Icon Painting Workshop         
September 11-18, 2019
Larissa, Greece

Join us on this seven-day intensive course where we will captivate you in the art of the Byzantium painting technique. During the course we'll write (paint) the icon of Mother of God.
This  “Mother of God” icon will come alive before you as the master iconographer and expert instructor, Theodoros Papadopoulos, guides you, step by step, through the ancient techniques of Byzantine Iconography.
Let us journey together, discovering anew, this traditional artistic expression of theology and spirituality, often called the "meeting place of the Divine". Whether you are absolutely beginner or an advanced artist, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn and refine your techniques in this sacred art.
The course focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. Our goal is for students to understand and learn the artistic practices as well as the philosophy of Orthodox Iconography. The coursework is divided into individual steps; the instructor explains the principles and then demonstrates each phase in detail, answering all questions. Through the process of demonstrations the stages as well the whole method of painting an icon will be presented.  The students will then put into practice these skills under the guidance of the instructor Theodoros Papadopoulos.
The techniques of painting will be taught in a clear and concrete way enabling the students to easily apply these techniques. From the very beginning to the completion of the course, every student will work on his or her painting with assistance by the instructor.
The size of the icon is 34X25 cm.
The schedule.
The schedule of courses runs daily from 9 am until 16:30.
Nevertheless, there is a possibility, if needed and depending on the progress of the courses, to extend the schedule by one and a half hours every day throughout the workshop and finish each day at 18:00.
Sunday September 15th, is a day off for the students.
One-day excursion to Meteora.
Sunday September 15th, is a day off for the students.
We recommend you to visit the beautiful and unique natural monument of Meteora, where you can see a complex of monasteries builded on vertical high rocks, called  'columns of the sky'.
Meteora is just 1.30 hours away from Larissa by car.
The cost of the excursion is approximately €50.
This will be a full day excursion with a tour guide and a minibus exclusively booked for the students.
This excursion is optional and is not included in the course fee.
For more information about Meteora click here.
Instructor
Theodoros Papadopoulos.
Click here to watch a short video about Theodoros Papadopoulos's Icon Painting workshops.
Location
Larissa, Greece.
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Course fee: 580. The price includes all materials including boards, pigments, brushes, etc.
Registration
Registration is required and course space is limited. Please register early to guarantee your spot.
A non-refundable deposit of €200 is required to reserve a place in this workshop.
The remaining balance is due upon arrival on September 11, 2019.
If you are interested in signing up, please make the deposit of €200 using the button below.

If you have trouble making the payment using the button above, or if you prefer other payment method, please contact me
at:  theodoreicons@gmail.com

Accommodation.
You can stay at hotel Helena if you wish, which offers a special discount to my students.
Single room: €30 per night including breakfast.
Double room: €40 per night including breakfast.
Hotel Helena is located in the center of Larissa, just three minutes walking from my studio.
If you wish to stay at hotel Helena, do not book your room online because you will not get the discount.
Contact me and I will book your room.
For any question about the course, or room reservation, please contact me at:
Theodoros Papadopoulos
theodoreicons@gmail.com

How to get to Larissa
I is very easy to get to Larissa from Athens.
There are five trains a day from Athens, and the duration of the trip is 4 hours.
You can also come to Larissa from Thessaloniki, as long as you can find flights to Thessaloniki airport.
There are trains almost  every two hours from Thessaloniki to Larissa and the duration of the trip is just 1:30 hours.
Click here to learn more about the train route & timetables from Athens as well as from Thessaloniki.

 

Water Gilding Workshop                
September 9-10, 2019
Larissa, Greece

This is a separate optional two-day gilding workshop.  Water gilding is a traditional and highly skilled technique used for the gilding of icons. During this workshop students will learn all the stages of water gilding technique using 23 carat gold leaf. Beginning with the preparation of the board which is done by applying linen then covering with many layers of gesso. The last stage of the process is applying the clay bole and finally burnishing the gold with an agate stone which results in gold that is smooth and shines like a mirror, obtaining a brilliant and very impressive effect.
Those students who participate in the water gilding workshop will practice the water gilding on the halo of the Mother of God icon, which is the icon that will be completed in the icon painting workshop immediately following the water gilding workshop.
Each student will practice the water gilding with any needed assistance given by the instructor, Theodoros Papadopoulos.
Course space for the water gilding workshop is limited. Please register early to guarantee your spot.
The schedule.
The schedule of courses runs from 9 am until 18:00.
Instructor: Theodoros Papadopoulos
Location
Larissa, Greece.
Click here for Map & Directions.
Course fee: 250. The price includes all materials that will be used by the students.
Students participating in both icon painting (
September 11-18) and water gilding workshop will pay only 200 for the gilding workshop.
Registration
Registration is required and course space is limited. Please register early to guarantee your spot.

A non-refundable deposit of €80 is required to reserve a place in this workshop.
The remaining balance is due upon arrival on September 9, 2019.
If you are interested in signing up, please make the deposit of 80 using the button below.

If you have trouble making the payment using the button above, or if you prefer other payment method, please contact me
at:  theodoreicons@gmail.com

Accommodation.
You can stay at hotel Helena if you wish, which offers a special discount to my students.
Single room: €30 per night including breakfast.
Double room: €40 per night including breakfast.
Hotel Helena is located in the center of Larissa, just three minutes walking from my studio.
If you wish to stay at hotel Helena, do not book your room online because you will not get the discount. Contact me and I will book your room.
So, for any question about the course, or room reservation, please contact me at:
Theodoros Papadopoulos
theodoreicons@gmail.com

 

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