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Six-Day Byzantine Icon Painting Workshop with Master Iconographer Theodoros Papadopoulos

Monday, July 10 – Saturday, July 15, 2023, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Members $800, Nonmembers $875
Registration required by Monday, June 26.
Limited to 20 students, all materials provided.

Join us for this six-day intensive course where students will be captivated by the art of the Byzantine painting technique. During the course, students will write (paint) the icon of the Virgin Mary holding Christ. Master iconographer and expert instructor, Theodoros Papadopoulos, will guide students step by step through the ancient techniques of Byzantine Iconography.

Let us journey together, discovering anew, this traditional artistic expression of theology and spirituality, often called the “meeting place of the Divine”. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced artist, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn or refine your techniques in this sacred art. The techniques of painting will be taught in a clear and concrete way enabling the students to follow the instructor and create a beautiful icon.

The course focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. The goal is for students to understand and learn the artistic practices as well as the philosophy of Orthodox Iconography. The coursework is divided into individual steps; the instructor explains the principles and then demonstrates each phase in detail, answering all questions. Through the process of demonstrations, the stages as well as the whole method of painting an icon will be presented. The students will then put into practice these skills under the guidance of the instructor. From the very beginning to the completion of the course, every student will work on his or her painting with assistance from the instructor. The size of the icon is 13.50X10 inches.

Theodoros Papadopoulos lives in Larissa, Greece. His artistic studies began when he studied drawing at the Municipal School of Fine Arts of Larissa, in 1987. His fascination with iconography began with his first visit to the Holy Mountain Athos. Learning that iconography as an art form differs from all other art forms, he was drawn to iconography and its related philosophy. Theodoros’ studies necessitated return visits to Mt. Athos in order to refine his technique and understanding of painting Byzantine icons and murals, specifically the Protaton murals. Studying in Athens also facilitated his artistic progress in this field. Theodoros is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, the International Association of Art, and the Greek Iconographers Association.

Cancellation Policy: Please read the following policy carefully before registering. In order to keep tuition prices as low as possible and to accommodate the maximum number of students, no exceptions to this policy will be made. Cancellations must be submitted in writing (via email or mail); cancellations by phone are not accepted.
Upon receipt of written cancellation, registration fees may be refunded per the following schedule:
On or before May 1, 2023: 50% of tuition refunded
After May 1, 2023: No refunds will be offered for any reason.
Please note: We are not able to offer partial refunds, transfers, or credits for students who do not attend the full course.