Iconography Apprenticeship Year 2
Term: Yearlong 2021–22, September 7–May 27
Target Grade Level: 8th–12th
Schedule: 1x / week, 90 min.
Section 1 (Grades 8-12): W 3:00 p.m. ET with Randi Sider-Rose
Section 2 (Adults): T 4:15 p.m. ET with Randi Sider-Rose
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Iconography Apprenticeship Year 2 of the 6-year Apprenticeship Program. The Year 2 focus will be on The Face, Turned, and students will complete an Icon of Mary with the Christ Child (Hodigitria type). As with the Workshops, the students in the Apprenticeship Program approach icons as a “prayer of the hands” and use the traditional media of egg tempera and gold leaf and, starting this year, hand-gessoed traditional boards. Students who take this course receive instruction in both the theology of iconography (sometimes called icon writing to stress the kinship with theology) and the artistic practices intrinsic to traditional iconography.
The Apprenticeship is “skills-based,” meaning we will do plenty of preliminary exercises to internalize the skills before applying paint to the board. Since iconography is a living tradition, students will learn about the dynamic relationship between using historic models and understanding for themselves the aesthetic principles of iconography. Therefore students must gain an understanding of color, composition, the iconographic “style” as it manifests in facial features, etc., and how to “draw on the right side of the brain.”
Parents who have school-aged students in this class are invited to be as involved as they are able, including helping their student with the materials, even extending to working alongside their student if they wish. If a parent wishes to actually be a student themselves, including having a webcam pointing at their work, submitting assignments, and receiving feedback, they are invited to sign up for the Iconography Apprenticeship Adults-only section. (Non-parent adults are also welcome in the Adults-only section.)
Apprenticeship Year 2 Students in Iconography II will work toward the demonstrable goals of freehand-drawing a slightly-turned face on top of geometry and highlight a slightly-turned face from memory. Additionally, students will begin to learn new types of sankir (base skin and hair color) and how that affects highlight colors, as well as identifying and describing different types of Theotokos and Christ icons. The 10-session Iconography Workshops are not prerequisites but can be taken in advance of or alongside the Apprenticeship Program.
If you are intrigued but unsure about the prospect of beginning iconography before adulthood, please see Mrs. Sider-Rose’s article, “The Holy Practice of Iconography: Why Start Young” (scroll to page 8). For more information about Mrs. Sider-Rose’s studio and approach to iconography, please visit her website: www.immanuelicons.org
In addition to weekly classes, students should expect about 60-90 of homework between classes. This homework may include a continuation of the painting begun in class or a small amount of reading, as well as sketchbook assignments.
- Students must have completed the Apprenticeship Level 1 Program and have been approved by the teacher for promotion to Level II.
Iconography Apprenticeship Scope and Sequence
The student who is able to meet the measurable goals of Iconography Year II: Turned Faces can look forward to continuing the sequence of classes in the Apprenticeship Program, each of which will build on the foundation of the year before. In brief, the upcoming years are:
Iconography III-IV The Bust Figure
Iconography V-VI-Turned and Standing Figures
- Dry Pigments and Gold Leaf from Sinopia
- Traditional, hand-gessoed board with proportion 3:4 (or taller) such as 18X24.” If you take the Iconography Board Building class in August, you can omit this purchase. The board can be flat-topped or arch-topped, with or without raised borders. It can be from any source, as long as it is traditionally-prepared for egg tempera.
- Oil size if you need more or yours has dried out. Any amount and from any source, but it must be “Dux” brand.
- Art Supplies from any source, including dickblick.com
- Household & Hardware Supplies: In addition to the household supplies that students are used to gathering (paper towel, water, egg), students will need Dawn brand Dish soap to clean their brushes after the different stages of gilding, as well as Shellac (clear) for gilding traditional boards. The smallest amount possible is fine.
- Course Texts: We will continue to use Divine Images and Tracing the Icon and material provided by the teacher, so there will not be any need for additional texts.
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Randi Maria Sider-Rose began painting icons over 20 years ago, when she received a grant to travel to learn from different teachers and studios. Since then, she has married Michael Sider-Rose, completed an MDiv, and begun homeschooling her 4 children. Though she spends most of her studio time on commissions for churches and individuals, Mrs. Sider-Rose also has a real passion for teaching iconography to all ages and loves to walk with students on the journey of learning to see better and more intentionally, using this “prayer of the hands” to grow in holiness, with God’s grace. Mrs. Sider-Rose and her family attend St. Moses the Black Orthodox Mission Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has been blessed by His Grace Bishop Thomas to serve in the ministry of iconography. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Mrs. Sider-Rose’s process, please visit her website at www.immanuelicons.org.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Two Webcams: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer for your first webcam. The second webcam must be able to be pointed downward at your painting work surface so the teacher can observe your work.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- Students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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