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

In this intensive course we will study how our predecessors worked in wax for the first years of Christendom on the very famous Pantocrator icon.  We will focus mostly on the bust of this icon as working in wax is quite different from most mediums.  Along with technique, we will also take a look at its history and theology.   The Christ Pantocrator of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai is one of the oldest and most famous Byzantine icons, dating from the sixth century AD.[1  It is regarded by historians and scholars to be one of the most important and recognizable works in the study of Byzantine art

When: September 23 and 24th Sat/Sun.  Sat at 10-4pm, Sun 1-6.

Where: The Center for Byzantien Material Arts in Washington DC

Cost: $300 +supplies. $50 non-refundable fee to sign up and $30 for supplies

Class closes September 15th.

This course will only be done in in wax.   No gilding will be possible -need more time, 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 when convenient for them. (Gold instruction cost will be an additional $125). Please let instructor know when signing up.

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Sign-ups close September 13th.

Supplies:  We will be using  the cold wax method. Supplies include the clear and colored cold wax, mixing tools, turpinoid,  pigments, transfer paper, color copy,  hot plate (if needed) and a flat panel-9 x 12 for the icon.

You will need to bring some supplies . . . WHAT TO BRING: pencil, eraser,  scissors, small glass rinsing jar, paper towels, glass mixing palette (we have 2 in the shop if you want to buy it there, let me know.  You can just use a think piece of glass however).  BRUSHES: Hog brush: flat 1″  or 1/2″ wide and rounds; Hog brush: #1, and #3, a #1 liner if you have one . . .

For more questions contact Colette – paraskeve@gmail.com

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.

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