Russian Byzantine Icon Painting with Nikita Andrejev

Learning from Ancient Icons:

Sketch Composition and Planning the Aesthetics of an Icon, with Technique Practice

Monday 8 – Saturday 13 April 2019

Course venue:  Maurice Fowler Hall, 1A Montpelier Avenue, Ealing, London W5 2XP

Please register by email for next year: info AT benedictine-institute DOT org

Taught by Deacon Nikita Andrejev

Course Fee – £360

Registration deadline 15th February 2019 with a non-refundable £100 deposit

This 6½ day course offers an in depth study of this ancient art, preparing for a more conscious way of drawing and painting. It will provide both experienced and new painters –

  • An intensive drawing seminar in the first three-four days
  • A step-by-step way of making a sketch from scratch
  • Examination of ancient icons (with slides)
  • Analysis of the design principles – value, warmth-coolness, brilliance, & texturedness
  • Time to practice colour techniques

The prayerful practice of icon painting inspired by the beauty of the images, mineral & earth colours & gilding. The course goes beyond the craft of the liquid egg tempera painting technique through learning to understand the symbolism and theology associated with each aspect of the painting process. Students will not go home with a new icon, but a set of reference exercises for future use as examples on any icon they paint.

Students also have the opportunity to start with Nikita at 1pm Sunday 7th April to complete any previous icon paintings. Places are limited so early registration recommended.

Deacon Nikita Andrejev is an Iconographer-instructor who has learned his craft through a lifetime immersion. Following his apprenticeship with his father, Vladislav Andrejev, iconographer and founder of the Prosopon School, Nikita complimented this experience with theological studies in USA & France. As a faculty member of the Prosopon School, he has contributed to the development of their unique teaching methods. Since the school’s founding in the 80s, it has rediscovered lost techniques of the ancient art of liquid egg tempera & contributed to the renewed interest in icon painting.

Course Fee – £360

This includes all materials. Students also have the opportunity to start with Nikita at 1pm Sunday 7th April to complete previous paintings.

Registration: info AT benedictine-institute DOT org

Course venue:  Maurice Fowler Hall, 1A Montpelier Avenue, Ealing, London W5 2XP

Please contact for enrolment form and details regarding optional accommodation (There are a limited number of rooms in the Ealing Abbey Guest House)

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