MS Acrylic Iconography Workshop | Spring
Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco
The all-new Middle School iconography workshop offering will be structured around painting an icon, just like with the Upper School workshops, but geared toward students in the 9-12-year-old age range!
This Spring we will “write” an icon of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco- also known as Saint John the Wonderworker or Saint John Maximovich- using acrylic paint. Each class session we will work on our main icon, but also do lots of other activities to strengthen their artistic skills.
We will always begin class with prayer and a short presentation related to the iconography and/or the saint or subject we are writing. Students will learn in every iconography workshop how to mix and apply acrylic paint for iconography and render the saint using highlights and linework.
Additionally, we will cycle through skills in a 3-year cycle, focusing on one per workshop. The skills can be learned in any order, so students who take 3 years of workshops can start at any point and never repeat exactly the same content, nor come in behind their classmates. The skill-focus will relate to color, tone and value, facial features, Byzantine lettering, and painting lines.
In the Spring of 2025, the focus will be on facial features: correctly forming eyes, noses, mouths, etc. Drawing and painting facial features in the iconographic style includes knowledge about these facial features as drawn observationally and realistically as well.
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.
Randi Maria Sider-Rose began painting icons over 20 years ago when she was able to travel to learn from different iconography teachers across the country. Since then, she has married Michael Sider-Rose and completed an MDiv at the University of Chicago Divinity School. As well as taking commissions from churches and individuals, Mrs. Sider-Rose loves to walk with students on the journey of learning to see better and more intentionally, using this “prayer of the hands” to grow in holiness, with God’s grace. Homeschooling her four children in an urban fixer-upper strewn with books, art projects, and Legos helps keep the whole operation real. For more information about Mrs. Sider-Rose’s process, please visit her website at www.immanuelicons.org.
Mrs. Sider-Rose and her family attend Saint Moses the Black Orthodox Mission Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has been blessed by His Grace Bishop Thomas to serve in the ministry of iconography. email@example.com
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Scanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.
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