Russian Byzantine Icon Painting with Nikita Andrejev

Led by Deacon Nikita Andrejev of the Prosopon School of Iconography & Iconology

Monday 17th – Saturday 22nd February 2020

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

Early registration recommended with a non-refundable £100 deposit. Limited places available.

This 6 day course is open to both beginners & continuing students and provides an opportunity to experience the practice & theory of the ancient Christian art of Byzantine Icon Painting.

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 & theology associated with each aspect of the painting process. The icon sketch for this class will be inspired by these images.

Theologically speaking, the figure of St John, the “Forerunner,” represents a good introductory theme for first-time students. For those that have painted an Archangel or two with the Prosopon School, the image will fit nicely into a growing “deisis” composition along with the other waist-length, sideways-turned figures. For advanced students, St John offers the possibility of refining skills in understanding & painting a bearded ascetic saint, especially the bringing out of spiritual character traits. For those that have already taken a drawing class on this, St John’s icon will be a good follow-up, allowing us to see how the principles, while remaining the same, are applied in a new way. The subject will also be one of the best opportunities (in terms of area and colour) to practice the Byzantine garment high-lighting style which we call second highlight. Gilding with Prosopon’s bole method will be part of the course. Students will finish their icon, as in a traditional Prosopon workshop (excluding oiling with olifa).

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.

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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