All events hosted by the Center for Byzantine Material Arts

Student Exhibit for the Center for Byzantine Material Arts Oct-Dec 2017

May 5th, 2017 by

Calling all students of Wayne Hajos, Richard Christin, Karen Ward and Colette Kalvesmaki!

‘Wine and Cheese-Meet the Artist’ will be held for all of you October 27, 5:30-8pm.

The Center for Byzantine Material Arts is hosting our first Student Icon Exhibit which can include other icons and drawings of icons you have done since our instruction (it will be juried to make sure all items entered line up with the Center’s mission).

Deadline for entry Oct 1st and we need all your works at the studio by Oct 11th before 7pm.  Volunteers to help hang would be most welcome!

Pick-up : You can pick up your items anytime after the show and when we are open after Dec 30th, but all must be picked up by Jan 9th, unless other arrangements have been made.  All payments will be made to artisans by Jan 10th.

We ask that everyone fill out the paperwork to show their works (We will send upon request).

Cost:$25 to enter up to 3 icons and $25 to enter up to 3 more and so on . .. .  The Center asks 25% of the sales for its commission, fee included in this amount.  Send check or pay with paypal below.

We will need a short bio on each participant (small paragraph).  Make sure they are hanging ready. Send all inquiries to paraskeve@gmail.com or call 301 977 7297 or 301 977 7297.

See you soon!

Drawing icons 101: for the Young

May 18th, 2017 by

Summer Drawing Course on Iconography and lives of the saints 

These interactive classes teach various aspects of the icon to children at least 7 years of age and up. Activities range from demonstration, interactive discussions, story time and drawing an icon themselves on beautiful sienna paper to take home.  We will practice drawing eyes, nose and mouth every day then put it all together in the final class.  Along with that we will have a lesson or story for the day.

Lesson 1-What is an Icon- (slide show). Drawing eyes.

Lesson 2-Icon Symbols and their Meaning-St Euphrosynos-Drawing noses

Lesson 3-A look at Pigments and How to Make Paints and Gesso (demo)

Lesson 4-Russian Fairy Tales and the Icon: The Tale of St George-drawing mouths and ears
Lesson 5-How to Read an Icon: A Look at Rublev’s Trinity Icon-final drawing of an angel

When: Aug 1st-4th, 2017

Time: 10am-12pm

Cost: $75 per child, $25 off each sibling there after

$25 non-refundable deposit to hold your space

Taught by Colette Kalvesmaki

 

Encaustic Iconography Course of the Sinai Pantocrator -September 23/24

May 5th, 2017 by

We will meet for 2 intensive days September 23-24th from 10-4pm .  No gilding will be possible for those times, but if students want to gild we will offer a special day of gilding the following Saturday or set up a time for individual students.

Cost $300 +supplies. $50 non-refundable fee to sign up.

Sign-ups close September 13th.

We will be using  a cold wax method. Supplies  included the clear cold wax, tools for the initial stage, panel-9 x 12″.  The cost for supplies will be separate. (price forth coming)

(For gold instruction cost will be an additional $125 and will include instruction for this icon and materials.)

Learn how this particular Icon and many of the icons made before the 9th century were  likely done-in encaustic, or more likely, the cold wax method.  The Christ Pantocrator of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai is one of the oldest Byzantine icons, dating from the sixth century AD.[1] It is the earliest known well-known version of the Pantocrator style that still survives today, and is regarded by historians and scholars to be one of the most important and recognizable works in the study of Byzantine art as well as Eastern Orthodox Christianity.[2  to learn more visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_Pantocrator_(Sinai)

For more questions contact Colette – paraskeve@gmail.com

WHAT TO BRING: pencil, paper towel or cloth,  eraser, rinse jar, palette, ruler, scissors, drafting compass (all optional)
BRUSHES: 2 oil color round and flat Brushes size 4
One tool or stippled brush or a beat-up brush for mixing.
One small watercolor script: #3 and  #4
line brush #3

MAKE-UPS: Every day of instruction presupposes knowledge of the days that precede it. If you can’t make a day, we can finish the icon at a later appointment. Call for questions.

First Friday of the Month Lecture Series: We will start up again in September

February 16th, 2016 by

Join us for an evening of exploration into iconography and faith from respected scholars, clergy and Iconographers.  Talks start at 7 pm followed by questions and refreshments.  Come early and visit our surrounding vendors and restaurants before the lecture and make an evening of it!

Suggested donation $10

RSVP would be nice! byzarts.com

 

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2017 Programs Through December

May 10th, 2017 by

 

2017 Programs Up-coming

 June/Aug

Kickstart/Indi Go Go Summer Campaign (June 23-Aug 23) tell your friends!  Help us bring you visiting fine artists and Iconographers from around the world for intensive courses in the areas of illuminated manuscript, frescos, mosaics and more. See web site for more details.

