June 25 - July 1, 2015
Join us on this six-day intensive course where we
will immerse ourselves in the painting techniques of Byzantium. The
subject of the icon of "Jesus Christ" will come alive before you as the
instructor, Theodore Papadopoulos, guides you, step by step, through the
ancient techniques of Byzantine Iconography. Let us journey together to
discover new secrets in this traditional artistic expression of
theology and spirituality, in this meeting place of the Divine. Whether
you are a beginner or a professional, this workshop offers an
opportunity to learn and/or refine your techniques in this sacred art.
course focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. Our goal is for
students to understand and learn the artistic practices as well as the
philosophy of Orthodox Iconography. The coursework is divided into
individual steps; the instructor explains the principles and then
demonstrates each phase in detail, answering all questions. Through the
process of demonstrations the stages as well the whole method of
painting an icon will be presented. The students will then put into
practice these skills under the guidance of the instructor Theodore
The techniques of painting will be taught in a clear
and concrete way enabling the students to apply what they have learnt
once the workshop is completed. Great emphasis is placed on the student
acquiring "hands-on"experience, in order to be able to comprehend and
put into practice the techniques Byzantine icon painting requires. From
the very beginning to the completion of the course, every student will
work on his or her painting with assistance by the instructor.
The courses will be in daily basis from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
An introduction to Byzantine
iconography and its characteristics so that students understand the
principles of this art.
begin the painting of the icon of “Jesus Christ Pantocrator”, starting
with drawing the icon on a prepared board. We make the colors of the
face and garments. Next, local colors within the painting are applied to
the panel. At the end of the day We'll begin the painting of the
We continue with the painting
of the garments. Students will learn the process from the first layers
to the final highlights in a very clear and understandable way.
We continue working on the garments. At the end of the day we will have completed the painting of the garments.
We have completed the painting of the garments, and we start the painting of the face, applying the first layers of the face.
We continue working on the face, painting the half tones of the face.
We put the last highlights and complete the painting of the face.
Instructor: Theodore Papadopoulos
The price includes the materials which will be used by the students, (brushes, pigments, boards).
A non-refundable deposit of
$230 is required to reserve a place in this workshop.
The balance is due on June 25, 2015.
Location: The John XXIII Diocesan Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. Here is a link to a map.
Papadopoulos was born, raised and presently lives in Larissa, Greece. His
artistic studies began when he studied drawing at a local workshop in 1987. His
fascination with iconography began when he visited Athos, The Holy Mountain.
compelled him to return to Mt. Athos in order to perfect his technique and
understanding in painting Byzantine icons and murals. Studying in Athens also
facilitated his artistic progress in this field.
He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, the
International Association of Art and the Greek Iconographers
commissions range from individuals personal icons to painting religious murals
in churches in his homeland as well as abroad.
For over 20
years of professional work in iconography, his uncompromising principle is to
present work of the highest quality.