FIVE-DAY ICON PAINTING WORKSHOPS 2023

As in previous years, in 2023 I shall be running a five-day icon workshop on May 8-12 and on September 18-22, 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 full figure (with an emphasis on proportion and drapery), and in September on the face and hands, so that icon will either be a bust (waist up) or head. There will be a talk with slides at each workshop. The theology of the icon is taught 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:

2023 icon workshops PDF form

2023 icon workshops docx form

NEW BOOK on FESTAL ICONS OUT NOW!

‘FESTAL ICONS: History and Meaning’ by Aidan Hart

456 pages, 320 colour illustrations, 275mm x 215mm, Hard cover, £45. Gracewing Publishers. ISBN 9780852449493

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This long-awaited book on the icons of the fourteen major feasts of the Orthodox Church is the most comprehensive work on the subject in the English language. Richly illustrated, it first describes how each feast developed over time, then maps how their icons evolved from the early centuries, and finishes with a detailed examination of each festal icon’s most recognizable form. This story encompasses not only panel icons, but also frescos, mosaic, metalwork, embroidery and reliefs carved in stone, ivory and wood.

Christian feasts such as Christmas and Easter form the weft of the Christian year, for Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican alike. The book reveals how festal icons are a heritage common to both western and eastern Christendom, the opening chapter charting this interrelationship between east and west in their development.

This study draws together recent scholarship and the warmth of faith. It is an invaluable reference book for all those interested in delving deeper into the world of icons, be they newcomers or scholars.

What some have said about the book:

Festal Icons: History and Meaning takes a refreshing and welcome approach, moving from historical context to the renewal of the tradition today. Aidan Hart marshals his deep knowledge of the underlying theology of icons and their symbolic content as well as their use in liturgical and festival settings through the ages. Sumptuously illustrated with icons he created (‘prayer without ceasing’, as Hart has said of his process), as well as a veritable museum of comparative images, this new book will be an excellent addition to any sacred art bibliography or syllabus.”   (Dr Kathryn R. Barush, Associate Professor of Art History and Religion Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California)

“An illuminating and richly illustrated discussion of the evolution and symbolic structure of some of the most familiar narrative icons of the Eastern Christian tradition. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Hart systematically explores the theological meanings and social history of the fourteen major icons of the liturgical year, known as Feast or Festal icons. Written by a renowned iconographer and teacher of iconography, Festal Icons: History and Meaning is alive with fresh insights, offering new layers of understanding for art historians, iconographers and iconophiles alike.”     (Dr Sophie Matthiesson, Senior Curator, International Art Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki)

NEW BOOK: “FESTAL ICONS: HISTORY AND MEANING”

This long-awaited book on the icons of the fourteen major feasts of the Orthodox Church is the most comprehensive work on the subject in the English language. Richly illustrated, it first describes how each feast developed over time, then maps how their icons evolved from the early centuries, and finishes with a detailed examination of each festal icon’s most recognizable form. This story encompasses not only panel icons, but also frescos, mosaic, metalwork, embroidery and reliefs carved in stone, ivory and wood. 456 pages, 320 colour illustrations. For more information and to purchase go to Publications.

ST CATHERINE’S, SINAI TRIP: new date: 15-22 November 2022

The postponed 2020 trip to St Catherine’s Mount Sinai has been rescheduled to 15-22 November 2022. Book soon! I shall be the speaking guide for this trip to one of the great icon centres of the world. The trip is now being run by www.wilderness-expertise.co.uk. To get further details ring +44 (0)20 3817 4101, or email Joanne Pender at joanne@wilderness-expertise.co.uk

Sinai Icons Nov 22 Flyer PDF

Invitation to Icons at St Catherine’s November 2022 PDF

Client Information Pack 2022 PDF

Medical & Booking Form WSS Participant 2022 PDF

Booking Terms & Conditions 2022 PDF

The Apostle Paul

The Apostle Paul

Egg tempera on hardwood panel with kivitos

Size: 360 x 250mm

(14.2 x 9.8 inches)

Price: £1,300 plus VAT and p&p

Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael

Egg tempera on hardwood panel with kivitos

Size: 400 x 310mm

(15.7 x 12.2 inches)

Price: £1,300 plus VAT and p&p

Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael

Egg tempera on hardwood panel with kivitos

Size: 300 x 250mm

(11.8 x 9.8 inches)

Price: £1,200 plus VAT and p&p

‘In Conversation’ Part 1

A discussion about contemporary iconography among the British iconographers Ian Knowles, Stéphane René, Peter Murphy and Aidan Hart

Blessed James the Deacon

Blessed James the Deacon (d. 671). James was a deacon from Rome who laboured with St Paulinus in the mission in Northumbria, England.

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