‘Come Meet the Artists Night’, Saturday June 24th, 5 to 7pm or so on the Arts Walk, studio #7!  Meet the four Iconographers and friends who make up the Center for Byzantine Material Arts for a night of Stories, Friends, Fine-foods and Wine. See web site for more details.

Icon Drawing 101 for a one day intensive course in Iconographic drawing. Dates: either July 8 or 22.  Course taught by Karen Ward.  More details on website.

Kids Icon drawing Camp Aug 1-4 in DC location and Aug 8-11.  Both camps are 10-12am.  Learn how to draw an icon the way it was taught from long ago, accompanied with story time picture books about the saint’s lives. See web site for more info.

 

Sept/Oct

Sept 1st Lecture

Sept 23/24.  Intensive Iconography Encaustic  Course on- The Christ of Sinai 

Oct 6th Lecture

Student Exhibit-Oct through end of Dec. Wine and Cheese Night for Opening Oct Fri 27th  5pm-on. ($20 fee to enter 3 icons, more details in program) Exhibit opens Oct 13th.*

Gilding Course-Oct 28th 10-2 with Wayne Hajos and Colette Kalvesmaki

Christmas Icon and Tile Raffle  Starting in Oct.-runs through beginning of new year.  Enter win a beautiful hand-painted icon of the Nativity, St. Nicholas or a tile of St. Nicholas.  Each raffle ticket is $5.

Nov

Nov 3rd Lecture

Date TBA-Dumbarton Oaks Behind the Exhibit Visit.  Maximus of 10 students.  Suggested $25 donation to CBMA.

DEC

Dec 1st Lecture

St. Nicholas Children’s Story and Craft Day Dec 2, Sat at 11am-12:30-Need craft ideas . . . and volunteers *

Jan/Feb

 Announce winner of Icon/tile after the first

 Take a break for month of Jan.

Summer Soiree  -TBA

 

 

Needs:  We are in search of a file cabinet, shelves for our main gallery wall from Ikea, office phone, New projector. Let us know if you are interested in donating for these causes.  Thank You!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Iconography I Drawing Course with Karen Ward

August 29th, 2016 by

   This class will introduce basic drawing techniques and anatomy of the face and figure, both in the icon and in traditional portraits.  Media will include charcoal, pencil, brush and ink. We will learn and practice the “line” of the icon and develop skill and confidence in drawing.

Ideal for beginning drawers and helpful for those who want to understand the structure of the icon figure and the theology illuminated in the form of the icon.

Class will be led by Karen Ward an artist, iconographer,and art teacher.

Contact Karen Ward for more information at: kmward1@gmail.com

Intensive Icon Drawing Course

July 8th or 22nd

Time:10-4pm

Cost: $125

 Supply list at registration

Most supplies can be bought at the Center for Byzantine Material Art

About Karen Ward

unnamedKaren Ward, Iconographer, Artist, Art Teacher

Karen attended Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, then married and raised three children. Art was a daily activity in their home. She completed her Certificate in Painting and Drawing from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and focused on landscape painting after moving to a farm in Culpepper County, Virginia. Her paintings have been exhibited in juried local and national shows in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and she has been represented by three galleries in Virginia. Karen has taught drawing and painting classes for the past twelve years and is proud that some of her students have gone on to exhibit and sell their work in juried shows and in galleries!

Now accepting commission for icons, she spends her time painting icons and teaching art classes.

Come meet the Iconographers, Wine and Cheese Night June 24th

May 5th, 2017 by

 

  We welcome you to a night of Stories, Friends, Fine-Foods and Wine.

June 24, 2017

@ at 5 and ends at 7pm or so.

Join us for a special night.  Learn about each of the Iconographers that compose the Center for Byzantine Material Arts. Hear their journey to Christ and Iconography, browse the icon collection, ask questions about thier work while enjoying fine treats and drinks.  

Enjoy our refreshments, our shop items, books and icon gallery as well as the beautiful Arts Walks’ small shops and restaurants!

See you there!

 

Iconography Private Lessons, Commissions, Intensive Courses and Open Saturdays!

January 17th, 2015 by

Programs: Private Instruction, Drawing Courses, Intensive Courses, Open Studio, Commissions

Private Instruction: Every work begins with prayer.  As this is a work to deepen one’s spiritual life all are expected to read about iconography as well from the list of suggested books and to prepare oneself before working.  Each instructor has a format they teach by, usually starting with the face of an angel.  One can start either with the preparation of the board or with the painting process.  Gilding is not included until the student has completed several icons and a state ready for gilding.  Raised unprepared boards can be bought at the wish of the student for an extra cost (price depends on size).  Each class is $40 which includes all supplies.

The mediums are egg tempera or encaustic. The lessons follow a course much as the Traditional schools of old. This is a living Tradition and is important for us to carefully pass on the practice, prayer and theology of the icon.  The length of the lesson is usually an hour.

The goal is to take privately until the instructor advises the student to join the Open Lessons (see below).  If the student wishes they can continue privately but are encouraged to work on their own and come to class with questions.

Lessons and Intensive Courses can be bought as a gift too.  Ask about our Student Vouchers.

 

Drawing Courses

Drawing courses are advised for those who have had no exposure to drawing or painting previously, but not necessary for those who have to begin an icon. They usually meet on Saturdays and are a couple of hours.

 

Intensive Courses

Intensive courses are open to anyone interested and are offered usually every other month.  A deposit is necessary to hold your place.  Cost and time depend largely on the difficulty of the icon between 125-$500.  Check website and fliers for details.

 

Open Studio

Open Lessons are walk in sessions for those who already know how to work (mostly) on their own but have a question or two or who simply like to work with a group in a quite setting. Email and set a time to come in. People usually stay 1 to 3 hours.  We ask $10 for however long you stay.  Most come on Saturdays.

 

Commissions

We accept commission and work usually in two or three payments.  When ordering, we ask for a payment up front.  Prices vary accordingly.  It’s best to visit the websites to choose a style.  (see byzarts.com –Gallery of Artist page)

 

For more Detail visit our website www.byzarts.arts.com

Beginning Gilding with Wayne Hajos and Colette Kalvesmaki

August 25th, 2016 by

20160831_122756Join us for 4 hours of instruction learning the various types of gilding used in Iconography and other contexts.

Saturday October 28th, 10-1pm

Cost: $130.00

To sign up-click below-

In this course students will learn: oil gilding, water gilding (with various design instructions for this type of gilding), beer-glue techniques and shell gold application.  All work will be on a 8″ clay Maronite board and will be a combination of demonstration by instructors and hands on application by students.  We will not be working on an image, just application.

3 sheet of gold and most other materials will be provided for each student- see below.  All things provided are marked “provided”.  Gold, brushes and other supplies can be purchased at the CBMA.

Items needed for class:

1-Liner brush: size 1-4 water-color

1-round fluffy brush: size 8 up watercolor

notebook

Maronite board-provided

pencil

water bowl

palette-provided

bole-provided

gold-size-provided

oil/varnish, shellac-provided

stylis-provided

burnishers-provided

wax-paper-provided

q-tips, cotton ball –provided

pigments-provided

beer-glue-provided

shell-gold-provided

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Iconography Course

March 7th, 2017 by

Join us for a four-day course on the Icon of the Lady of Perpetual Help done in Traditional egg tempera.  We will make a 11 x 14 “ image on a Masonite board or you can order a Traditional wood board with raised edges for $120.00.  Must be ordered 3 weeks before course.

The course meets two weekends:

May 19, 20 and 26, 27

Time: 10-4 every day   

Costs: $400

$50 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot which will go toward the cost of the Course.

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ABOUT THE COURSE: This course will be taught in the Traditional method of dark to light, using egg tempera.   It is designed for those who have painted an icon previously. Due to time constraints there will be no gilding. Classes will be six hours each day (except Sunday), including a lunch break. Please bring your own lunch (or you can buy it here-several restaurants). We will be discussing the historical development and meaning of this icon during the class.

BOARDS: For this course the student will use the clay flat-panel board (provided in cost).  Or the students may request a traditional prepared wood board but it will be an additional $115.00, due at the time of registration. Must request a board no later than 2 weeks before course.

 

WHAT TO BRING: pencil, eraser, rinse jar, palette, ruler, scissors, drafting compass (all optional)

BRUSHES: One water color wash brush: very fluffy, at least 1ʺ wide.

One tool or stipple brush or a beat-up brush for mixing.

One small watercolor script: #1 or #2

Several larger brushes for blending: rounds #2 or #3  (All these can be bought at the course)

MAKE-UPS: Every day of instruction presupposes knowledge of the days that precede it, so every class is required to proceed to the next one. If you need to miss one of the painting days toward the end of a course, that time can be made up by appointment on another Friday or Saturday.  If the student does not finish by the end of the course they can schedule a time to come in and finish.

 

Colette Kalvesmaki,  Founder and Director of the Center for Byzantine Material Arts, Iconographer, Art Restorer.

Colette M. Kalvesmaki is trained in the tradition of Byzantine-Russian iconography.  She uses traditional materials such as egg tempera, gold on fine woods for panel icons as well as fresco for wall finishes. She graduated with a BA in Classical Archaeology in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Barbara and worked as an archaeologist in America and Greece before returning to school to receive a Masters in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1993. She moved to Massachusetts to study intensively for three years under the renowned Russian iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. While in Boston, Colette was also trained as an art restorer with Treffler and Sons Art Restoration Studios and in recent years has trained in the Buon Fresco Academy of Wall Artistry, expanding her abilities to a variety of wall finishes.

Colette started The Center for Byzantine Material Arts in Virginia in 2014 and continues to paint, teach and lecture for various Churches, Museums and Universities.  Her work can be found in formal exhibits, churches and private collections in America and internationally.

For more information on Colette and her work, visit www.sacredpresence.com

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