Introducing ‘Byzantine Journey’, a series of online courses focused on the intersection of Byzantine and Italian sacred art in the late medieval period.
This new programme brings to fruition my several decades work as a professional iconographer and educator, my academic field of study as a trecentista and my spiritual life as a secular Franciscan OFS. (Please see the ‘About’ page for my full biography and qualifications.)
These courses will focus on a fascinating but overlooked area of sacred art. By exploring the transmission of iconography from its Byzantine origins to Italy in the 13th and 14th centuries, and in particular Franciscan art, each course will offer a new and different experience of icon painting which will be of interest to non-Orthodox, contemporary icon painters and of particular relevance to Catholic artists.
In true Icon Adventures style, the courses have the ‘pilgrimage in paint’ theme; weaving together three important paths: art history, art practice and spirituality, affording a deeper understanding of the changing role of sacred images as they migrated from the Orthodox Christian East to the Roman Catholic West.
The courses are also designed to progress individual art practice and advance painting skills using of traditional methods and materials as far as possible. The teaching approach is very much one of providing structured, individual mentoring within a usually small and supportive group.
2021 dates tbc: Get Ahead with St Peter
Two-week course. Foundational painting skills, mixing and blending flesh colours, painting features in the Byzantine tradition.
Postponed until late 2021/2022: The Man of Sorrows
Dates tbc. A course of four weekly sessions painting (and gilding) one of two versions of this fascinating image and exploring its Byzantine origins and journey to taking a central place in Western medieval and Franciscan devotional art in the 13th and 14th centuries.