Russo-Byzantine Icon Painting

Subject: Painting
Dates: 3 June 2019 - 7 June 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Irina Bradley
Full price
£ 385

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. 

On this course, students will paint the same subject, which will be specified closer to the start date of the course. If you wish to work on a different image, please contact us to discuss the feasibility with your tutor.

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 wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy.

Avoid wearing:

  • Baggy clothing (especially sleeves)
  • Loose jewellery
  • Short sleeve t-shirts (when there is a chance of contact with hazardous materials)
  • High heels or open toed shoes
  • Health & Safety

    When mixing pigments:

  • Wear the dusk mask provided by the tutor
  • These masks are disposable masks and are intended to be used for a day at most
  • Wear disposable nitrile gloves should be worn
  • Tutors and students must wash their hands and forearms regularly to avoid cross contamination ie. after mixing pigments before eating, drinking, smoking, using the telephone or going to the toilet.
  • Food and drink must never be consumed in the basement workshop or studios.

    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.

    What days do I attend?

    Monday - Friday

    Do you offer concessions?

    Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

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

    By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

    What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

    You can view our policy here.

    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.