Master Iconographer, Theodore Papadopoulos's, Byzantine School of Iconography offers students of all levels, from the beginner to the professional, an opportunity to learn and/or refine their techniques in the sacred art of Byzantine iconography. Ancient and modern techniques are taught at the school, while developing confidence in the students through clear concise teaching.
Although most of the
school's workshops are presently taught in the picturesque city of Larissa,
Greece, Theodore has taught throughout Europe and workshops are available
Nine to twelve day courses are presently offered although shorter courses can also be made available. ( see page on Upcoming Courses for further information)
The techniques of painting are taught in a clear and concrete way enabling the students to easily apply what they have learnt once the workshop is completed. Great emphasis is placed on the student acquiring "hands-on"experience, in order to be able to comprehend and put into practice the techniques Byzantine icon painting requires.
If you can form a group of students, Theodore Papadopoulos can come and conduct the classes in your country of residence if you desire.
To schedule a workshop in your area or attend a workshop in Larissa.....please contact Theodore Papadopoulos for information and availability.
Accommodations are available to students from other parts of Greece andinternational students.
Byzantine iconography in general and the rules which govern it will be discussed to increase the understanding of the basic principles and the artistic philosophy of Orthodox iconography.
For example, in contrast to the religious painting of the Renaissance, reverse perspective is the main characteristic of Byzantine iconography. This difference and other principles will be discussed.
The study of painting the saint's garments offers a deep understanding of the artistic philosophy of Byzantine painting and what gives icons their unique characteristics.
The students will understand the various stages of garment painting, beginning with the laying down of the proplasmos, continuing to the first layer, and through all the stages, culminating with the final highlights.
This process will be demonstrated and explained to insure student's understanding of this technique. This knowledge will then be put into practice, always with guidance and appropriate help.
Painting of the face
Faces in Byzantine iconography are not painted to appear realistic. They are painted in such a way that the natural becomes pneumatic and the human becomes divine-human.
All the steps of painting the icon face will be taught with guidance and assistance to insure that these steps are easily put into practice by the students.
Water gilding workshops
These are separate workshops which take place on weekend. Two-day workshops are available. This course will teach students the technique of water gilding. This results in gold that is smooth and shiny as a mirror. In addition, decorating the halo by the beaten gold technique will be taught in this two-day workshop.
The participation cost is 230 euros. To see an example of this gilding click here video.
If the dates or this programm does not suit you, you can inform us about a program more suitable for your needs so that we can do what is best for you.
You can form a group of students and Theodore Papadopoulos can come and conduct the classes in your country of residence if you desire.
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