I guide students step by step through the stages of making an icon in egg tempera. Each time after demonstrating a stage to the class, I circulate to give one to one tuition. As we go along I explain the spiritual basis behind each stylistic aspect of the tradition. At least a month before the course students are sent a colour image of the icon we are to paint, and are asked to produce a drawing of it to bring to the course.What will students gain if they come on one of your courses?
Students should be able to complete most or all of the chosen icon. If beginners they will learn the essential processes of mixing and building up the paint layers; if more advanced, they will learn new techniques of modelling.Are there any particular techniques/processes you use in your teaching?
On the average I do at least three demonstrations a day, each lasting about 15 minutes, and thereafter spend one-to-one time with the students. Together we try to unearth the timeless principles that make masterpieces what they are.What inspires your own work?
My aim is to manifest in paint something of the beauty of the divine image in the human person. I also seek to discover the timeless principles that have produced the masterpieces of Byzantine, Russian and Romanesque iconography, and develop a contemporary expression of these in my own iconography.Where can students see examples of your work?
My website has many images. Also, on the “Biography” page there is a list of some my commissioned work and where it can be seen.
Where did you gain your training? Experience?
I did a BA in literature in New Zealand, and gained a Diploma in Education as a secondary school teacher. My training as an iconographer has come from many sources: analysing old icons seen on travels in Russia and while living in Greece for three years; researching the findings of icon conservators; books; discussions with other experienced iconographers.Teaching experience:
I have been teaching one-week icon courses at least twice a year for over 10 years. I am also a visiting tutor to Masters students at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London, and have lectured widely in places as the CambridgeUniversity International Summer Schools, Inscape, and the British Library.Is your work in any public or private collections?
Since 1980 Aidan has completed over 700 private and church commissions, in sculpture and fresco as well as in egg tempera. A small selection is listed below:
Books I am currently writing a book commissioned by Gracewing Publishers on the techniques of icon and wall painting. Articles and catalogues:Professional groups and societies:
The Society of Authors
Patron of the British Association of Iconographers