Esna, Estonia

Vladislav, Olga, Dmitri and Nikita, as well as instructors from the Prosopon School in Russia and students from Estonia, Russia, England and the United States all met in Esna, Estonia for a week of iconography, iconological theory and late-into-the-night intensive conversation. It was a rewarding week of fellowship in a beautiful setting.

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New Brookfield Intensive Added

Looking at the calendar, we realized we have time for one more intensive here in the studio before Dmitri's schedule hits its summertime pace. 

Please join us May 5-7 for an all levels, open studio intensive. Finish an uncompleted project or begin a new one. Guided studio hours are 9 to 5 with an hour break for lunch (lunch provided), with unlimited after-hours studio access - $330. We have two private rooms available, with breakfast and dinner, for an additional $145 per student. 

The class is limited to 4 students. Please contact us to register by May 2.

Our Friends in Big Sur

Our friends at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, which has hosted our iconography retreats for a number of years, are in pretty dire straights following the catastrophic rains of the past months. Highway 1, leading to and from the Hermitage, has been washed out in a number of sections, as has their own entrance road. One monk with a medical emergency recently had to be airlifted out in order to receive medical care. They have been unable to receive regular deliveries of food and fuel, and they are unable to welcome retreatants, which is their main source of financial support. Please keep the monks, and all the people in the area in your prayers. If you are able, the monks are also grateful for any donations for their support during this challenging time. Their gofundme page can be found here. We very much hope that we will be able to return to the Hermitage next year (March 6-14, 2018). In the meantime, we also thank St Alberts Priory in Oakland, CA, which warmly welcomed our group on very short notice.

Article in the Catholic Review

A nice article on our Baltimore workshops, which appeared this spring in the Baltimore Archdiocese's "Catholic Review", can be read here. The classes are hosted by the Archangel Michael Icon Guild, which meets the last Saturday of most months at the Shrine of St Anthony in Ellicott City. For more information on the guild, their meetings and their intensive workshops, please visit their website.

 

Image, Idol, Christ at Baylor University

On February 18th, Dmitri will be taking part in an ecumenical symposium on the meaning of sacred images at Baylor University. The conversation will address "the distinctive positions each communion takes on images, why images have divided us, and what ecumenical hope there is for a common life with images in the church universal. "

The featured talks, followed by a general discussion, will be:

"Against Confessional Aesthetics,"  by Matthew Milliner, Assistant Professor of Art History at Wheaton College   representing a Reformed Protestant view.

"Corpus Domini, the Lord's Body as the Salivific Image", by Carole Baker, student of Doctoral Studies in Theology at Duke University,  representing Roman Catholic teaching.

"ICON, the Tradition of Symbolic Realism", by Dmitri Andreyev, Instructor in the Prosopon School of Iconology, representing Orthodox Christian tradition.

For more information, please visit Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion here.

Painting the Cupola, St Michael Catholic Church 2004

Painting the cupola of St Michaels Catholic Church, in St Michael, MN, was a massive project, even before our permitted work time was halved. We ascended the daunting scaffold, learned to find the center inside a white, seamless dome, tried to remember north from south with our heads craned backwards, cracked a lot of eggs, and finished on time. The iconographers were lead by Vladislav Andrejev and included Dmitri Andreyev, Br. Anthony Sweer, Nicholas Markell and Yevgeniy Vaskevich. Photographs were taken by Yevgeniy Vaskevich.