Color and Light Icon Retreat
I’ve been preparing for weeks for this Color and Light Icon Retreat! It will be held at the Holy Cross Monastery, Tuesday through Friday, July 24-27. One of the reasons that I am so looking forward to teaching this class is that color theory is my specialty. I have learned so much from the icons about color that I want to share it for future iconographers.
And the conditions couldn’t be better- Holy Cross Monastery sits alongside the Hudson River about one and a half hours North of New York City. Each time I teach there, I feel more and more a part of the “family” of Benedictine monks who live, pray, and work together there.
We fit our class times within the daily cycle of Benedictine prayer, punctuated by (gourmet) meals that we all share.
Daily Icon Painting Schedule
A typical daily schedule looks like: Morning prayer 7:30 am, Breakfast, Eucharist at 9:00AM, then the firs icon class begins and lasts until mid day prayer at 12:00. Lunch follows prayer, and then another Icon painting session until evening prayer at 5PM. After dinner at 6:00, we meet again for Icon class at 7:00 until 9PM. There are break times for resting and walking through the beautiful gardens and grounds of the monastery.
The Good Shepherd Icon
We will be painting the Good Shepherd Icon during the process of learning color theory. I will explain and demonstrate the Byzantine method of using a limited color palette. There will be a few color exercises as well.
Learning to Mix Pigments for Icon Colors
So many students are not familiar with how to mix pigments in egg tempera that I decided to teach a class specifically for color and icons. In this class you will learn the simple Greek method of color mixing, as well as understanding how to lighten or darken colors. Once this method is understood in its simplest form, the student may branch out and mix more colors. This way, there is always the understanding of the Byzantine approach to color and light within the newly created icon.