CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Temari Classes

3-Day Workshop
Tuesday, February 20 through Thursday, February 22

Kids ages 10-14: , 10:30am-12:00pm each day
Teen 15+ and adults: 1:30-3:00pm each day

$45 Members, $50 Nonmembers for 3 class sessions, plus $7 for supplies payable directly to the instructor. Each class is limited to 6 students.

Advance registration required by February 16. Call 978.598.5000 x121.

A thousand-year-old art from Japan, temari (“handball”) were originally made as simple toys. As the functional stitching became more decorative, these intricately embroidered balls developed into an art form. Temari are cherished gifts, symbolizing friendship and loyalty. They can be used as ornaments, as part of a centerpiece, or displayed on their own as an elegant decoration.

Instructor Terri Whitney has been making temari since 1999, and is pursuing her Level 4 Certification as a Japan Temari Sensei and Creator from the Japan Temari Association. She helps her students use the repetitive wrapping and stitching involved in creating temari to develop a state of mindfulness. She also incorporates the history, math, sociology, and geometry of the temari tradition into her classes.

No hand-stitching experience is required for this class. Those who practice other types of needlework will enjoy exploring the non-linear stitching patterns in this unique style.

Note: These are three-session classes; participants are expected to attend all three. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Pysanky Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshops

Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10
Members $45, Nonmembers $50, includes Museum admission.
Advance registration required at 978.598.5000 x121 by March 3. Registration fees are non-refundable.

The delicate art of pysanky is an ancient Slavic tradition, and Easter-time classes with skilled pysanky artists and gifted teachers Karen Brouillette and Susan Dow have become a Museum tradition.

Beginner-Level Pysanky
Friday, March 9, 9:30am–1:00pm
OR Saturday, March 10, 9:30am–1:00pm
Open to adults and children ages 12 and up; ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Traditional pysanky eggs are decorated using beeswax and dyes that are applied in layers. Each participant will create a unique and beautiful egg in this hands-on workshop.

Etched Pysanky
Friday, March 9, 2:00–5:30pm
Members $45, Nonmembers $50, includes Museum admission. Open to adults only. No previous experience is necessary.
In etched pysanky, wax designs are applied to the egg in the traditional manner; the egg is then dipped in a chemical bath that “eats away” the shell not covered in wax, leaving an etched finish. The results are amazing!

Advanced Pysanky
Saturday, March 10, 2:00–5:30pm
Members $45, Nonmembers $50, includes Museum admission
This class is open to adults only.
Open to adults who have taken at least one previous pysanky class with Karen Brouillette and/or Sue Dow. This class is designed for students who would like to explore the art at a more independent level.

2018 Prosopon School of Iconography

Monday, August 6 to Saturday, August 11, 2018, 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Museum 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.