Fall 2020 – 16 Week Iconography Program

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  • Two Separate Sections: Beginners & Intermediate Students
  • October 26, 2020 to March 15, 2021
  • Monday Evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Price: $425 (+$50 Pigment Kit for Beginning Students only) includes $50 nonrefundable administration fee
  • Location is TBA

Beginning Iconography

Beginning iconography students will write the image of the Holy Face, which is the first image one should write when learning iconography. Students will learn how to prepare the icon board, transfer the image, gild the halo, and paint in the traditional method of egg tempera with dry mineral pigments.

The Mandylion, or Holy Face,
also called “The Image Not
Made by Human Hands”

The story behind this icon is that King Abgar of Edessa invited Jesus to his kingdom as he was suffering from leprosy and heard about the healing of the sick without medicine or herbs.  King Abgar declared that Jesus was either God, or the son of God to perform these miracles.

Jesus was unable to come, but reportedly wrote, “Blessed are you who hast believed in me without having seen me. For it is written concerning me, that they who have seen me will not believe in me, and that they who have not seen me will believe and be saved.” Then he sent disciple Thaddeus of Edessa, one of the 70, to deliver a cloth on which Jesus wiped and imprinted His image.  Upon receipt of this cloth, King Abgar’s condition improved and with further healing and teaching of Thaddeus of Edessa, he was fully restored and converted to Christianity. 

Intermediate Iconography

Intermediate students will write the image of St. Cecilia. Intermediate and Advanced students will work together with modifications to the icon, based on skill level. Skills to be acquired include, drawing/painting/highlighting fabric folds in the maphorian, undergarment and outergarment, drawing/painting hands, a musical instrument and background diapering.

St. Cecilia

Saint Cecelia is the patron saint of composers, makers of musical instruments and poets. Cecilia was the daughter of a Roman family, but secretly a Christian. She had an arranged marriage to a pagan and it is said that on her wedding day, as the instruments were being played, she sang in her heart to God alone. After her marriage, she convinced her husband to convert and when he was found out, he was executed. When the Romans tried to execute her in her own home, it took 3 days for her to die. Her home became one of the first Christian churches.