Monday, September 12 - Saturday September 17, 2016
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
(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, email@example.com
To Register, Contact:
Jo Anne Laymon (Mat. Joanna), workshop coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact her to join the email list for updates.
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
Each student will create an icon using ancient techniques of painting and floating with egg tempera, 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 each of 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. Advanced students this year will be writing the icon of Christ, Great Humility, detail shown.
For more photos from our workshops, visit, like, and share our public Facebook page: St. Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox Church: https://www.facebook.com/StHermanOrthodoxStaffordVA/. The workshop page Event can be found also on: https://www.facebook.com/events/857582631021644/
Instructor: Father Igumen Mefodii, Master Iconographer and student of Vladislav Andreyevof the Prosopon School of Iconology since 1991, was appointed instructor in 2006 and promoted to Master Iconographer 2008. He has conducted workshops throughout America, in the Philippines, in England, and at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church since 2011. He is an Orthodox priest-monk (Hieromonk) of the Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor in Palmyra, VA, and has been an ordained priest for over 35 years. Additonally he has been a spiritual director of a college seminary, a representative to various religious and interfaith organizations, and an author. He holds two degrees in theology: Magister der Theologie (M.Th.) from the Theology Faculty of the University Innsbruck, Austria; and a Master of Arts (MA) in Eastern Christian Theology from the John XXIII Institute for Eastern Christian Studies at Fordham University, Bronx, NY.
Tuition and Materials: A Non-refundable deposit is due, $150 (applied toward the tuition) no later than August 22, 2016. (If you cannot get it in by that date, I could send in a quick, last-minute order for you if I have your deposit within the week.) Contact Mat. Joanna Laymon (above email address) for details.
Price includes: tuition, use of tools, all of your materials, the wooden board (beginning/intermediate students), pigments and egg emulsion, brushes, palette, gold leaf, and your pattern. Instruction lasts from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for the six days, and you may stay to work until 6 p.m.
Beginning/Intermediate students: $750. Includes your board. You are also required to purchase the very helpful packet of large, full-color prints showing each of the 22 steps in the process of painting Archangels Michael or Gabriel, if you are doing these icons. Packets are $25 and are available for other icons if you choose.
Intermediate/Advanced Students: Those who have done the icons of Archangels Michael and Gabriel, The Theotokos, Christ, St. John the Baptist, and Guardian Angel in the Prosopon method, are invited to write the icon of Christ, Great Humility, similar to the one shown. If you attended last year and did the icon of Christ the Good Shepherd, you also may do this one. Tuition and materials fee will be $650, however you must purchase your own board. You may trace and scribe/line your pattern ahead of time. When you send in your deposit Mat. Joanna will send you the pattern. The iconography guild will also do this for their August meeting.
Students are responsible for their lodging and meals and may share potluck lunches during the workshop.
Mat. Joanna reserved a block of hotel rooms at a discount, located nearby and will be emailing further information.