Monday, September 7 - Saturday September 12, 2015
Meeting daily, Monday through Saturday, 9am - 4pm,
Monday arrive by 8:30 to complete registration.
The Iconography Guild of St. Theodosia and
St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church
Stafford, VA 22555
(Not mailing address) 60 Clifton Chapel Lane, Stafford, VA 22555
Fr. Igumen Mefodii, Instructor for the Prosopon School of Iconology, Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor, 434-589-8530, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Anne Laymon (Mat. Joanna), class coordinator, email@example.com
The traditional Byzantine-Russian icon-writing method of the Prosopon School of Iconology, founded by Vladislav Andreyev, is a revival of the 15th-16th century iconography style of Andre Rublev. The Prosopon School empasizes the spiritual aspects of the twenty-one step process of writing the icon. To view their icons see: www.prosoponschool.org
Students will create icons using ancient techniques of painting and floating with egg tampera, with natural materials: carved wooded 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, both the one upon which we work and the Image (Icon) of God in us.
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. Beginning students will receive step-by-step instructions and all necessary materials to paint/write the icon of Archangel Michael. Students who have attended previous workshops will be assigned an icon appropriate to their experience or they can contact Fr. Mefodii in advance to discuss options.
Instructor: Father Mefodii, Master Iconographer and student of Vladislav Andreyev since 1991; appointed instructor in 2006; promoted to Master Iconographer 2008; has conducted workshops throughout America and in England. He is an Orthodox priest-monk (Hieromonk) of the Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor in Palmyra, VA and holds classes there.
Total Cost: $600, plus about $50 for Fr. Mefodii's motel fee. The non-refundable deposit of $100, included in the total cost, is required no later than 1 August 2015 but please register early to reserve your place! Mail your deposit, check payable to Jo Anne Laymon. Email her for her address.
Students are responsible for their lodging and meals and may share potluck lunches during the workshop. She will reserve a block of hotel rooms, located nearby and will be emailing further information, including room rates as the time approaches.