The course introduces the student to the theory and practice of the art of Icon Painting, according to the Byzantine Tradition. The main aim of the course is to introduce participants to the traditional process of painting an icon with the use of the Egg tempera technique. Limited color palette.
Students are called to attend the entire process and attempt to follow making an icon (Head of The Theotokos) during the five sessions course. The class will meet daily from 9:00am to 4pm (with one hour lunch break, 12 to 1pm). More specifically, the schedule will be as follows:
Session 1.: A. Introduction. The ideals and Principles of Byzantine Iconography. Byzantine painting as a system. Drawing of the head of the Theotokos. Session 2: The making of the Icon: steps I. The Background. The Proplasmos. The Clothes. Session 3: The making of the Icon: Step II. Flesh tones. Session 4: The making of the Icon: Step III. Flesh tones. Session 5. The making of the Icon: Step III. Last details. Lettering.
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Born in Greece in 1956, George Kordis studied theology at the University of Athens, and later pursued his studies in theology and the aesthetics of Byzantine painting at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, gaining an MA in theology. In 1991 he was awarded his Doctorate in Theology at the University of Athens, where he was appointed to the post of Lecturer and served as assistant professor in Iconography. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Kordis periodically lectures as visiting professor and teaches icon painting courses in the US (Yale University, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, among others).
His book, “Icon as Communion: The Ideals and Compositional Principles of Icon Painting,” is highly regarded as one of the only practical guides available today for learning iconographic drawing.
In addition to painting portable icons, Dr. Kordis has painted many churches throughout the world, and many more recently in the U.S.
Currently, Dr. Kordis is working on creating the International Centre of Iconography in Athens due to open Fall 2018, which will feature both icon exhibitions as well as rigorous education in contemporary iconography.
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