Traditional Russian icon painting is truly one of the great artistic movements in the history of the world and has been a living and evolving art form for more than 1,000 years. This illustrated presentation by Marina Forbes deals with the spiritual and secular significance of Russian religious art from the 10th century to the present day. Icon making involves the painting of specifically stylized religious images on wood using traditional natural materials and techniques which are determined by longstanding conventions which serve to shape the art form. Russian icons reveal a deep inner spirituality, incomparably matched by an intrinsic rhythm of line and harmony of coloring. Using a slide show and numerous exhibits, including examples of her own work, Forbes will examine the history of icon painting in Russia and will discuss the unique multiple nature of the icon as a sacred object, a product of an artistic tradition, a work of art with its own inherent aesthetic value, and a major example of our world cultural heritage. Anyone who has personal icons may bring them for examination and comment.
The Art of Icon Painting
Russian icon maker, teacher and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer “The Art of Icon Painting” workshopon four Sundays: January 17, 24, 31 and February 7 from 1:30pm to 5pm at Grace Episcopal Church (30 Eastman St, Concord, NH 03301) in Concord, NH. It is a hands-on studio workshop for students interested in learning how to create traditional Russian icons, one of the world’s oldest and most respected forms of religious art. The program will include a detailed discussion and demonstration of traditional materials and methods of icon making. Then, under the direction of the instructor, students will create their own icons using a combination of traditional and contemporary materials and methods. Students will learn about board and painting surface preparation, gessoing, image rendering, pigments, brush strokes techniques, detailing, highlighting, gilding, Old Slavonic lettering, and varnishing.
No painting experience is required for my Icon Painting class. Experienced artists will also feel very comfortable in my workshop.
The Russian Icon “Mother Of God of Vladimir” (wood, egg tempera, 23-k gold) is by Marina Forbes.
The cost of the workshop is $295 and it comes with 3 printed reference images.
Students have to bring their own art materials to the class (the material list will be provided).
The Art of Painting Icons: St. George Slaying the Dragon
one-day studio hands-on workshop
on Saturday, January 23d from 10am to 5pm at the International Art Gallery in Rochester, NH.
ROCHESTER, NH: Russian Master Iconographer and an award-winning artist, Marina Forbes, will offer one-day studio hands-on workshop “The Art of Icon Painting: St. George Slaying the Dragon” onSaturday, January 23d from 10am to 5pm at the New England Language Center International Art Gallery in Rochester, NH.