Russo-Byzantine Icon Painting

Subject: Painting
Dates: 20 August 2018 - 24 August 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: Totnes, Devon
Tutor: Dr Irina Bradley
Full price

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£ 350

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This course will take students through the process of creating an icon in Russo-Byzantine style in liquid tempera technique, which involves the use of natural earth and mineral pigments. Students will be introduced to gilding with genuine 23 ½ carat gold leaf and painting with shell gold. The aim is for students to complete an icon by the end of the course. 

Please note that the exact  figure to be painted will be specified shortly.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for beginners and experienced iconographers. Returning students may join the course to work either on this or on other icons.

What should I bring?

You will need to bring two brushes with you to class. The tutor recommends L. Cornelissen and Son, Kolinsky Red Sable series 80A, sizes 000 and 3. You can order online, or pop into the Cornelissen shop.

Where will this course take place? 

This course will take place in the studio/home of artist Juliette Rich  at Hillcrest, Staple, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6HR

Driving directions to the studio:

From the A38, take the exit for Buckfastleigh & Totnes onto the A384. The road follows the River Dart, crosses it at Riverford Bridge and continues past The South Devon Steiner School (on the right) and up the hill (past a left turn to Staverton) and down into Dartington. Carry on straight past the Church (on your left) and straight through the roundabout at Dartington Primary School.

Shortly afterward, from the next 'Shops at Dartington' roundabout, go straight over and up Cott Rd and take the first left up Staple Hill. There is limited parking at the top of the hill beside a little green or in Juliette’s drive, which is on the right, just beyond the tall wooden gates of the thatched ‘Crest Cottage’. There’s a sign for Hillcrest at the top of the drive and just walk down the driveway to the blue front door of Juliette’s lovely thatched home.

From Totnes, either take the main road to the Shops at Dartington and continue as above or turn off the A381/Western Bye-pass onto Barracks Hill. Keep going straight on (past the left turn to Sawpit Lane & right turn to Clay Lane on the mini roundabout) until you come to Cott Road and carry on along until the final right turn onto Staple Hill just before the roundabout by the shops at Dartington. Then continue as above.

As the studio is in Juliette's home, she kindly requests that you remove your shoes indoors.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs. The reduced fee is £310.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

This course is made possible with the support of Living Spirit.

Tutor biography

Dr Irina Bradley

Dr Irina Bradley is an alumna of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London where she was awarded a PhD for her thesis Spiritual Striving in Icon Painting with a focus on the image of St George and the dragon. Irina is an iconographer who follows the traditional way of icon painting which is regarded as a contemplative practice.

Irina is a visiting tutor for icon painting at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, where she teaches at MA level. Irina’s work is in churches, places of private worship and collections worldwide. Irina has exhibited at several international exhibitions and has presented her research and icons at Christ Church, Oxford, the Temenos Academy, Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels and the V&A.

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