Introduction to Manuscript Illumination

Saturday, June 10, 10:30AM–3:00PM
$60 Members, $65 Nonmembers (Includes all materials and Museum admission for the day.) Registration required by May 26. Call 978.598.5000 x121. Registration fees are non-refundable.

This hands-on practicum begins with a historical overview of the art of manuscript illumination, followed by detailed instruction in the use of ornamental design, calligraphy, drafting, and gold leaf. Students will take home their own original illumination, a small watercolor set, and beginning drafting materials.
For ages 16+ with intermediate artistic skill and experience. Experience with manuscript illumination is not necessary. A 30-minute lunch break is included in the workshop schedule, though lunch is not provided.

Artist/Instructor Amy Fagin has been creating multi-layered, thematically inspired illuminations that celebrate life and human connections since 1985. She has taught illumination workshops around the world to students of all ages, from beginners to professional artists.

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.