Iconography Apprenticeship Year 2

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Iconography Apprenticeship Year 2 is the second of the 6-year Apprenticeship Program. The Year 2 focus will be on the turned face, and students will complete an Icon of the Archangel Michael on a 12X16” board. 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

Apprenticeship Year 2 Students will work toward the demonstrable goals of freehand-drawing a slightly-turned face on top of geometry and highlighting 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. This year we will dive deeper into the theology of icons, including imagery related to all the Archangels. These skills will be assessed in a final one-on-one oral exam with the instructor.

For more information about Mrs. Sider-Rose’s studio and approach to iconography, please visit her website:  www.immanuelicons.org

Enrollment Restrictions:

  • Students must have completed the Apprenticeship Level 1 Program and have been approved by the teacher for promotion to Level II.

Student Expectations:

● In addition to weekly classes, students should expect about 60-90 minutes of homework between classes. This homework may include a continuation of the painting as well as the discipline of sketchbook assignments.
● The Apprenticeship Year 2 requires a few additional supplies in addition to what was purchased for Year 1. Please see the “Course Materials.”
● The instructor will provide readings to Section 1; Section 2 and 3 will be assigned a book to read this year (See Course Materials).
● Students will practice some of the information learned in class on the platform “Quizlet.”
● Each student will complete a larger artistic project in the Spring.

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



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Overview Video

  1. Overview of all the classes (0.00)
    • The classes as listed on the St. Raphael website
    • The difference between the Workshops, the Apprenticeships, and the Summer Camp
  2. Description of the different offerings in more detail (2:32)
    • World Iconography Camp, (2:35)
    • Apprenticeship (9:00)
    • Age requirements for all the classes, including Workshops (11:40)
  3. Summer Board Building Workshop (12:27)

Please e-mail the instructor if you have any questions about the right class for you or your student: rsiderrose.raphaelschool@gmail.com

Required Materials*

Please see course materials here.

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Randi Maria Sider-Rose began painting icons over 20 years ago when she was able to travel to learn from different iconography teachers across the country. Since then, she has married Michael Sider-Rose and completed an MDiv at the University of Chicago Divinity School. As well as taking commissions from churches and individuals, Mrs. Sider-Rose 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. Homeschooling her four children in an urban fixer-upper strewn with books, art projects, and Legos helps keep the whole operation real.

Mrs. Sider-Rose and her family attend Saint 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: rsiderrose.raphaelschool@gmail.com

For more information about Mrs. Sider-Rose’s process, please visit her website at www.immanuelicons.org.



Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be a much better solution, as such devices enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

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Red checkmarkTwo 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.

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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.

Red checkmarkZoom: 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. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:


  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. Students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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