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Intensive Course: Theotokos of the Sign

November 16th, 2017 by

 

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 and it’s history.

When: February 20-25, 2018

Time: 10-4pm

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. Class closes Feb 19th.

Taught by Colette Kalvesmaki- email for questions: paraskeve@gmail.com

To sign up see below:

$100 deposit

Payment in full

Board Payment

 

 

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

Brushed with faith by Catholic News Service  —https://youtu.be/GeisvsUDle8

 

Friday Night Lecture Series for December: The Emotions in Byzantine Art

November 8th, 2017 by

 

Friday Night Lecture Series for December: The Emotions in Byzantine Art

This December 1st Icon students are in for a real treat!  Scholar of Byzantine Art Dr. Henry Maguire, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University and Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham will join us! 

He will be presenting the lecture, 

“The Emotions in Byzantine Art”

When: Dec 1st

Time: 7 pm

Where:Center for Byzantine Material Arts, Inc.,

716 Monroe St. NE #7, Washington DC 20017

 Hours: Mon 11-4, Thurs 1-7pm, Fri 11-6, Sat 9:30-4

Suggested Donation $10

The Monroe Street Arts-Walk- across the street from The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Catholic University, Metro stop: red line CUA/Brookline (Best way to get here is metro)

Questions? Send us an email at cbma@byzarts.com

Ph: 240 676 1350 or 301 977 7297 (please leave a message with last #)

About Dr. Henry Maguire:

Henry Maguire is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University and Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham. He has also taught at Harvard and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. From 1991 to 1996 he served as Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC. He has authored six books on Byzantine art, and co-authored three more with his wife, Eunice Dauterman Maguire. In addition he has published, with Ann Terry, a study of the wall mosaics in the Cathedral of Eufrasius at Poreč.

Saint Nicholas Story and Craft Celebration

October 28th, 2016 by

Saint Nicholas Story and Craft Celebration

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
10:30 -12
at the Center For Byzantine Material Arts
Learn about the Bishop who would later contribute to our modern day story of St Nicholas through a beautiful children’s story of his life.  Your Child will make crafts for this special day such as painting a tile of the the face of St Nicholas, decorate an icon of him and much more, all to take home with treats and a goodie bag which has reminders of his story in the bag!
 Class limit is 10, so sign up on the web site and save your space.
Donation is $10 per child
Sign up below:

 

Student Exhibit Through December

May 5th, 2017 by

The Student Exhibit at CBMA

The Center for Byzantine Material Arts is hosting our first Student Icon Exhibit featuring our wonderful students work, both of drawings and icons. We hope every year to offer this very special exhibit for the Christmas season.  Most icons are for sale.

We are also offering a drawing for the icon of St Nicholas. Raffle tickets are $5 each, and you can buy as many as you want.  The drawing will take place Dec 18th and the winner will be notified the same day.

 

 

Students Pick-up: You can pick up your icons anytime after the show concludes -Dec 30th, but all must be picked up by Jan 9th, unless other arrangements are made.  All sales payments will be made to the artisans by Jan 10th.

 

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2017/18 Programs Through May

May 10th, 2017 by

 

2017/18 UPCOMING EVENTS

October

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

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

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-?

January 2018

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

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

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

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

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!

 

Win an Icon of St Nicholas for Christmas!

November 1st, 2017 by

 

Enter our raffle drawing for this icon valued at $300.00 through our website and win.

The icon is made with the ancient medium of egg tempera and 23k gold on wood, by the hand of Colette Kalvesmaki.  All proceeds go to the Center for Byzantine Material Arts Programs.  Each raffle ticket is $5.  Enter as many tickets as you like.  Your tickets will be emailed to at the address you provide. 

Drawing announcement will be Dec. 18th.

Enter here: