Introduction to Byzantine Icon Painting

Subject: Painting
Dates: 21 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: Eastside Educational Trust
Tutor: Hanna Ward
Full price
£ 385
Student concession
£ 310
OAP concession
£ 310

This course provides an introduction to all aspects of traditional Byzantine icon painting. The aim is to understand the history and meaning of icons and to gain the skills to be able to draw and paint them. Students will learn to paint with egg tempera, natural and semi-precious pigments and to use clay and gold leaf for gilding.

Students will also learn practical, basic geometry in order to be able to design and draw their own images. The emphasis will be on drawing, which is a key skill in icon painting. Students will be given a step-by-step guide through the various disciplines of this nearly 2000-year-old tradition. This will include drawing from the original design, the use of geometry, the use of clay and gold leaf for gilding the halo, learning to understand the symbolism and harmonious use of colours and painting with egg tempera.

Students will leave the course with an understanding of meaning as well as techniques behind this traditional art.

All students will work from the image of an icon of St John the Baptist. Please contact us beforehand if you wish to work on a different subject.

This course includes a visit to the British Museum to view icons on exhibit, including an icon of St John. Please note the schedule below.

What should I bring?

Please bring with you watercolour brushes, sizes 0, 1, 2 and 3 and an empty jam jar. You may also want to bring a notebook to take notes.

All other materials will be provided in the class.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What days do I attend?

Monday to Friday, 21 - 25 May

Monday: British Museum, 10:35 am. On arrival, please go to the King Edward Building Entrance on Montague Place (map) where your tutor and a uniformed memberof Museum staff will be there to welcome you. Please note that Museum staff may search your group’s bags when you enter, particularly at times of heightened security.

Tuesday - Friday: Eastside Educational Trust, 10:30-17:30 am

Where will this course take place?

From Tuesday  to  Friday, you will be in the studio at Eastside Educational Trust. Eastside is a short walk from Bank, Liverpool Street, Old Street, Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street stations.

For a detailed map and directions , please click here:

Tutor biography

Hanna Ward

Hanna Ward is a diploma iconographer. She has an MA in Traditional Arts from the School and has completed a four year Diploma Icon and Wall Painting course with Aidan Hart. Hanna has also studied for many years with various masters from Russia, Greece, France, Romania, UK and Finland. Hanna regularly paints commission pieces for churches and private collectors. She also lectures and teaches in the UK and in Finland and is a visiting tutor at the Icon School of Bethlehem in Palestine.

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