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June Carving Workshop

June 9 - June 15

Six Days of Creation ​courses in icon carving are open to 10 students at each site. This ancient art is taught through both practical work and theory. Fro​m the earliest sarcophagi to lavish ivory miniatures to the austere Russian low reliefs, icon carving has been a vibrant part of the Orthodox Tradition.

Students will have the opportunity to carve either in either wood or stone. Those wishing to carve in wood are expected to have a basic understanding of woodworking as the course will focus on carving rather than technical aspects like laminating panels or sharpening tools. Although tools will be available, students should bring whatever gouges they have, ideally 1 straight gouge, 1 scoop gouge and 1 “V” gouge. For those wishing to carve stone, tools will be made available. Each student is expected to leave with at least one finished icon by the end of the class.​

Work and theory will intertwine through the week and will address following elements:

  • Icon carving in the Orthodox tradition, history with ancient and contemporary examples
  • Preparing a panel, choosing a pattern, tracing the pattern.
  • Grounding the image and basic shaping
  • Light and shadow in carving
  • Clothing, hands, hair, faces​​
  • Inscriptions​
  • Finishing and polishing

Course Details

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Instructor: Jonathan Pageau
Type of Course: Project and Lecture
Proficiency Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Length of Course: Each stage requires attendance at one six-day workshop
Ground Material: Wood or Stone
Materials: List of supplies to be provided by student will be sent upon registration


June 9
June 15
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Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
303 Tunxis Road
West Hartford, 06107 United States
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