Saint John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Churchemail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $140 total for each participant
(painting supplies included in total cost)
Instructor: Father Elias Rafaj
Saint John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church is sponsoring an Icon-Writing (painting) Workshop at any level of experience, for adults and accompanied children over 10, on Thursday, Mar. 20, through Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014. The workshop will be led by Very Rev. Father Elias Rafaj, pastor of St. John Chrysostom Church and iconographer. Fr. Elias has been writing icons for over 20 years and teaching the Theology of Icons.
This workshop theme will be “Faces: Jesus Christ and the Mother of God.” There will be a two icons to choose from both focused on faces/heads. One of "Christ the Teacher" and the other "Virgin and Child". Fr. Elias will guide the participants step by step in the process of tracing the proto-type and painting the face, features, hair and clothing as well as the application of 23 kt gold. Those attending the Workshop will write one icon on a gessoed pre-prepared 9 by 12 inch board. If desired, other boards are available for purchase. The theology of the icons will be woven into the class time.
The class will meet Thursday to Saturday from 9:30 am – 6:30 pm and Sunday from 1:30 pm to 7:00 p.m. There is the opportunity to attend Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10:00am or 12noon. 2 days of work should be adequate in the completion of the icon, so attendance all days is not required. The cost of $140 ($70 for accompanied children 10 - 18 – the accompanying adult MUST attend the workshop) will cover all supplies: one gessoed board, acrylic paints, brushes, gold leaf and miscellaneous supplies. Refreshments and coffee/tea will be available.
Pre-registration is necessary.
Registration closes on Dec. 16, 2014.
Space is limited.
Please contact Fr. Elias at: email@example.com or 713-256-8953 or
713-681-3580 if you have any questions.
Participants do not need any previous art experience or experience in iconography. Participants will be taught the techniques used in the ancient art of icon painting/writing, from transferring the drawing onto the icon board (at the beginning of the process) to applying the gold leaf (at the end of the process). Acrylic paints will be used in this Workshop for the making of the icons. The symbolism, meaning, and religious uses of icons in church (public religious services) and in the home (private devotions) will be explained during the course of the Workshop. Fr. Elias will also explain the various techniques used by iconographers through past centuries. Each participant will have completed one icon, which will be blessed in an icon-blessing rite.