April 6, 2020
$350 + 50 materials
Make time and space for yourself; let go of tension, thoughts, distractions for a day, and settle your mind and emotions by painting a sacred image.
I invite you to spend this time re-connecting with deeper parts of yourself in the creative process, while learning the ancient art of egg tempera painting.
While the word “icon” means “image” in Greek, an icon is more a symbol that speaks directly through our senses and produces certain responses within.
The uniqueness of this course is that the process of looking at and painting sacred images attempts to calm the mind, still emotions and evoke a meditative state.
The technical part of the course will cover the basic techniques of icon painting:
– Mixing egg yolk emulsion
– application of gold leaf,
– the “little lake” and brushstroke techniques,
– transparent layering,
– varnishing the completed icon.
You will receive personal instruction and demonstration for each stage of painting (the group is small, maximum 6 participants)
You will be provided with a prepared panel, a set of brushes, a palette and all the other materials necessary to complete an icon.
No previous experience required. This course is suitable for beginners and experienced artists.
At the end of the course you will take home a completed icon of Mary and Jesus.
About this icon
It is a special workshop, dedicated to the approaching holiday of Easter.
“Weep Not For Me Mother” icon is from a group of related icons that are associated with the liturgical text of the Holy Week.
It portrays the Theotokos who is weeping for her Son during his burial. However, this image does not only speak of suffering and sorrows. The name of the icon Weep Not For Me, O Mother is a quote from the heirmos of Ode 9 of the Canon of Holy Saturday (celebrated as the day after the crucifixion): “Weep not for me, Mother, seeing in the tomb the son, conceived without seed in the womb, For I shall arise and be glorified, as God I shall exalt with glory unceasing those who with faith and love magnify you.” The Western European (Roman Catholic) equivalent of the “Weep Not for Me, Mother” is the Pietà.
Date, time, place:
5 sessions, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm
Location: 100 Braid St. Studios & Gallery
200-100 Braid St, New Westminster, BC