sign for and attend two or even three of our workshops in a row to learn as much as they can. In response to the continued inquiries of this kind we decided to make The Extended Icon Painting Workshop for a deeper and a more professional immersion in the process of painting an icon.
To render the workshop situation as close to real iconographer's daily work as possible we planned this Extended Icon Painting Workshop as a series of two 5-days long sessions with one continued program.
Icon painting workshop. Even though the painting process may look like an easy routine, after such a serious and multi-faceted preparation, we will still have a lot to do. Primarily we will focus mostly on the face, since it is the most meaningful and expressive detail. However, the hands, feet, and the rest of the body will also need a great deal of our care and attention.
We believe that all our common efforts and researches, blessed by the Holy Spirit, may help us to produce a good icon, and we hope that the students will use their Crucifixion icons for church or home devotion when they are finished. The boards for the workshop will be in the shape of a cross. They will be made and gessoed as our regular solid wood gessoed boards with only one difference - their shape.
There is a lot of work to do, and this is the reason why we ask our students to have a good rest before and during the workshop, so you have enough energy to work well.
As stated above, the workshop day starts at 9:00 and finishes at 17:00. An hour-long lunch break is usually around midday. We urge punctuality in consideration of all participants. It goes without saying that, at all our workshops, every step is always demonstrated, explained, and supervised closely by the instructors. The disciplined practical work will have breaks for a series of lectures and talks on the main theological and theoretical aspects of iconography during our daily short tea breaks at around 10.30 and 15:00.
Drawing and painting are always taught and practised 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 achieved most effectively in a quiet and silent environment.
The image (on the top of the page) we have selected is a sligthly modified version of Crucifixion, fresco from Church of the Holy Virgin, Monastery of Studenica, 1208. There will be a number of other Crucifixion images, from other sources, available to study at the workshop. We think that this one (due to its blue background) is the best one to illustrate the effects of your initial research and its subsequent effective results in the icon painting, which are the goals of the workshop.
Who should attend:
The Extended Icon Painting Workshop is designed mainly for advanced level students who have at least some experience in painting icons. However, we are also happy to welcome people with serious art experience, who have a strong desire to start learning iconography and have the required energy and patience. But we do not encourage absolute beginners to attend this second session.
The payment options:
The full cost of both sessions of Extended Icon Painting Workshop is 1600 Australian dollars, or 800 for just one session (we keep it the same as the last year for one session - 550 US dollars), it covers teaching and necessary tools and materials provided.
The group is limited to 16 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:
Brooklyn Arts Hotel
North Fitzroy Homestay (B&B)
45 St.Georges Rd.
Close to Brunswick St. tram.
Phone: 03 9489 9661
Email bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org