Studio Articles

Making an Icon: Wood

In this video, a closer look at the wood used to make an icon reveals details about the role a tree plays in creating an icon and the work done to find and prepare it.

Regina Icon Painting Workshop

Sunday, July 14th to Friday, July 19th, 2019. Location St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church3337 15th AvenueRegina, SK S4T 1T3 Contact Information Phone: 306-522-6052E-mail: stmarysanglican@sasktel.netWeb: www.stmarysregina.ca Fees: $350 $350 for teaching and supplies. Lunch provided. Description In this workshop, twelve participants will work together over a week to make an Orthodox icon using traditional methods … Read more

Naming of Saints in English

This is an issue very near to my heart. In 2005 our second son was born. He lived for thirty-eight days before entering the glory of his Father. His name was Anthony. In that too-short time with us, we were informed by some well-meaning members of our community that we had gotten his name wrong, … Read more

The Title “Saint”

Introduction Today, it is taken for granted that the title, “saint,” must prefix any saint’s name. Failure to do so seems highly disrespectful. This is our culture, and must be respected. But it must also be examined. We cannot simply change the practice here and now because it was different in another time and place. … Read more

The Blessing of Iconographic Style

Introduction When it comes to Orthodox iconographers, the question of style is a difficult one. Wanting to affirm the living tradition of iconography, we can instead be circumscribed by a dead traditionalism. This struggle involves every member of the Church. The faithful who commission icons are often attached to certain historic versions of an icon. … Read more

Toronto Icon Painting Workshop

Sunday, June 30th to Friday, July 5th, 2019. Arrival: 4pm on Sunday.Completion: 8pm on Friday.Registration deadline: June 24th, 2019. Location St. John’s Convent Guest House 233 Cummer Avenue Toronto, ON M2M 2E8 Contact Information Phone: 416-226-2201, ext. 305 E-mail: foodforthesoul@ssjd.ca Web: www.ssjd.ca Fees: $650 $350 for the teaching and supplies + $300 for overnight accommodation … Read more

Making a Traditional Icon Panel

Working with wood to make a panel remains something I love about making traditional orthodox icons. Maybe it’s the smell of the cut wood, which always takes me back to my Grandfather’s woodshop where we built things together when I was a child. Or, maybe it’s the fact that there’s always something more to learn … Read more

Kitchener Icon Class: Level 1

In this introductory iconography class, Symeon will teach 12 participants over 4 months to make an Orthodox icon using traditional methods and materials. The Level 1 class provides the experience of making an icon by copying one of Christ the Pantocrator created by Symeon for this purpose. Such work from a prototype makes room for new students … Read more

Woad Blue

It seems to me that all blues are the colour of the air—and this is certainly the case for woad blue. As the fall season comes to Canada, the hazy sky of summer clears and becomes a blue as deep as eternity offset by the flaming yellows and reds of the trees’ autumn leaves. It … Read more