Kitchener Icon Class: Level 2

In this advanced iconography class, Symeon will teach 8-12 participants  more about the traditional materials and methods of making an Orthodox icon. In the Level 2 class the focus expands from the icon’s face to a full portrait figure as the steps of making an icon are reviewed. Students will be also be provided with additional…

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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…

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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…

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New Colours and Stories from Cobalt

Cobalt is an amazing town to visit for local colours! A century ago it had a floating population of 12,000 people living in it, mined almost 1,000 tons of silver in a single year (30,000,000 ounces), and even had the cheek to dub Toronto as, “the place where you catch the train to Cobalt”. It’s…

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Firing Ochre and Bone

This week I fired some ochres and bones at my studio in Conestoga. I love this process, and was excited to see the results of heating a few different soils and clays from here in the village in my outdoor firing pit. I’d also been given a large bag of bones last fall from a friend who had…

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Local Colour in Icons

Yesterday an article of mine appeared in the Orthodox Arts Journal entitled, “Local Color in Icons”. The piece is a reflection of how living in Conestoga for the last 15 years has shaped my iconographic work, and is ultimately about how much I’ve found that the material world (especially its local colour pigments) can inspire sacred artwork. As…

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Saint Andrew: Membrane

A new icon of Saint Andrew is underway. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve researched, and worked out the drawing. With the board made and the gilding done, the under-painting was finished last week and I’ve now applied the membrane colours on the icon. The local colours from this icon are mostly from Conestoga, but the green…

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Getting Ready to Grow Woad Blue

Last weekend, with the help of the whole family, we got to work setting up for growing a new batch of woad here in Conestoga. Using old tires from the garage beside my studio, we set up fifty planters for what I hope will create an ideal place for last year’s woad seeds to grow. It…

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Iconography Workshop in Waterloo

Weekly from Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 until Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 Doors open at 6:30pm, class runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church’s Hall. The Waterloo Workshop is now full! Please contact Symeon if you wish to be notified when another is offered. Symeon will be instructing 8-12 participants in a 10 week series of…

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Making an Icon Talk in Waterloo

Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 7:30 pm Great Hall at Conrad Grebel University College All are welcome for this public talk. Over the years, I’ve worked through a number of ways of sharing about the traditional practices of iconography. In this talk, we’ll weave together the theologic, historic, stylistic, and material considerations that all combine…

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