140 USD for 5 Assignments. Payments are non-refundable. Students are accepted on first come - first served basis.
The first assignment is delivered the 26th of August 2021. The last assignment is accepted for corrections no later than 30th of September 2021.
Up to 16 students in one class
For Learners with no iconography or artistic background, for iconographers who trace/copy icons, while desiring to improve on the drawing of the face.
Links to 3-5 practical video tutorials and a lecture per each of the 5 assignments, all shared through Google Classroom. All the videos and images remain available to the students after the end of the Course
Learners are expected to share photographs of their drawings to the instructors any time during the week. The instructors will respond in 48 hours (weekends excluded) with feedback; either written in words or drawn directly on the emailed image
Students only need most basic materials, such as paper, pencils, eraser, and a compass with two needles. Plan to put in at least 1.5 hours for homework per assignment.
We made this program as extensive as possible, yet we split complex tasks into little manageable parts, making the assignments squeezable between routine work and family duties. We hope it will allow everybody to study with own pace.
How to build up a frontal face for an icon.
Lecture 1: Why we need essential anatomy of the face.
Structure of eyes and eyebrows. Finding the structure on medieval icon models.
Lecture 2: Volume in Iconography and How It Is Rendered?
Structure of the nose and lips. Finding the structure on medieval icon models.
Lecture 3: What image transmits?
Practice of drawing from a model with adjustments.
Lecture 4: Large Forms in Our Perception
Turning the knowledge into professional approach
Lecture 5: Why Use a Method?
Thank you for your corrections ( and for ALL of your teaching) - they are very helpful, and they make me look more carefully at what I've done, hopefully before I send it to you, but the learning is equally good when I get it 'wrong' anyway!!(...)
I now find this online way of working is actually more helpful for me - it gives me time to try to understand what I need to do before I try to do it. I am also allowed to work at a pace that suits my temperament - and being able to come out to the studio when I am in the right 'frame of mind' is very good also; sometimes even in the middle of the night, when everything is quiet.
I just finished watching the video (...) First of all thanks for remembering me.
It’s a very interesting approach - I see the value straight away - instead of just copying, even good copying, you can now understand what you are actually copying! And therefore you can actually have more confidence and understanding when you’re constructing your own faces, or still copying for that matter. It’s a good solid way to learn.
Dear Philip and Olga,
Thank you for your reply. All constructive criticism is welcomed! That is how one learns. I respect your teaching methods and understand what you are striving for in your students.
Every lesson is building on the previous one. You both are excellent in the videos and explanations. I like how Olga illustrates the shape of the face and measurements in each lesson, this is a very good recap or repeat/reminder of the previous lessons! Now we are at assignment #4. I also realize more practice with the Basics is needed to learn, apply and understand. Analogy is: ( You can't build the frame of the house if the foundation is not well built).
This class is the first class that makes sense in learning from the very beginning from measurements- not tracings from a prearranged drawing to achieve a portrait. Your hard work, hours, planning and energy that both of you have achieved to produce a successful class on line is valued very much! Many cheers to you both!
Looking forward to the next week's lesson.
Thank you both again for helping me improve in this class!
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.
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.
The cost of the course is $140 USD. To make the reigistration payment, please provide us with your valid email address, because it will also be used to send you a personal invitation to Google Classroom and all the assignments. The Assignments are emailed on Thursdays 00:00 Moscow time .
We launch this course as a first of a series, and the Course II (Off-Centered Faces) is scheduled to start the 7th of October 2021.
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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.