Iconography Online

Half-Figure of Christ Pantocrator

Course IV

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Course IV: Half-Figure of Christ Pantocrator

In this course we will learn how to draw a half-figure of Christ Pantocrator. The course consists of 2 blocks. The first block of assignments is dedicated to drawing different types of garments and hands. We will focus on one detail at a time. Using old models as references, we will study the logics and universal principles of construction for clothing and hands in iconography.
The second block is about the main artistic principles. We will study what influences our perception of the image, such as the ratio of different parts of the image, proportions, statics, dynamics, and inner connections. We are going to study how to arrange the figure to a different format.

Developing this course we have analyzed more than 50 icons of Christ Pantocrator. We distributed them into groups by topics they can help us with. Some icons will only be used once while others are included in several groups as they will help us with different subjects. Observing the same icons from different angles (with different goals) will be extremely helpful. It will provide new perspectives of apprehension for all kinds of models. This course continues to build on the previous ones: Drawing a Frontal Face, Drawing Asymmetrical Faces, Space in Iconography.

We don’t mind accepting new 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.

Details

FOR WHOM

Mostly for those, who have accomplished our previous Online courses.

PRICE

260 + 120 + 260 USD for 7 + 4 + 6 weekly assignments with unlimited drawing corrections + 3 pre-recorded zoom lectures. Payments are non-refundable. Students are accepted on a first come - first served basis.

DURATION

  • BLOCK 1:
    8 weeks / 7 assignments
    5 May - 30 June 2022

  • BLOCK 1 EXTENSION
    6 weeks / 4 assignments
    7 July - 11 August 2022

  • BLOCK 2
    8 weeks / 6 assignments
    18 August - 13 October 2022
  • Drawings are accepted for corrections no later than 13 October 2022

    RESOURCES PROVIDED

    Each of the weekly assignments includes: a video with explanations a PDF file with homework, historical information, lecture summary, a folder with drawings, a folder (or folders) with medieval models.

    All videos and images remain available to the students after the end of the Course.

    LEARNING SUPPORT

    Learners are expected to share photographs of their drawings in Google Classroom Stream. Personal feedback from the instructors with their corrections / comments / recommendations is given within 48 hour (weekends excluded). Feedback is guaranteed for the whole period of the course either written in words or/and drawn directly on the emailed image.

    NECESSARY SUPPLIES

  • Paper: A4 or Letter format
  • Pencils: 2H and 2B (or 4B)
  • Eraser
  • Compass with two needles (caliper)
  • Ruler
  • Thick paper for templates
  • Graph paper A4
  • WILL I HAVE ENOUGH TIME

    We made this program as extensive as possible. Complex tasks are split into manageable parts, making the assignments squeezable between routine work and family duties. We hope it will allow everybody to study at their own pace. Please put about 40-50 minutes for watching the video tutorials & at least 2 hours for drawing practice per assignment.

    Practical Matters

    BLOCK I. Starts the 5th of May 2022
    It consists of 7 weekly assignments with one week break in the middle of the course
  • 3 weeks with assignments published every Thursday
  • 1 week break for everybody to catch up with the group
  • 4 weeks with assignments published every Thursday
  • 1 week with no assignments for those who will continue with the Extension.
  • 2 weeks with no assignments for those who will not continue with the Extension


  • BLOCK I EXTENSION. Starts the 7th of July 2022
    It consists of 4 weekly assignments published every Thursday
  • 4 weeks with assignments published every Thursday
  • 2 weeks with no assignments for everybody to catch up and complete all the tasks


  • BLOCK II. Starts the 18th of August 2022
    It consists of 6 weekly assignments with one week break in the middle of the course
  • 3 weeks with assignments published every Thursday
  • 1 week break for everybody to catch up with the group
  • 3 weeks with assignments published every Thursday
  • 2 weeks with no assignments for everybody to catch up and complete all the tasks


  • Access to the Google Classroom and the videos is strictly limited to the online course participants only and must not be shared with anyone else in any form

    What You Will Learn

    1.

    General principles of garment drawing and how any half-figure in a tunic and 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

    Learning Process

    Each of the weekly assignments includes:

  • a tutorial video
  • a PDF file with homework, historical information, lecture summary
  • a folder with drawings
  • a folder (or folders) with medieval models

  • Start each assignment by watching a video, taking notes and making sketches. They will help you to memorize all the new information. In order to master new skills and make them become your hands on experience you need a lot of drawing practice.

    The homework for each assignment is given at the end of the last video and also in description of each assignment. In the folders for each assignment you will find all the drawings and medieval models. We expect you to do your homework on paper of A4/Letter format and post it in the Google Classroom Stream.

    If you are not satisfied with your drawings and have not finished them, share your drawings at least once a week. Constructive feedback will help you to move on. If you are stuck and don’t understand how to proceed, post your drawing(s) with question(s) in the Stream. We are always ready to give a hand.

    The advantage of using the Stream is that you see other students' homework and teachers' feedback as well. You can spot a lot of interesting comments and suggestions that help in your work.

    We kindly ask you, take a photo of your drawings without distortion. When taking a photo, hold your cell phone or tablet parallel to the drawing. It will help a lot with your homework correction.

    We hope that at least for these one or two hours of drawing you will switch off or put your cell phone on “silent mode”. We also recommend asking people around not to disturb you and provide some peace for concentrated work. We insist on this because the learning process is more intense and effective if performed with a complete immersion in the process, thoughtfully and carefully.

    If you experience any technical difficulties with Google Classroom, please let us know via email. We will answer you as quickly as we can.


    Online Iconography Drawing Course 4

    Assignments

    Block 1

  • How to Draw a Tunic
  • How to Draw a Toga with one Shoulder Covered
  • How to Draw a Toga with Both Shoulders Covered
  • Antique Meaning of Gestures and the Main Hand Structure
  • How to Draw a Two-Fingered Blessing
  • How to Draw an Abbreviated Jesus Christ Blessing
  • How to Draw a Back of the Hand Gesture
  • Block 1 Extension

  • Christ’s Hand under the Gospel
  • Christ’s Hand Holding a Scroll
  • Subsequent Frontal Folds on Christ’s Toga
  • Round Folds on Togas
  • Block 2

  • Image Perception: Half-figure and Background
  • Image Perception: Personal Traits and Objects
  • Image Perception: Statics and Dynamics, Inner Connections
  • Formatting: Narrow
  • Formatting: Wide
  • Unframed icons: Format Recalculating
  • Ready to Enroll?

    Online Iconography Drawing Course IV consists of:
  • Block 1 (May 5 - June 30 2022, 7 assignments) - $260
  • Extension of Block 1 (July 7 - August 11 2022, 4 assignments) - $120
  • Block 2 (August 18 - October 13 2022, 6 Assignments) - $260

  • 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 Online courses. We don’t mind accepting new 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.

    If you plan to sign up for this course we suggest making registration payments for one part at a time, starting from the first one. If you prefer to make a full payment right away, choose an appropriate option using the Paypal button on the right. Please, note, that the Extension of Block 1 is an optional series of assignments.
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    Interactive Course for Drawing the Frontal Face Theory and Practice
    Students are accepted on a first come - first served basis. Making your reigistration payment, please provide a valid email address. It will be used to send you a personal invitation to Google Classroom and for all the further communications.

    The Assignments will be emailed on Thursdays at 00:00 AM Moscow time (GMT+3). Please, let us know if you have any further questions.
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