What you'll learn
- Students will learn to compose an icon of the Annunciation of the Theotokos
- Drawing the Basic Structure
- The use of rhythm in the basic Structure
- Drawing the details of the icon
- Using the details to create rhythm
- Series 1 Drawing the Face
- Series 2 Drawing the Half Figure
- Series 3 Garment Basics
- Series 4 Drawing the Full Figure (Part 1)
- Series 5 Drawing 3/4 Figures
- Series 6 Drawing Seated Figures
- Series 8 Drawing Mountains and Landscapes
In Series 9 of the Byzantine Iconography Drawing Tutorials we are be putting together everything that we have learned in the previous series by learning how to compose icons. Everything in this series builds on what has been taught in the previous eight series of tutorials so it is important that students have completed the previous Series. In particular, they need to have completed the tutorials in Series 1 Drawing the Face, Series 2 Drawing the Half Figure, Series 3 Garment Basics, at least parts 1 and 3 of Series 3 drawing the Full Figure, Series 5 Drawing 3/4 Figures, Series 6 Drawing Seated Figures and Series 8 Drawing Mountains and Landscapes.
In this third tutorial in the series our aim is to compose an icon with more than one figure in an environment with buildings. For this purpose we will be composing an icon of the Annunciation of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. We will briefly look at the two main compositional types of the icon an the theological meaning of the Feast of the Annunciation and how this is expressed in the icon as well as the significance of certain elements of the icon.
We will then make a rhythmic study of the famous icon of the Annunciation from Ochrid that dates to the early 14th century.
The we will start composing out icon, starting from the basic structure and using that structure to create the general rhythm of the icon. We will then move onto the details, seeing how those details are also used to create rhythm and harmony, starting with Archangel Gabriel, then the Theotokos and finally the buildings and environment.
Who this course is for:
- Advanced Student who have completed the first 8 Series of Tutorials
Hello, I'm Julia. I'm a South African born byzantine iconographer with 16 years experience. I live and studied iconography in Greece with teachers including master iconographer George Kordis. I have also studied Theology and done post-graduate studies in Liturgics at the University of Athens.
So what are these iconography tutorials about? This is not a standard weekend iconography workshop where you simply learn to trace an icon and "paint-by-numbers". It was never the tradition of the Church to make "photocopies" of old icons, but sadly this modern "tradition" is destroying the creative tradition of the Church. Every period of iconography from the Comnene to the Paleologian periods to the Cretan School has it's own style within the Byzantine system of painting and the iconographic tradition of the Church. In these tutorials you will be introduced to the Byzantine system of painting and given tools that will allow you create within the tradition of the Church.
It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is for iconographers to learn to draw before starting to paint. That is why with these tutorials we will start by building the foundation by learning how to draw before we progress to painting icons.
The tutorials have subtitles for the deaf.