Advanced Icon Painting Workshop

Icon of St Francis of Assisi

Melbourne (Australia) 21 - 25 January 2024

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Train to

  • Work from several models for one image
  • Capture a portrait character of a saint
  • Choose appropriate formating
  • Find right (canonically and artistically) colour combinations
  • Follow a step-by-step painting method to constantly control the result
  • Make the final adjustments to the image
  • SHORT DESCRIPTION

    We made this 5-day advanced icon painting workshop for those, who have accomplished one or more of our workshops (including our Online Courses), for those who want to draw professionally and paint their icons freehand (without tracing).

    The workshop will begin with a couple of general drawing assignments to be reminded of the basic face proportions and structure. After that we will draw several images of St Francis from different medieval models, featuring individual charachteristics of his face and figure. After this we will work on composition and colour combination, trying the three main methods of face-painting to make an individual choice.

    The last two days of the workshop will be dedicated to process of painting an icon of St Francis with egg tempera on gessoed board.

    The workshop program is very intense and consists of various activities. Theoretical lessons, accompanied by the projection of slides which will be dedicated to theology, theory and history of iconography, problems and issues of contemporary icon painting. 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.

    Fresco image of St Francis of Assisi by Cimabue.
     

    GOAL

    Amazed by the energy and expressiveness of some old image we may be tempted to appropriate its beauty by making a replica of the favourite piece. People are often moved by the idea, that by copying the outlines and colours they can capture the content and the spirit of the original artwork. By re-creating the form, they hope to gain the message, but it does not work this way. Unlike historical reconstructions of objects like vestments or utensils, icons and other pieces of art can only be authentic if the artist makes his/her own choices, moved by professionalism and inspiration.

    The goal of this workshop is to study the best existing images of St Francis and to create our own new versions based on their examples.

    PROGRAM

    The first three days of the course will be completely devoted to drawing with pencil and brush, to studies of colour combinations and subtle nuances of image formating. Studying characteristic aspects of our models, drawing and choosing colours on paper students will practice professional freedom limited only by the tradition.

    In the last two days students will be encouraged to draw and paint an icon of St Francis with egg tempera on gessoed board. This will help to consolidate their ne wknowledge, to memorize the method and skills for future independent work.

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    FOR WHOM

    For those, who have accomplished at least one our workshops (including our Online Courses)

    COST

    $970 AUD for 5 full days. This includes teaching and all the necessary tools and materials gessoed board excepted. You can bring your own gessoed board (approximately 32 x 23 cm with 2 cm borders) or purchase one from us for extra $50 AUD. Lodging and meals are not included.

    SCHEDULE

    Period: 21-25 January 2024.
    On SUnday we start on 11:00, all the other workshop days start at 9:30 and finishes at 17:00 with an hour-long lunch break around midday. Two more short tea breaks for lectures & discussions are scheduled to be at about 10.30 and 15:00.

    ACTIVITIES

    Drawing, painting, hands-on instructions and demonstrations, lectures and discussions with personalised mentoring and comprehensive feedback.

    NECESSARY MATERIALS

    We provide students with all the necessary tools and materials, however we recommend bringing your own apron, textbook and pen/pencil for notes.

    LOCATION

    Australian Catholic University (ACU)
    Art Space, 26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065, (Victoria), Australia
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    PRACTICE

    The workshop will begin on SUNDAY, January 21 and will end on THURSDAY January 25, 2024. On Sunday we will start on 11:00, during other days we will work from 9:30 to 17:00 with one hour break for lunch and two more short breaks for lectures. of the course will be completely devoted to drawing with pencil and brush, to studies of colour combinations and subtle nuances of image formating. Studying characteristic aspects of our models, drawing and choosing colours on paper students will practice professional freedom limited only by the tradition.

    In the last two days students will be encouraged to draw and paint an icon of St Francis with egg tempera on gessoed board. This will help to consolidate their new knowledge and to memorize the method for future independent work. The goal of the course is not to finish the icon, but to learn as much as possible, please, do not plan to finish your icon at the course.

    St Francis images. Models for Iconography Workshop in Melbourne

    PLAN

  • Day 1.

    Refreshing basic face and garment structure. Drawing the face oval, nose, eyes, lips and body covered with franciscan robe with pencil and brush. Keeping all parts connected.

  • Day 2.

    Finding out the most characteristic aspects of St Francis face and figure in a research drawing process.

  • Day 3.

    Choosing color combinations, trying different methods of face-painting before working on the final image.

  • Day 4.

    Making drawing of the half figure of St Francis with egg tempera on either thick paper or board. If you prefer to paint on a gessoed board, you can bring your own or purchase it from us for extra $70 AUD.

  • Day 5.

    Painting the half figure of St Francis with egg tempera on gessoed board.
    The goal of the course is not to finish the icon, but to learn as much as possible, so we do not promise you will finish your icon at the course.

  • Ready to Enrol?

    The full cost of off-line Iconography workshop Icon of St Francis of Assisi is $970 AUD. This includes teaching and all the necessary tools and materials gessoed board excepted. You can bring your own gessoed board (we recommend an approximate size of 32 x 23 cm with 2 cm borders) or purchase one from us for extra $50 AUD. Lodging and meals are not included. To reserve a space you can pay $120 AUD (approximately equal to $80 USD). The rest - $850 AUD is paid any time during the workshop.

    This workshop will begin on January 21 and end on January 25, 2024. The group is limited to 17 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.

    Making your registration payment please provide a valid email address. It will only be used for personal communications.

    Painting icon of St Francis of Assisi. Off-Line Icon Painting Workshop in ACU (Melbourne)
    If within 80 days from the purchase date you experience health issues forbidding you to participate in the chosen workshop, we will fully refund the cost of your order.

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    OUR TEAM

    Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova. Sacred Murals Studio (originally: Saint Petersburg, Russia, since March 2022: Tbilisi, Georgia).
    Painting icon of St Francis of Assisi. Off-Line Icon Painting Workshop in ACU (Melbourne)

    Philip Davydov

    Iconographer, iconography instructor and web-site administrator

    Second-generation iconographer with M.A. from State Fine Art Academy of Saint Petersburg (faculty of Theory and History of Art).
    2001 co-founder of Sacred Murals Studio (St. Petersburg, Russia).
    Teaching iconography in US, Italy, Australia and other countries since 2005.
    2006 Member of Union of Artists of Russia
    2009 - 2022 Professor at Institute of Theology and Sacred Arts (Saint Petersburg).
    Head of Iconography School of St Petersburg Seminary - 2021

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    Painting icon of St Francis of Assisi. Off-Line Icon Painting Workshop in ACU (Melbourne)

    Olga Shalamova

    Iconographer and iconography instructor

    M.A. from State Fine Art Academy of Saint Petersburg (faculty of Theory and History of Art).
    2009 Member of the Union of Artists of Russia
    2015 - 2021 chief artist of the embroidery workshop at Feodorovsky Cathedral in Saint Petersburg.
    Author of the majority of our offline and online courses.
    Actively participates in exhibitions of contemporary ecclesiastical art in Russia and abroad.

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