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The icons of St. Herman used on this website are of the Prosopon School of Iconology

Announcing the Third Annual Prosopon Iconography Workshop

Monday, September 8 - Saturday September 13, 2014

Meeting daily, Monday through Saturday, 9am - 4pm,

Monday arrive by 8:30 to complete registration.

Hosted by:

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

 

 Presented by:

Fr. Igumen Mefodii, Instructor for the Prosopon School of Iconology, Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor, 434-589-8530, sketestmaximos@gmail.com

Jo Anne Laymon (Mat. Joanna), class coordinator, sttheodosiaiconguild@yahoo.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: Tuition for the class: $425. Materials fee: $150. Hotel fee (for Fr. Mefodii): $50. The non-refundable deposit of $100,included in the total cost, is required no later than 1 August  2014 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.

Icon Workshop 2011 - 2013

Above:


1. On our final day the students displayed their icons with Fr. Mefodii holding one of the student's finished icons.


2. Students at work tracing their pattern onto the board.


3. Fr. Mefodii demonstrated the use of the compass for forming halos.

Above: Students receive individual assistance.

The workshop/retreat is conducted according to the traditional Byzantine-Russian icon-writing method of the Prosopon School of Iconography, a revival of the 15th century school of Andrei Rublev and founded by Vladislav Andreyev. The school offers both the technique of icon-writing and the spiritual symbolic aspects within the 21 steps of the process.

Above: Icons in progress, the early stages.

Only natural materials are used in this floating technique of egg tempera: wood, clay, pure gold leaf, and the pigments formed from ground minerals combined with egg yolk.

The workshop-retreat is conducted in a silent, prayerful environment with the playing of liturgical music during some of the steps. Explanations/reflections on the spiritual meanings are presented before each step. No previous artistic experience is required as writing the icon is as much a contemplative form of prayer as an artistic discipline.

Archangel Michael
Archangel Michael
Archangel Michael
Archangel Gabriel
Archangel Gabriel
Archangel Gabriel
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel

Above: Finished icons of students.

Beginning students are provided with step-by-step instructions to complete an icon of Archangels Michael or Gabriel. Other icons such as those of Christ, the Virgin, John the Baptist, and the Guardian Angel are available to those who have attended previous workshops and have them approved by Fr. Mefodii. For more information about the Prosopon School, visit: www.prosoponschool.org.

Applying the Clay Bole as a base for the gold leaf.
Applying the Clay Bole as a base for the gold leaf.
Applying the Clay Bole as a base for the gold leaf.
Fr. Mefodii illustrates highlights found even in hair.
Fr. Mefodii illustrates highlights found even in hair.
Fr. Mefodii illustrates highlights found even in hair.
Highlighting is layered between floats.
Highlighting is layered between floats.
Highlighting is layered between floats.

All of the steps in the process are rich in spiritual symbolism. 

The Days are Filled with Instruction Followed by Quiet Contemplation and Prayer

Fr. Mefodii Patiently Instructs Everyone.
Fr. Mefodii Patiently Instructs Everyone.
Fr. Mefodii Patiently Instructs Everyone.
A Time To Work and to Pray
A Time To Work and to Pray
A Time To Work and to Pray
Many are Writing their First Icon
Many are Writing their First Icon
Many are Writing their First Icon

We are instructed as a group and individually. As we listen to soft, liturgical music we focus on prayer and our work.

Glory To God!

One of our Parishioners
One of our Parishioners
One of our Parishioners
Our Group Minus Two
Our Group Minus Two
Our Group Minus Two
Another Gifted Student
Another Gifted Student
Another Gifted Student

During the week we have formed new friendships through mutual sharing, helping, and encouragement. We've worked together, meeting new challenges and look forward to next year.


For weather related cancellations, please stay tuned to the following channels for updates:

  • TV - WJLA channel 7, News Channel 8
  • Radio - WTOP (FM 103.5, 103.9, 107.7, WTOP.com)
 
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