About the Course
Principal instructors of the Prosopon School travel to teach annual intensive workshops at churches, monasteries, schools, retreat centers and affiliate studios around the world. Most workshops have six full days of instruction around a given icon. Some workshops are shorter and provide concentrated instruction on a particular aspect of technique. Many locations offer room and board.
Iconographic Style and Method
Byzantine Church painting has flowered in different historical epochs and in different lands in various ways. Yet traditional iconography always remains within the bounds of a certain unspoken canon guided by the specific world view of the Christian faith. Today, the iconographer within the Prosopon School attempts to produce icons reflecting the inner mysterious depth and natural vibrancy evident in the greatest examples of the tradition. Especially valued in the School is the transparency and luminescence of ancient Russian icon painting which reached unique heights in the fifteenth century. However, there is no attempt to copy old icons directly. Tradition is not a thing of the past; it necessarily rejuvenates itself, clothing the eternal in new forms corresponding to the possibilities of the given era, and thereby exerting an influence on contemporary life. To produce a living icon, the aspiring iconographer must immerse her or himself in the theological and iconological principles taught by the Church while working on the refinement of his or her sense of artistic nuance.
As is fitting for the icon’s sacred function, predominantly natural materials are used in the School: wooden panels gessoed with natural ground, gilding by the bole method, egg tempera with ground pigments, and linseed oil finish. The iconographic method of the School is characterized by a multi-step process in which the succession of steps is concrete and definite, as in the liturgical services of the Church. Although the striving is for a high artistic level, the focus of the icon writer is nevertheless on personal spiritual discipline and spiritual growth within the teachings of the Orthodox Church.
ONLINE WORKSHOPS 2022
January 20-22 Introduction to Icon Painting in Egg Tempera: Paint Mixing & Pigments January 21 & 22 St Elizabeth Studio, Pigment Study Only, Intermediate Painters January 28 - April 8 (weekly) St Elizabeth Studio, Intermediate: Christ Pantocrator February 5 - April 2 (weekly) St Elizabeth Studio, Beginners: Archangel Michael, the Warrior May 12 - 14 St Elizabeth Studio, Introduction to Icon Painting in Egg Tempera: Paint Mixing & Pigments
May 13 & 14 St Elizabeth Studio, Pigment Study Only, Intermediate Painters June 4 - July 30 (weekly) Beginners: Archangel Gabriel
WORKSHOPS IN PERSON 2022
January 23 - 29 Holy Trinity Monastery, Guatemala
February 24 - 26 Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell, MI
February 28 - March 5 Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell, MI
March 21 - 26 Oblate Renewal Center, San Antonio, TX
March 20 - 26 Casa Betania Retreat Center, Tyler, TX
October 9 - 15 Christ the King Priory, St Benedicts Retreat Center, Schuyler, NE
TBA Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center, Bolivar, PA TBA Esna, Estonia TBA St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church, Shirley, NY TBA St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Grand Rapids, MI TBA St John the Baptist Catholic School, New Freedom, PA TBA Denver, CO
General Inquiries and workshop scheduling:
Leading intensive beginner, intermediate & advanced workshops, local studios, and heading major iconography projects of the School
Founder, Master Iconographer
Dn. Nikita Andrejev
Vaikuse tee 51
76907 Suurupi, Estonia
460 Crossover Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
Skete of St Maximos the Confessor
14054 James Madison Highway
Palmyra, VA 22963
New York City Prosopon Studio
41 Greene Street, B2
New York, NY 10013
New York City Studio
41 Greene Street, B2
New York, NY 10013, USA
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"Prosopon School of Iconology"
The Prosopon School of Iconology introduces students to the practice and theory of the ancient Christian art of Byzantine icon writing. Apprenticeship in this discipline of the hand, mind, and heart can lead beyond technical competence; the method of study promotes the incarnation of the principles of the painting experience into the other sphere’s of one’s life. Because an icon is said to be the “Gospel in color,” the School welcomes inquiring students from all backgrounds and of all levels of artistic competence. The School also encourages the search for a more profound experience of the Christian icon by means of exhibits, lectures and publications.
History and Founder
The Prosopon School of Iconology was founded by iconographer Vladislav Andrejev, who was born in 1938, in St. Petersburg, Russia. After receiving a formal education in the Tavrichesky School of Art and the Moscow Polygraphic Institute, Vladislav became interested in religious art, which was impossible to practice during the Soviet regime. The search for deeper meaning in life and art urged him on to solitary travels in parts of the Russian wilderness, including the Carpathian and Caucasus Mountains, where Orthodox recluse-monks lived in hiding. The search also led him to encounters with the monk-iconographer Abbot Alipiy of the Pskov Caves Monstery and to independent study of icon painting. In 1980 Vladislav emigrated to the United States. Becoming established in America during a period when interest in the Icon was growing, he has since written numerous icons which can be found in churches and homes throughout the world. Vladislav has been teaching and lecturing since 1985.
Over the years Vladislav’s iconographic technique and teaching method developed into a distinct school of painting and iconological interpretation. In 2000, the Prosopon School of Iconology was formally named, receiving the blessing of Archbishop Peter (L’Huillier) of New York and New Jersey, and the support of Theodosius, Metropolitan of All America and Canada (OCA). In this new stage of growth, the School is composed of the founder and a core faculty of trained instructors heading Prosopon studios in locations throughout the United States, Russia and Europe. Since its inception, the school has introduced thousand of students to the theory and practice of iconography through its workshops.