November 16th, 2017 by firstname.lastname@example.org
November 22nd, 2017 by email@example.com
November 8th, 2017 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Intensive Course: Theotokos of the Sign
This is a five-day course focusing on oil and beer glue-gilding, painting techniques of egg tempera and prayer. We will look at the symbolism of this icon, technique and it’s history Although we will be following the board design of the icon below . . .). You also will have some options on how to do the background.
When: February 20-25, 2018
Cost $550.00-Includes a Masonite board and most supplies.
If you want to bring your own board or to order a raised traditional board let us know when you sign up. The Cost is $150 per board, Measurements are 11.5″ high by 13″ across. . . Class closes Feb 19th.
Taught by Colette Kalvesmaki- email for questions: email@example.com
To sign up see below:
or Payment in full
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 and up if you have them (All these can be bought at the Center)
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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May 10th, 2017 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning Iconography Painting (Writing) Course
This course is designed for those who have never painted (written) an icon before. Your Instructor, Colette Kalvesmaki will take you through step by step instruction in transferring the image to the board, making the egg emulsion and mixing the paints. Before the course begins you will be given reading materials to finish at your leisure as well as directed to more intensive reading for future. You will also learn how to pray with icons and how to pray during this process. This is a beautiful experience for those wishing to deepen their understanding of the faith. We will be painting the face of an angel above. Some supplies needed from the student-see below.
Date: January 26 & 27, (Friday and Saturday) 2018
Place: Center for Byzantine Material Arts, 716 Monroe St. NE #7, Washington DC 20017. By Catholic University, the National Shrine and the Brookland/CUA metro station in the Arts Walk
To sign up click on the button below:
There will be no gilding in this course and painting will be done on a Maronite clay board. Things you will need to bring to the class:
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 stippled 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. If you can’t make a day, we can finish the icon at a later appointment.
Call for more information 301 977 7297
January 17th, 2015 by email@example.com
2017/18 UPCOMING EVENTS
October 6, 7pm: First Friday lecture by a scholar or artist. Suggested donation: $10
October 13 Opening–December 30: Student Exhibition—Calling All Students of Wayne Hajos, Karen Ward and Colette Kalvesmaki! We are hosting our first icon exhibit which can include other icons and drawings of icons you have done since your instruction. Deadline for entry: October 1st.
October 14-Intensive Drawing Class I for beginners with Karen Ward. Time: Saturday at 10-4. Cost $130.00
October 27, Friday at 5:30–8pm: Student Exhibition Opening & Reception—A special reception will be held to honor our first student icon exhibit. Invite your friends, neighbors, church members, co-workers and family! Whoever has the most guests wins a CBMA t-shirt of your choice. Also, raffle tickets will be available for a St. Nicholas Icon $5 a piece.
October 28th-Drawing II with Karen Ward. Time: Saturday at 10-4. Cost $130.00
November 3rd, 7pm. First Friday lecture by a scholar or artist. Suggested donation: $10
November 4th, 10am: Dumbarton Oaks Behind the Exhibit—An exclusive invitation by Dumbarton Oaks to go behind the scenes to see and handle their artifacts, not normally seen by the public This is a continuation of the Ivory Lecture held at CBMA by Dr. Gudrun Buehl; Head Curator of Dumbarton Oaks Museum Collections. Maximum of 10 students. Suggested donation: $25. Sign up now!
November 11, Saturday at 10am–1pm: Beginning Gilding Course—Join us for four hours of instruction learning the various types of gilding used in Iconography and other contexts. Cost: $140.00 Course taught by Colette Kalvesmaki.
November 18, Icon Drawing III with Karen Ward. Time: Saturday at 10-4. Cost $130.00
December 1st, 7pm First Friday Night lecture by a scholar or artist. Suggested donation: $10
December 2nd, 11am–12:30pm: St. Nicholas Children’s Story and Craft Day Suggested donation: $10
Closed Dec 25-?
Closed Jan 1-3 and 8-9
January 20- Intensive Drawing Class I for beginners with Karen Ward. Time: Saturday at 10-4. Cost $130.00
January 26-27- Beginning Iconography Course in Egg Tempera of an angel face. Taught by Colette Kalvesmaki. No gilding, all supplies included except brushes. Cost: 150.00
February 2, 7pm First Friday Night lecture by a scholar or artist. Suggested donation: $10
February 10 Drawing Hands and Feet of Icons with Karen Ward. Time: Saturday at 10-4. Cost $130.00
February 20-25, Special Intensive Iconography Course: Theotokos of the sign. Gilding, done in egg tempera. Cost $550.00. Includes most supplies.
March 3 Icon Drawing II with Karen Ward. Time: Saturday at 10-4. Cost $130.00
March 9-10 Intensive St. Patrick Icon Course, taught by Colette Kalvesmaki. Cost $350
March 24th Icon Drawing III with Karen Ward. Time: Saturday at 10-4. Cost $130.00
April 13 @ 7pm First Friday Night lecture by a scholar or artist. Suggested donation: $10– Special Day!
April 21 10-4 Drawing Angel wings with Colette Kalvesmaki. Time: 10-4. Coast $130.
May 4 @ 7pm First Friday Night lecture by a scholar or artist. Suggested donation: $10-last lecture till September
May 12 Color Seminar. History, the making of pigments-demonstration, the color wheel and application of color. Taught by Colette Kalvesmaki and Karen Ward. Time:10-3. Cost:$150
More to come!
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 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 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 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.
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