Icon writing workshop with Master Instructor and Iconographer
Deacon Nikita Andrejev of the Prosopon School of Iconography
We are thrilled and honored to invite Prosopon School Instructor and Master Iconographer, Deacon Nikita Andrejev, who will come and teach a 6-day icon writing workshop at our studio.
Deacon Nikita Andrejev was born in 1974 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 1979, he and his parents left the Soviet Union, eventually settling in the United States. From his youth, Nikita has worked as an apprentice, assistant, and interpreter for his father, the iconographer Vladislav Andrejev, founder of the Prosopon School of Iconology. From his father he learned the technique of Russian Byzantine icon painting in the liquid egg tempera method, as well as fundamental insights into the theology of the Orthodox icon and the Christian world-view. He was able to supplement this training through studies and travel. Nikita holds a BA in Classics from Yale University, a licentiate in theology from Saint Sergius Orthodox Institute, Paris (France), and a masters degree in theology from Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY (USA). Nikita gained experience as an instructor of iconography and has been teaching this sacred art since 20 years.
Course content and techniques
The course is designed for both first-time and repeating students. In the Prosopon School method, all of the steps of the creation of the icon will be shown in an easy-to-follow, step by step method (excluding board preparation). The unique “floating” (plav’) method of liquid egg tempera with ground pigments will be taught, as well as bole-method gilding. Concurrently, talks and explanations will be given regarding the background and meaning of traditional Christian Byzantine art, and the spirituality of both the icons and the painting process will be explored. The courses are envisioned as an opportunity to experience icon painting as a centering discipline, like in ancient times.
This year, the subject of the course will be the famous, beloved, and miracle-working icon of the Mother of God Vladimirskaia ("from Vladimir," an important ancient medieval town in Russia). This is a Byzantine icon of the “Eleousa” type, where the Holy Mother and the Divine Christ-Child are shown in a close, tender relationship to each other. This particular icon, though, is rendered more complex by the sober gaze of Mary at the viewer. The subject will allow for a good introduction for beginners because of the large face of the Mother of God. Advancing students will have a chance to deepen their understanding of the fine points of modelling with light. Additionally, the technique of applying golden hatching (assiste) to the garment of Christ will be taught.
Students will be acquainted with the following :
As in antiquity, natural materials are used. The iconographic method is characterized by a multi-step process in which the succession of steps is concrete and definite, like in the liturgical services of the Church.
Students will be introduced to both the practical and the theoretical part of the ancient tradition:
icon by Nikita Andrejev
Who can apply
This workshop is open to all levels.
The technique taught at the Prosopon School does not hold the preparation of professional icon-writers as its foremost goal (although such a possibility is not excluded) and does not require participants to have previous artistic training. The main benefit of study is rather seen to be the discovery of the world of one's inner life through the specific discipline of this ancient sacred art. During the intensive forty-hour course, participants will complete one icon.
Instructor: Nikita Andrejev
Dates: April 12th to April 17th, 2021
Duration: 6 days, 42 hours of class (7 hours per day)
Location: Atelier Nadai , 8 rue François Arago, 47000 Agen, France
Tuition: 1080 euros net (our classes are exempted of VAT)
- Nikita's live instructions
- all materials and tools
- wooden board specially prepared for icon painting
- cofee, tea and biscuits during breaks
The materials provided by Atelier Nadaï include:
For more information and to receive course brochure please send us an email.