Upper School World Iconography Camp
Term: Summer 2021
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7-12
Schedule: 5x / week, 60min.
Section 1, July 19–July 30 (10 sessions): M/T/W/Th/F 3:30 p.m. ET with Randi Sider-Rose
In the World Iconography Camp, students will get to try for themselves different fold iconography traditions that have developed in Orthodox Christian countries. For example, peasants in 19th century Transylvania (part of Romania) had access to glass rather than wood and sometimes formed glass iconography workshops within the family; one member grinding pigment, one designing the icons, and others mixing in the egg yolk and applying the colors. These icons were painted in backward order – it is also called “Reverse Glass Iconography” – allowing the glass to serve as a protective layer, and they were placed on shiny silver or gold paper in lieu of real gold leaf. Though far from artistic training centers such as Constantinople, these icons express a vividness of spirituality that is also fully within the canonical tradition.
Over the course of 2 weeks, we will paint icons from the Eastern European, Coptic, and Byzantine traditions using traditional media including paint made from egg.
i. Eastern European Glass Icon of Archangel Gabriel
ii. Coptic icon. (The Coptic tradition of iconography developed in Egypt and Ethiopia.) We will base our icon on a fresco of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Iii. We will also complete a Byzantine-style icon of St. George and the dragon. The Byzantine style is associated with iconography as it developed in Russia and Greece.
- The course supplies are much more minimal than the Iconography Workshops or Apprenticeship, and even younger or less artistically-trained students will thrive in this class, especially as they can choose to use sharpies and a black pencil instead of thin brushes for lines
- Older and more artistically-experienced students will also thrive as they will be able to bring a high level of artistry to these media
- As traditional (non-toxic) dry pigments, glass, and many other supplies are involved, parental involvement will be needed in preparing for the first class, including pre-mixing some colors and gathering household supplies (paper towel, jar of water, egg). The youngest students (up through 12 years old) should have a parent close by during the entire class to help with mixing pigments and turning over the glass. (They do not have to be sitting with the child continuously, but should be available and close by)
For more information on Mrs. Sider-Rose’s process, especially in the preparation of the egg, please see the Glass Icon Page of her website.
* Required materials
Note: Unlike the Iconography Workshops and Apprenticeship, an external webcam is not required for this class. However, if you have one, please use it for this class so the teacher can observe as the student works.
- Pigment Set from Sinopia. This is the same pigment set used for Iconography Workshops and Apprenticeship at St. Raphael, so if you have purchased it for that, you don’t need a second set
- Art Materials from Blick:
- #4 Princeton round
- 1/2-inch flat (any flat-shaped brush you may have already will do, as this is just for one short stage in the process)
- #2 Princeton round
- 3-pack of 5×7 Ampersand claybord
- 5×7 plate of glass (You are welcome to pick out a glass within a frame if you want to be able to frame the glass icon afterward or re-purpose the 5×7 frame-plus-glass you have.)
- Gold foil to use as backing
- Plastic palette, 10-well w/cover
- Pack of 8 storage containers
- Black colored pencil
- Black Sharpie
- Red Sharpie
- Dropper and bottle (for storing and dispersing the egg emulsion)
- Household Supplies and other Preparation: At least two weeks before the course begins, the instructor will send a list of the things that students will need to gather from around the house (paper towels, jar for water, egg, etc.) and the PDFs to print out. Teens in 7th grade and over or parents of younger students will need to measure out some dry pigment mixes and put in the storage containers.
* Required materials not included with course purchase
Randi Maria Sider-Rose began painting icons over 20 years ago, when she received a grant to travel and learn from different teachers and studios. Since then, she has married Michael Sider-Rose, completed an MDiv, and begun homeschooling her 4 children. Though she spends most of her studio time on commissions for churches and individuals, Mrs. Sider-Rose also has a real passion for teaching iconography to all ages and 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. Mrs. Sider-Rose and her family attend St. 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. E-mail: email@example.com
For more information about Mrs. Sider-Rose’s process, please visit her website at www.immanuelicons.org.
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.
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