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Two-Day Ethiopian Icon Workshop

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25 & 26, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Members $350, Nonmembers $400, includes all materials. Please bring a lunch.
Pre-paid registration is required by July 21. Call 978.598.5000 x121.

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.