SIX DAYS OF CREATION courses in icon painting provide intensive instruction in the art and language of the icon from the perspective of Orthodox Church tradition using the ancient technique of egg-tempera and palette of gold, semi-precious stones and refined clays. Iconographers Anna Gouriev and Marek Czarnecki lead students through the entire process, from preparing a gesso board to completion of an icon, including instruction on how to create pigments from natural clays and minerals, define the image with assiste gold lights, gild prescribed areas, calligraph inscriptions, and apply olifa varnishes.
Wood panel preparation
Adhearing linen to board with animal-hide glue
Making marble & chalk base artistís gesso
Selecting a prototype and making a drawing
Transferring drawing to the board
Egg-tempera medium preparation
Grinding natural pigments to make paint
Applying basecoat color (roskrish)
Lighting the figure
Applying highlight finishes
Applying assiste and gold leaf
Varnishing of the icon
Courses are limited to 25 students at one time. All three painting teachers
assist in classes of at least 15 persons.