Iconography Apprenticeship Year 2 & 3 Combined
Iconography Apprenticeship Year 2 & 3 Combined is for graduates of Year 2 and graduates of Year 1 that are in 10th grade or over. The focus will be on the turned face and bust figure, and students will complete an Icon of the Archangel Michael on a 12X16” board.
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.”
Students will work toward the goals of freehand-drawing a slightly-turned face on top of geometry and highlighting a slightly-turned face from memory, as well as the basic types of clothing highlights. Please see the respective syllabus for Year 2 or 3 for more details, as they will be tested on different skills, depending on the Level they are in.
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
Here’s what parents have to say about the Iconography Apprenticeship:
It is so much more than an art class. My daughter has been fascinated by the ‘historical art parameters’ within which the art is birthed: the use of egg yolk, rock pigment, champagne chalk, rabbit-skin glue! Making her own gesso board this past summer was like a field trip to a medieval monastery. It is a slow, intricate and meticulous (in the best sense) form of art that teaches the virtue of patience and fosters spiritual ‘breathing’; both the media and the intricate processes give space for the contemplation of the subject matter, which is probably the highest goal of any art, but in this case, of the highest art.
In short, that which she works on is, we are witnessing, slowly being worked into her.
Scott, parent of a 12-year-old Apprentice
My son told me after his first class…”I think I found my thing, Mom”. He is 13 and has wanted to be a Roman Catholic Priest since he was 3 years old. Who knows what this will do for his future? Mrs. Sider-Rose is such a patient and encouraging mentor and teacher. She has helped my son to view icons in a more spiritual manner and to pull out the theology in the images. His faith is enriched by the depth of the theology woven into the classes and the process of writing the icons. He is a more virtuous child because of the Iconography classes.
Jessica, parent of a 13-year-old Apprentice
● 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, reading, or practicing on Quizlet.
● The Apprenticeship Year 3 requires a few additional supplies in addition to what was purchased for Years 1 and 2, including a book. Please see the “Course Materials.”
● Each student will complete a Spring Project.
● Students must have completed the preceding Year of the Apprenticeship (either Year 2 or Year 1, depending) and be entering 10th grade.
● The Summer Board Building workshop is recommended before Year 2 and strictly required before Year 3.
● There will be no exceptions to the grade and age thresholds. Students who have been promoted but are unable to work the Apprenticeship into their schedule are invited to consider taking the Iconography Workshops until they can resume the Apprenticeship.
The student who is able to meet the measurable goals of Iconography Apprenticeship Year 3 with its focus on the bust figure, can look forward to a sequence of classes in the Apprenticeship Program, each of which will build on the foundation of the year before. In brief, the levels are:
Iconography III-IV The Bust Figure
Iconography IV The Bust Figure, continued, including the geometry of the bust, clothing highlighting, and more sophisticated gilding techniques, designing an icon of a lesser-known saint or when we have photographs of the canonized saint.
Iconography V-VI-Turned and Standing Figures
Iconography V-VI-Turned and Standing Figures, including the geometry of standing figures as well as the geometry, landscape, and other aspects of festal icons.
*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.
For more information about Mrs. Sider-Rose’s process, please visit her website at www.immanuelicons.org.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they 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.
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 an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
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.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
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.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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