As in 16th century Russia, students will create icons using ancient techniques and natural materials rich with symbolic meaning: carved wood boards prepared with gesso made from chalk and glue, finely ground clay, pure gold leaf, and ground mineral pigments in an emulsion made from egg yolk. The underlying theology of the icon will be equally emphasized, as each technical step has a corresponding symbolic meaning. Previous artistic experience is not necessary since icon "writing" is as much a contemplative form of prayer as an artistic discipline.
The workshop will consist of six full-day sessions (9:00 am – 5:00 pm), during which time each first-time student will complete an icon. New students will be provided with step-by-step instructions and all necessary materials. Students who have attended previous workshops will be assigned an icon appropriate to their experience and skill.
The Long Island workshop will be conducted by Father Mefodii, a highly qualified instructor of the school.