This five-day course explores all of the ancient techniques used to gild and paint a Byzantine panel icon. Using these two beautiful Cretan style icons as your starting point, you will learn all of the traditional techniques used by the early medieval Byzantine master craftsmen. This includes water gilding, laying and burnishing 24-carat gold over a clay base, and then learning how to make and use tempera paint from free-range egg yolks and authentic semi-precious mineral pigments.
This course will introduce you to the 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, e.g. petit lac (puddling), and dry brush modelling.
To enable you 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 that during the class you will be able to concentrate on gilding and painting. Demonstrations will be given at each stage of the process throughout the week, giving ample one-to-one tuition between demonstrations.
Day 1: Briefly describe the 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)