Vatoussa, a mountain village on the island of Lesvos will be the perfect setting for a Greek Icon workshop with iconographer Elena Antonova. Elena is the leading teacher at the Moscow Prosopon School of Iconology and her work can be found in churches all over Rusia as well as in Mount Athos. The workshop will take place from 3 June to 15 June and Lesbos, well-known as a place of religious pilgimage with the shrines at Agios Raphael and the famous Black Icon of St Michael at Mandamanos will welcome participants from Britian, Japan, Finland and Sweden to mention a few. Elena’s students will start work on icons of either St Gabriel or St Michael at the studio of another iconographer and artist Ann Welch, using the Russian float method made famous by Vladislav Andreyev’s Prosopon School of Iconology. Rare pigments such as Lapis Lazuli, Cinnabar and Malachite will be used to make the beautiful icons and give them an amazing jewel-like appearance. Lesvos was a favourite place of the iconographer and writer Fotis Kontoglou, and for Elena returning to the village of Vatoussa for the second time, it is a place which is ideal for her work and teachings. With regard to the theory of the icon, Elena says “It will surely be interesting. I can help the students to discover many new things in the understanding of the icons.” Participants of the workshop, who will work from 8:30am to 2:30pm can also look forward to visiting places of interest such as the Byzantine Museum in Mytilene and enjoy the hostel accomodation among the olive groves and spectacular mountains. On 15 June, at the end of the course, there will be a small exhibit of the work completed by the students and other established iconographers drawn to the course by Elena’s expertise. An added attraction of the exhibit will be a recital of Greek song by the director of Opera Lesvos, Ioanna Sfeka Karvela.
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