2012 ICON PAINTING WORKSHOPS
organizations are welcome to sponsor a workshop for beginners. Normally, the fee is $750 per
person plus $100 for supplies for a 5-days workshop, but special
group arrangements can be
made, which will result in a much lower fee.
Workshops can last 3 or 5 days.
The artist can travel to your location to teach the class. Special arrangements
should be made at least three months in advance. If you need to discuss the details,
contact the artist.
Please note that Vivian is one of the very few
iconographer in the United States who teaches
the Byzantine icon painting technique.
days. Each participant will create an
icon using the traditional Byzantine technique
of egg-tempera and 23K gold leaf. Student will practice
the oil gilding technique. The participants will be guided
towards discovery of the secrets of the ancient technique
of icon painting so that they will reach a more complete
understanding and appreciation of this art.
Previous experience is not required but any art
background can be very helpful. Students who have no
icon painting experience are advised to practice basic drawings skills
(recommended for all) and draw straight lines with a brush and the help of a
stick. Also, please visit the
to find a nice selection of books.
concentrate on the flesh parts, hair, garments and
background as well as color mixing, and basic drawing.
will do the same icon, with Vivian demonstrating
throughout the different stages of building up colors in
egg tempera on a previously prepared gessoed board. At the
end, everyone will leave with a finished icon.
participants should expect to spend five full days in
class starting at 9am and finish around 5:00pm. Detailed
workshop schedule will be mailed to registered students.
There are places
for ten participants.
The cost for the teaching is $750 plus $100 for supplies (gessoed
panel, set of pigments, brushes and four sheets of 23K
gold leaf. The participants are welcome to buy the
supplies themselves or if you are totally new to the world
of iconography, Vivian will gladly order the supplies for
you. Supply list and online resources will be provided upon