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Iconography Drawing Course IV

Half-Figure of Christ Pantocrator


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Plan:

In this course, dedicated to drawing half-figure of Christ Pantocrator, we will continue learning the most fundamental details, how to put them together to become an integrate icon with an expressive and harmonious balance. The course consists of 2 blocks.

BLOCK ONE: Historical information + practice (details)

1.How to draw the tunic
2.How to draw the toga type 1
3.How to draw the toga type 2
4. Antique meaning of gestures and the main hand structure
5. The blessing hand type 1
6. The blessing hand type 2
7. The blessing hand type 3 and the hand with the gospel

BLOCK TWO: General shapes and different perception levels. Proportions. Composition. Artistic Solution

1. Head – torso proportion. Relationship between the shape of the figure and the format of the image. Layout. Generalized perception 1.
2. Face, hands and the gospel in relationship to the figure. Main agents of expression (What influences expression?) Generalized perception 2.
3. Garment details and other details in the general composition design. Generalized perception 3.
4. Applying the new skills in a wider format
5. Applying the new skills in a more narrow format
6. Adjusting round and semicircular images to a rectangular board shape.

Description

The first block of assignments will be emailed the 26th of August 2021. It will consist of 7 weekly assignments and it will only be dedicated to garments and hands in different positions, with each assignment focusing on one detail only. Using old models as references, we will study the logic and universal principles of construction for clothing and hands in iconography.

After a week-long break we will commence with the second block, which currently consists of 6 weekly assignments (we are still in state of planning, - we may need to add one more or to take one off). The second block starts the 21 of October and it is dedicated to the main principles and types of artistic solutions. We will be learning from the old models, using them as guidelines. Learning how to assemble separate details into a whole, we will perform a series of experiments with the old icons to study different levels of perception. We will study the factors, influencing the understanding of the image, such as the composition, proportions and other crucial matters.

Developing this course, we have analyzed more than 50 icons of Christ Pantocrator. We distributed them into groups according to our lessons. Some icons will only be used once while others will be included in several groups. We will study the factors that influence the understanding of the image.

What You Will learn

1.

General principles of garment drawing and how any half-figure in a tunic and a toga can be drawn.

2.

Drawing hand gestures in different positions, understanding the meaning of each gesture

3.

Professional way to find a placement for the half-figure image in different formats

4.

How proportions influence the image expression

5.

Main image perception

6.

Methods of generalized perception and understanding of form, bypassing details (crucial)

Iconography Drawing Course Half-Figure of Christ Pantocrator is mostly recommended for those who have accomplished our previous Online courses. We may also accept other students, seriously practicing (or willing to seriously practice) iconography drawing. Although, we need to inform our potential students, that at this course we are not going to learn drawing faces as we have special courses for it.

Practical Matters

This Course will commence with the first assignment, planned for publishing the 26th of August 2021.

FOR WHOM

Mostly for those, who have accomplished our previous Online courses (see above).

PRICE

220 + 220 USD for 7 + 6 weekly assignments with unlimited drawing corrections and 4 zoom sessions. Payments are non-refundable. Students are accepted on first come - first served basis.

NECESSARY SUPPLIES

1.Paper: A4 or Letter format
2.Pencils: 2H and 2B (or 4B)
3.Eraser
4.Compass with two needles (caliper)
5.Thick paper or cardboard rectangular templates

DURATION

BLOCK I: 26 August - 14 October 2021
BLOCK II: 21 October - 2 December Please put about 30 - 60 minutes to watch the video tutorials per assignment
& at least 1 hour per assignment for homework.

RESOURCES PROVIDED

Each of the weekly assignments includes one or more video tutorials and reference images. All videos and images remain available to the students after the end of the Course.

LEARNING SUPPORT

Learners are expected to continuously share photographs of their drawings with the instructor during the course (as often as possible). The instructor responds with comments / recommendations within 48 hours (weekends excluded).

WILL I HAVE ENOUGH TIME

We tried to make this program as extensive as we could, splitting complex tasks into little manageable parts, and making the assignments squeezable between work and family duties. We hope it will allow everybody to study with own pace.

Details

The Course IV consists of 7 + 6 weekly assignments, each of them proposes different drawing excersises, from basic to more complex. If you are short in time we recommend at least watching the videos, and maybe making one drawing. Avoid hurrying up with your practice! If you have extra time we suggest accomplishing all the tasks for better understanding.

While teaching our previous Online Courses, we discovered how important it is to have at least virtual real-time communication with our students. This time we plan to have 4 zoom sessions altogether: two during the first block and two during the second. Our first zoom meeting should be on Saturday the 28 of August, second - on Saturday the 9th of October, the third on Saturday the 23rd of October and the last one on Saturday the 24th of November or the 4th of December 2021 (before the end of the course).

All the zoom sessions will start at the same time. Session one: 17:00 Australian Standard time. Session two: 12:00 PM (midday) Eastern Time, which is the same as 10:00 Mountain time, same as 18:00 Central European Standard Time (GMT+1).






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The Learning Process

After receiving the Weekly Assignments, students are invited to accomplish their drawings on paper of A4 / Letter format. We hope that at least for these one or two hours of drawing they will switch off or put on SILENT MODE their cell-phones, placing them in a remote part of the room. We also recommend our students to ask people around them not to disturb and provide some piece for a concentrated work. We insist on this because the learning process is more intense and effective if drawing is performed with a complete immersion in the process, thoughtfully and carefully.

Should students experience any technical difficulty, like in dealing with Google Classroom or doing their homework, they are invited to send us their questions and comments via email.
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The registration is open.

The total cost of two blocks of assignments, constituting this Online Iconography Drawing Course IV is 440 USD. It is up to you, whether to register just for the first block of 7 assignments ($220), leaving the second payment for later time, or to make the full payment right away. Select the appropriate option on Paypal button on the right.

Students are accepted on first come - first served basis. The group size is limited.

The first assignment of the Course is scheduled for publishing the 26th of August 2021 at midnight (Moscow time GMT +3).

We only plan to have 4 zoom sessions at this course: two during the first block and two during the second.

While making the reigistration payment, please provide a valid email address. It will be used to send you a personal invitation to Google Classroom and all the further communications. The Assignments will be emailed on Thursdays at 00:00 AM Moscow time (GMT+3).

Iconography Drawing Course Half-Figure of Christ Pantocrator is the fourth of a series and it is mostly recommended for those who have accomplished our previous Onlince courses. We may also accept other students, seriously practicing (or willing to seriously practice) iconography drawing, although, we need to inform our potential students, that at this course we are not going to learn drawing faces as we have special courses for this subject. Please, let us know if you have any further questions.

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OUR TEAM

Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova; Sacred Murals Studio (Saint Petersburg, Russia).
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Philip Davydov

Iconographer, iconography instructor and web-site administrator

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.

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Olga Shalamova

Iconographer and iconography instructor

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.

Our Previous Iconography Workshops

We taught more then 100 iconography workshops in off-line classrooms. You can see what they were like on our main website: www.sacredmurals.com. You can also see icons, mosaics, frescoes, fabric prints and illustrations and complex church interior solutions.

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