2020 Icon Painting Classes – Now through Zoom
Theology of the Work: The Second Council of Nicaea in the year 787 AD defined the icon as “the visual Word of God, the Gospel in line and color.” The Byzantine icon was the sacred art of the undivided Christian Church of the first millennium. Its purpose was to faithfully transmit the truths of the Christian Tradition to the faithful. Iconography, the art of painting the icons, was passed on from one iconographer to another through ages, following the canons (guidelines) set by the bishops of the Church. The tradition of the Byzantine icon was preserved and perpetuated in the eastern Orthodox Churches from the early centuries until the present day. The sacred art of the Roman Catholic Church in the west evolved through various artistic styles over the centuries: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, etc. Today the churches of the West are rediscovering the beauty of the early Byzantine icons. Western sacred artists over the past decades have begun to study with Orthodox iconographers to reclaim the lost tradition of the oriental icon and to introduce it again into the western churches and the lives of western Christians.
The Instructor: Faye Drobnic began studying iconography in 1993 with master iconographer Philip Zimmerman at the St. John of Damascus Icon Studio at the Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA. She continued her studies with other masters, including Charles Rohrbacher at the Mt. Angel Iconography Institute in Oregon, Canadian Heather MacKean at the North Florida Iconography Institute in Florida, Russian Ksenia Pokrovsky of Izograph Studio & Hexameron, and others. Her primary teachers over the years have been the teachers of the Prosopon School of Iconology, founded by Russian iconographer Vladislav Andrejev. She teaches the techniques of the Prosopon School at her home studio, an old World War II prisoner-of-war barracks building located in Lafayette, La.
Current class format: Life brings change, sometimes unexpectedly. In response to the coronavirus situation, I have transitioned all of my icon painting classes to a Zoom format. This has taken some revising and reimagining, but what we have now is a great format that is working well. I am presently teaching two classes a week:
- INDIVIDUAL CRITIQUE CLASSES: TUESDAYS 2:00-4:00 pm. Open to all levels of students who are painting independently at home, wither finishing class projects or undertaking new work. Students email me high-resolution photos of individual icons on Monday, and on Tuesday afternoon we critique each icon, pointing out both the good points and the weakness and giving detailed directions on how to proceed with the next step of the work.
Registration for this class is by the month, not by individual sessions. Cost is $40 or $50 per month, depending on the number of Tuesdays.
- PROJECT CLASSES, FRIDAYS 2:00-5:00 PM. Open to students who are capable of mixing their own paint and who have taken at least one Prosopon workshop or beginning class series. This is a painting class, where we all work together on a given project. On Thursdays I email everyone written instructions and step pictures for the work to be done the next day. The Zoom class on Friday is a combination of my detailed instructions and explanations, screen-sharing of step photos, and web camera demonstrations of the painting process itself. Students paint along with me, and then complete the work as needed before the next class. This class is recorded each week and shared with the students for follow-up. Classes are about 3 hours each.
Each 11-Week series is $275, payable upon registration.
- PAINT MIXING & PIGMENT CLASS, to be scheduled when enough students request it. This class will teach you how to mix your own paint in egg tempera for the various techniques used by the Prosopon School and provide you with a basic understanding of the pigments most used in the icon painter’s palette. Email me if you are interested.
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