Three sessions of classes are planned for 2022: Winter-Spring (February-April), Summer (June-August) and Fall (September-November). We will kick off the year with a Paint Mixing & Pigments Class in mid January. All classes are taught via Zoom and are recorded. Students have access to the Zoom recordings for three months after the completion of each session. See CLASSES for exact dates.
Our beginning classes consist of (1) an introductory three-day series of a Paint Mixing & Pigments Class to teach students how to mix egg tempera paint for Prosopon style painting, followed by (2) a nine-week Saturday series of project classes to teach the application of the fundamental techniques in the development of an image, using the skills learned in the paint mixing classes. The icons for the beginning classes are small and simple, designed to give ample time in class to focus on the basics of the process. The Archangel Michael as a Warrior, the Archangel Gabriel as a Messenger, and the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) are each taught once a year on a 6”x8” icon board, which is included in the cost of the class. First-time students are given the basic supplies they need to begin icon painting. Also included in the cost of the project classes is the opportunity for individual critiques on Tuesdays. See CLASSES for more information.
Throughout 2022 our intermediate classes will focus on painting the basic images of a traditional Deisis tier of icons: Christ, the Theotokos, St. John the Baptist, and the Archangels Michael and Gabriel (pictured below). These icons will all be half-figure images, based roughly on the icons from the Khilandar Monastery on Mt. Athos. Students may choose to work on either a 10” x 15” rectangular board with a kovcheg or an 8” x 15” flat board with a pointed top. Less experienced students may choose to paint a smaller icon of only the head and shoulders of the image. All boards will be available for purchase through the studio. To schedule our intermediate classes, students must have some previous experience painting with the Prosopon School, either from Prosopon workshops or study with a teacher who teaches the Prosopon techniques. They must also be capable of mixing their own egg tempera paint, and they should have a basic understanding of the application of roskrish, lines, highlights and floats. See CLASSES for more details.