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Extended Icon Painting Workshop

Image of Crucifixion - model for Icon Painting Workshop

Session one:

Monday 20 - Friday 24 of January 2020
9:00 - 17:00 with one hour lunch break around noon.


Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Art Space, 26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065, (Victoria), Australia
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Extended Icon Painting Workshop
Session One

For several years, some of our students have attended two or even three of our workshops in a row to learn as much as they could. In response to this enthusiasm we have decided to conduct “The Extended Icon Painting Workshop” for a deeper and a fuller immersion in the process of painting an icon.

To render the workshop situation as close as possible to a professional iconographer's daily setup, we have designed this “Extended Icon Painting Workshop” as a series of two 5 daily sessions and with one continuing program.

Icon writing workshop We consider iconography a spiritual art; it is not craftsmanship.

Having said that we should state, therefore, that the ministry of an iconographer cannot be narrowed down to just an act of reproduction. For us, an iconographer's work is a research process aimed to result in a powerful image, and we do our best to pursue this principle, and promote it at our workshops.

And, even though the main purpose of the whole “Extended Workshop” is to study and paint a strong and powerful icon of the Crucifixion, we have decided to make the entire learning process more intense and effective, through anticipating the painting process with initial five day sessions of extended drawing exercises.

Clearly, the main focus will be on the crucified body of Christ, but in addition to that, we will draw hands and feet from icons of other subjects.

Subjects to be studied:

  • Frontal figure of Crucified Christ
  • Blessing gestures - 2 types
  • Hands in different positions - as many as possible
  • Feet in different positions (straight and forshortened) - at least three postures

  • We are 100% sure that, after attending this extended workshop, our students will draw and paint any hands and feet on their icons with much more freedom through a more comprehensive understanding of anatomy proportions and the principles of form-building. Drawing is not only important for painting new icons. We know this from the past responses of our students. Even the use of copied linear drawings, following a drawing workshop, becomes much more conscious.

    This extended workshop is planned to give a deeper and wider understanding of human anatomy in general. It is designed especially for those who strive to capture the unity and harmony of figures in icons. The reason we decided to build the program this way is the result of feedback following several workshops studying face drawing and painting techniques. Australian iconographers will appreciate this opportunity to learn to draw such demanding and difficult parts of the human body such as the hands and feet.

    Icon writing workshop

    In short: During the first 5 days we will draw the figure of the crucified Christ with the hands and feet in different positions. We shall practise a professional approach to anatomy form-building, and investigate the main principles of drawing the human body with pencil and brush on thick paper and cardboard..

    Who should attend:

    This particular workshop suits both advanced students and beginners. Newcomers, at the very beginning of their path, will gain a professional approach to their work, and so save time and energy learning literacy instead of patterns. Please note, during this first session of “The Extended Icon Painting Workshop” we are not going to start and finish painting one icon from beginning to end, but we will draw the body of the crucified Christ, with the hands and feet in different positions.

    The payment options:

    The full cost of both sessions of Extended Icon Painting Workshop is 1600 Australian dollars, or 800 for 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.

    To reserve a space you can pay $70 US dollars (approximately equivalent to 100 Australian dollars). The rest - 700 for one session or 1500 Australian dollars for two are expected to be paid at any time during the workshop.

    Please, choose the amount

    The group is limited to 11 participants with one instructor and 16 with two, 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.


    Registering for the workshop, make sure you give us your actual contact information. We will only use it to communicate with you about the workshop and nothing else. We never use any personal data of our students/subscribers in any other way nor for any other purpose.

    If you like to share the information about this workshop in your parish, we will feel honored if you print out a flyer. If you like the other one too - here it is.

    For all questions regarding the registration and payments, please, contact Philip Davydov

    About the instructors:

    Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova are founders of Sacred Murals Studio (Saint Petersburg, Russia). Philip holds an M.A. in State Fine Art from the Academy of Saint Petersburg, faculty of Theory and History of Art. He is a professional, second-generation iconographer with more than 15 years of teaching experience. He is also a professor at the Institute of Theology and Sacred Arts and the head of The Sacred Murals Studio in St. Petersburg, Russia.
    Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova
    Olga Shalamova holds an M.A. in State Fine Art from the Academy of Saint Petersburg, faculty of Theory and History of Art. She is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and is chief artist of the embroidery workshop at Feodorovsky Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. She is also an active participant in exhibitions of contemporary ecclesiastical art.

    Philip's and Olga's goal and the goal of their studio is to create icons and murals within the Christian tradition that are also 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:

    North Fitzroy Homestay (B&B)
    45 St.Georges Rd.
    Close to Brunswick St. tram.

    Phone: 03 9489 9661


    Email bookings:


    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