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 – £350

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

This 6 day course offers an in depth study of this ancient art, preparing for a more conscious way of drawing and painting. It will provide –

  • 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 such as value, warmth-coolness, and texture
  • Time to practice colour techniques

This intermediate-level course is best suited to students that have been introduced to icon painting using the Prosopon method and have some knowledge of the steps, meaning and techniques of the process. However, diligent first-time students will be accepted with the hope that they go on to take an introductory course and experience the entirety of the process.

The prayerful practice of icon painting is inspired by the theology and spirituality of the Church. Although this particular course will focus on technique, the theoretical (iconological) aspect of both sketching and painting will be presented, so as to lead the group to a greater appreciation of the depth of this sacred art, beyond the techniques. During the drawing module, students will learn how to take cues from exemplary ancient images and will work at producing a sketch which is not a direct copy. In the painting module, students will analyse ancient icons, plan out the colours and light, and practice the techniques. Natural and traditional pigments and materials will be used, with practice in the liquid egg tempera “floating” and layering method. Students will not be painting an image from start to finish, but will work through a set of reference exercises which can be applied to any future project.

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 – £350

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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