WORKSHOPS AND ICON DIPLOMA
NEW BOOK: ‘FESTAL ICONS: HISTORY AND MEANING’
FIVE-DAY ICON PAINTING WORKSHOPS 2024
As in previous years, in 2024 I shall be running a five-day icon workshop on May 20-24 and on September 16-20, at beautiful Walcot Hall in Lydbury North, Shropshire, (SatNav SY7 8AU) (http://www.walcothall.com/). Full lunches and refreshments are included in the course fee, and for those who wish it, accommodation in one of the Walcot Hall holiday apartments.
In the May workshop we shall concentrate on the face, so that icon will be a head or perhaps a bust, while September will be a full figure (with an emphasis on proportion and drapery). There will be a talk with slides at the beginning of each workshop. The theology of the icon is also taught throughout the week in the context of learning the technique.
The course caters both for the inexperienced and the more experienced.
For more information and to register please click below:
‘BEAUTY MATTER SPIRIT: ICONS IN THE MODERN WORLD’ A BOOK BY AIDAN HART
A long awaited collection of essays on contemporary issues as seen through the theology of the icon, covering subjects such as ecology, the role of the material world in the spiritual life, beauty, the revival of liturgical art, the nature of the human person, and abstract art. 240mm x 170mm 256pp + 32pp colour plates. Soft cover, £14.99. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW Click here for more information.
ALSO: ‘Techniques of Icon and Wall-painting’ by Aidan Hart
The most comprehensive book to date on the techniques of icon and wall painting. 460 pages, with over 450 colour illustrations and 160 drawings. 227mm x 278mm. Hard cover, £40. BUY YOUR COPY NOW For more information and to preview book.
FIVE-DAY SUMMER COURSES AT THE PRINCES FOUNDATION SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL ARTS
PSTA is also running a range of five-day courses in London and elsewhere which include various liturgical arts. See the webpage below for details https://princes-foundation.org/school-of-traditional-arts/open-programme
CERTIFICATE ICON COURSE AT THE PRINCE’S FOUNDATION SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL ARTS 2025-2028
This is a three year part-time course, consisting of three days a month for seven months of the year. It is run by the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, and taught by Aidan Hart in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, U.K. If you wish to be notified when applications are being accepted for the 2025/2028 programme, please email Aidan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twelve students are enrolled for the programme, with new intakes every three years. The applications for the 2025/2028 programme open around March in 2025, with the first session due to be held in October 2025.
Instruction will cover all the processes required to create traditional icons in egg tempera, including panel preparation, gessoing, gilding, pigment making, design principles and painting techniques. The practical work of the students will be placed in context through studies of masterpieces of icon painting, talks on theology and the relationship of iconography to church architecture and worship. Students will also be guided in ways of developing their skills in the contemporary business environment. Students are required to do at least a further four hours icon work a week at home.( If you have any questions about the Certificate please contact Aidan at email@example.com.
For further information, and how you can prepare for the application, download this pdf.