Registration Opens For Iconography Workshop

Icon. Courtesy/St. Dimitri of Rostov Orthodox Church

SPIRITUAL News:

A traditional Byzantine-Russian icon-writing workshop will be held this June in Santa Fe. The workshop, which has been held for more than 25 years is an outreach of the Prosopon School of Iconology, founded by Vladislav Andreyev. 

The method taught at the workshop is a revival of the iconography style of Andre Rublev (15th-16th century). The Prosopon School emphasizes the spiritual aspects of the multi-step process of writing the icon.

The workshop is June 15 through 20 and taught by Prosopon School Instructor and Master Iconographer Father Mefodii who has studied with Andreyev since 1991. This will be the 10th year for Fr. Mefodii to lead the workshop in which students will work on an icon using ancient techniques of painting and  floating with egg tempera and natural materials: carved wooden boards, pure gold leaf, and finely ground clay and mineral pigments mixed with egg yolk. Fr. Mefodii will emphasize the underlying theology of the icon along with techniques.

Previous “artistic” experience is not necessary since icon writing is as much a contemplative form of prayer as an ascetic discipline. The  workshop will consist of six full-day sessions during which each student will complete an icon. Students will receive step-by-step  instructions and all necessary materials to paint/write the icon. 

Beginning students will work on the icon of  Archangel Michael. Students returning for the second year may work on the icon of Archangel Gabriel. Students who have attended previous workshops will be assigned an icon appropriate to their experience. For advanced students Fr. Mefodii has selected the icon of the Annunciation or Christ the Good Shepherd or students can contact Fr. Mefodii in advance to discuss options.

For additional information, contact Elizabeth Bezzerides at 505.660.9113 or ebezzerides@gmail.com.

To view icons in the Prosopon style, visit www.prosoponschool.org.

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