When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33)
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.
Dmitri is honored to have been invited to join the exhibition Refuge: VT Artists Respond at the beautiful Kent Museum, Kents' Corner, VT. For more information about the exhibition, please visit their website here.
The Philadelphia area division of the Prosopon School, led by Susan Kelly von Medicus has scheduled their fall semester, with the the theme Angels and Wilderness. Beginners will write the icon of Archangel Gabriel and advanced students will work on St John the Baptist. For more information, please see their brochure here.
After a long summer hiatus, we have several Brookfield Open Studio Intensives scheduled through this fall. The dates are October 20-22, November 17-19, and December 2-4. Please see the Intensive Workshop listings for more information, or the VT Studio calendar for the dates of our regular open studios.
Through the generosity of the Michael J Ward Foundation , tuition costs for the Cincinnati workshop have been substantially lowered to encourage more people who feel called to learn more about sacred iconography. For more information, please see the workshop brochure here. We thank the Ward family for their generous and ongoing support!
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 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.
The December 16-18 workshop on Gesso and Highlights, sponsored by Archangel Michael Icon Guild, will be held at Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum Heights, MD. For more information and to register, please visit their website here.
Icons to complete before the holidays?
We'll be hosting two 3-day open studio intensives in Dmitri's home studio, November 11-13 and December 10-12. Registration is limited to 4 students, and our room & board option is currently limited to 2 private bedrooms.
More details are available on the VT Open Studio calendar - please click on the dates.
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.
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.
...during our 3 Day Gessoing & Drawing workshop at Beckett Studios in Altadena. Beautiful weather and good company!
The Prosopon School has been honored with an exhibition, Icon - Tradition - Time, at the Fine Art Academy in Moscow, from Nov. 12, 2015 to January 24, 2016.
Russian speakers can watch an interview with Vladislav, given at the opening, here:
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.