2-Day Ethiopian Icon Workshop with Christopher Gosey

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25 & 26, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
$350 for Museum members, $400 for non-members, includes all materials. Please bring your own lunch each day. Limited to 10 participants. Pre-paid registration is required by July 21.

While Russian iconography is grounded in the Byzantine (Greek) iconographic tradition, Ethiopian iconography is more strongly Byzantine in flavor, and is also influenced by other forms of Western religious art. Christopher Gosey, founder of Holy Images icon studio, has been writing icons since 1990, and has extensive experience in Russian, Byzantine and Ethiopian styles.
Mr. Gosey practices the Gondarine style of Ethiopian iconography, which is characterized by sharply modeled faces, bright, exotic and richly patterned clothing, and bold, loose, black outlines. The paint palette consists mainly of red cinnabar, yellow orpiment, charcoal black, white gypseous chalk, and indigo blue. The traditional medium of this palette is an animal based protein, either casein or egg.
This hands-on workshop will cover the theology, purpose and spiritual meaning of Ethiopian and Eastern Orthodox icons; the spiritual preparations for painting an icon; and techniques used in the Ethiopian tradition. Each student will complete their own 7”x 9” icon of “Christ the Suffering Servant,” a classic Gondarine representation.

2017 Prosopon School of Iconography

Monday, August 7 to Saturday, August 12
Tuition: Members $900, Nonmembers $995

Vladislav Andrejev has been teaching iconography since 1985, during which time thousands of his students have been introduced to the ancient art of icon writing. Over the years, Vladislav’s iconographic technique and teaching method developed into a distinct school of painting and interpretation. The Museum of Russian Icons is hosting the renowned Prosopon School of Iconology for an intensive six­ day course on icon writing. Working with Prosopon faculty, participants will study the techniques of painting icons, including transferring of the image, applying the gold leaf, and the use of egg tempera paint. Students will use natural materials and the traditional multi­step process to paint their own icons of Archangel Michael. Previous students can make special arrangements with the instructor to paint another subject for their icon workshop. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to iconology, iconic symbolism, and the theological and philosophical basis of each step. No previous artistic experience is required. The course takes place in the Museum’s Auditorium.

Please note that formal instruction ends each day at 4:00 PM, but students may need to spend additional time in the evenings to complete the lesson and be prepared for the next day. The Museum will open each day at 8:30 am and close to students at 5:00 PM sharp.

The tuition includes 36 hours of instruction over six days, and includes all materials including the board, pigments, and gold leaf. 50% deposit is required to reserve your space. To register please call 978.598.5000 x121.

Download a pdf of the course description and policies here.