St. Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

1621 W. Garvey Ave

Alhambra, CA 91803

March 12-18,2018
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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.
Discussion on students questions. 

Materials for drawing
1. Pencils (2-3B)
2. Eraser
Sheets of paper for sketching or a sketchbook

Materials for painting with egg tempera
4. 3 small jars for the mixing of colors
5. One piece of plexiglass (25x35 cm) for the mixing of colors
6. Paper tissues or a piece of soft absorbent cloth
7. Plastic Floral Palette (Dick Blick art materials.
8. Long- haired round brushes for egg tempera (pure red sable or their synthetic
equivalent). I suggest : Watercolors Brushes  ( No, 2,4,6,10.
9. Some Flat brushes from the same series.
(The above types of brushes are recommended and Dr. Kordis will also bring a small selection of brushes to borrow and use while in the workshop)
10. The pigments will be delivered to the students by the Iconographer.
11. Small plastic cappuccino cups
One rectangular clay board ( 11x14) for each student Dick Blick,

The cost for the five sessions course is $600, matherials fee separate. Light lunch will be provided.

Dr. Kordis' Biography:

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.

For any additional questions please call or email:
Rada Bojovic:; +1.626.493.2166
Keri Wiederspahn: 

St. Stephens Serbian Orthodox Cathedral
1621 W Garvey Ave, Alhambra, CA 91803, United States
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