Spring Iconography Workshop: Christ the Good Shepherd (Adults)
Term: Spring Semester 2022, 10 sessions starting February 7, 2022
Target Grade Level: Adults
Schedule: 1x / week, 90 min.
Section 1: Th 8:00 p.m. ET with Randi Sider-Rose
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In the Iconography Workshop, students will complete an icon in the traditional medium of egg tempera, gaining a foundation in the spirituality and artistic practices needed to continue in iconography, if desired. 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. For students interested in a class with greater commitment, consider the Iconography Apprenticeship, which can be taken alongside any 10-sesion Workshop such as this one.
Each lesson will start with prayer, followed by a brief discussion and a warm-up technique exercise. The bulk of the class will be spent painting the icon, and in the process students will learn to “temper” the dry pigments with egg and apply the paint in each of the many stages of building up an iconographic face. 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 composition, the iconographic “style” as it manifests in facial features, etc., and how to “draw on the right side of the brain.” All of these tasks will be broken down into small, structured steps and are manageable for people of all ages and abilities.
- No prior artistic experience is expected or required, but fine motor skills and an ability to follow directions are important.
- This class requires students to have two webcams and to purchase various art materials and gather household materials. (Please see the Course Materials tab on the website or below for details.)
- Because we will need all 10 sessions for painting this complex icon, a video will be sent out ahead of time that will guide you through pre-mixing some important dry pigment colors, making homemade transfer paper, and making egg emulsion. This must be completed before the first day of class.
- In order to stay on schedule and for students to get the most out of the course, students will be assigned c. 60 minutes of homework after each class. The straightforward assignments will be a repeat or completion of what was done in class.
- Most importantly, before each live class session, students must set up their workspace with all their materials, including the ones from home (water jar, paper towels, etc.).
- Classes at Saint Raphael are meant to be taken live, so students should do their best to attend every session. In extenuating circumstances, you can ask for a recording. It will be messaged to you by the instructor by the morning following class.
- 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
- 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)
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Second Webcam and Flexible Arm: Students must purchase a second webcam to point at their workspace so the instructor can observe them as they work. The webcam built into the computer functions as the first webcam.
- Drafting kit: purchase here. (You may also purchase the individual items: triangle, compass, spacer, and ruler, from other sources and in larger sizes, if you choose.)
- Dry Pigments from Sinopia: purchase here.
- Painting Supplies from Blick:
- #4 Princeton round
- #2 Princeton liner
- 12X16” Cradled Ampersand Claybord Note: Ampersand Claybord is the budget option, but you are welcome to purchase a 13X17” (so slightly-larger) hand-gessoed board, with or without an arched top, or make your own in the Summer Board-Building Workshop.
- Plastic palette, 10-well w/cover. (You are welcome to substitute in a porcelain palette, but this is the budget option.)
- Pack of 8 storage containers
- Colored pencils:
- Toned pad of paper
- Dropper and bottle for storing and dispersing the egg emulsion
- Household Supplies: At least two weeks before the course begins, the instructor will send a welcome letter that includes a list of the things that students will need to gather from around the house (paper towels, jar for water, egg, etc.). There will be a variety of preparatory tasks, including watching the preparatory video and setting up the webcam.
*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.
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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