An introduction to painting and gilding a traditional Byzantine Icon. Water gild backgrounds and halos with real gold leaf over a red clay base. Make and use egg tempera paint using genuine medieval mineral pigments.
This course will introduce you to techniques of egg tempera icon painting and the plan is to complete a small Byzantine style icon.
Techniques covered include basic principles of design; water gilding; correct mixing of egg yolk and pigment; the various ways of applying egg tempera eg. petit lac (puddling), and dry brush modelling.
To allow us to go into some depth you will work from a small range of reproductions of traditional Byzantine icons which you can trace and transfer onto the gessoed panel provided. This means in the class you can concentrate on gilding and painting. Demonstrations are given at each stage of the process throughout the week, giving ample one-to-one tuition between demonstrations.
Day 1: Briefly describe process; discuss principles of design; transfer images to gesso board; water gild halo/background.
Day 2: Build up first modelling layers.
Day 3: More of above.
Day 4: Begin to model faces.
Day 5: Complete face; paint background, halo, and lettering.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Suppliers: L. Cornelissen and Son Ltd. AP Fitzpatrick