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Iconography : Session #1 The Holy Face taught by Debra Korluka

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January 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm CST

$170 – $243 Price depends on materials needed- see below for details.

Meets 4 Wednesdays, January 13th -February 3rd from 7-9pm via Zoom

Level – Beginners to Intermediate

Wet Paint is pleased to host Korluka Studio’s Iconography classes for the 2021 term.

Session 1 icon class will serve the purpose of an introductory study of icon painting technique along with theological and spiritual study of icons. Participants will learn how to paint the icon of the Holy Face.

The Holy Face, the Church’s first icon is significant for iconography because the Word of God took flesh in Christ and became part of the material world. Christ Himself gave us His image, His Face, on the cloth for the King of Edessa. It is why we can make images that represent Him.
The coursework is divided into individual steps; the instructor explains the principles and then demonstrates each phase in detail, answering all questions. The course begins with drawing the icon on a prepared panel. Next, local colors within the painting are applied to the panel. Shadows and highlights are developed in the forms of the face and clothing. Painted highlights are finally applied to the painting. Additional educational materials will be provided by the instructor during class.

Session#1 The Holy Face is sponsored in part by St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church .

For first time students, the class fee ($243) includes required kit of materials: (6) acrylic paints, (4) brushes, (1) cradled Gessobord 9×12″panel, transfer paper, tracing paper and printed materials.

If you are a returning student and still have the paint and brushes, the class fee ($170-$180) includes these required materials: (1) cradled Gessobord 9×12″panel, transfer paper, tracing paper and printed materials.

About Orthodox Icons:

The word, icon, can be found in many cultures in contemporary society. The computer industry most likely never knew how much they would contribute to the familiarity of the word “icon” when choosing the word to represent symbols that would reveal magnitudes of information via the technical world.
For centuries, holy icons have been handed down to Christians as a “sacred doorway” into the spiritual world. Icons have been inseparable in the function of liturgy in the Eastern Orthodox Church since the 6th century. These religious icons denote the same idea as a computer icon; they offer information. The primary purpose of a holy icon is to enable a face-to-face encounter with a holy person or make present a sacred event. Icons communicate Christian Truth in a visual form. Narrative icons are images corresponding to the written Bible, portrait icons reveal information in regards to the virtues that we try to observe and remember in the holy person being depicted. We as onlookers are asked to enter into the living presence and power of the holiness being depicted and into the celebration of the sacred event.
The art form in a Holy icon is intended to be an abstraction producing a spiritual art, which recurs in the painting of icons in any generation or country, always remaining constant, consistent and prescribed by canon rule. It is for this reason that icons convey an art purely idealistic, and not meant to be realistic.

About the instructor:
Debra Korluka is an internationally renowned artist and Byzantine iconographer. She was the first American to exhibit in the former Soviet Union and has studied with icon masters from the Ukraine and Russia. Her work, which is displayed in museums around the world, has been commissioned by churches and private collectors nationally and internationally. Over the years, Debra has developed many close working relationships with renowned artists, churches, and monasteries in Russia. To learn more about Deb see www.korlukastudios.com

Ticket Choices

New students:
Class +full kit of required supplies $243 PICKUP or SHIPPED
Returning students (who have the kit of brushes and paint):
Class +partial kit $170 PICKUP
Class +partial kit $180 SHIPPED
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Session #2 The Most Holy Theotokos- She Who is Quick to Hear February 10th -March 10th (No class on February 24th) ,7-9pm CT. Session #2 is sponsored in part by St. George Antiochian in West St. Paul One scholarship is available for this class. Please email the instructor for the details akorluka@aol.com

Session #3 Saint Josephine Bakhita Saturdays March 20th -April 17th, 10-12pm CT. Sponsored in part by The Basilica of Saint Mary. One Scholarship is available for this class. Please email the instructor for details akorluka@aol.com.