Painting an Icon of the Mother of God:

A Intermediate/Advanced Workshop

with Master Iconographer Peter Murphy

August 5-9, 2019


In this 5 day workshop, students will have an opportunity to developing their icon painting skills involving the traditional method of “water gilding” and the Byzantine “proplasmos” technique of egg tempera painting. The 2019 workshop will focus on painting and gilding an icon of the Mother of God Glykophilousa (Sweet Loving Tenderness) in the late Byzantine Cretan /Venetian Style.   

To enhance their drawing skills, students will be asked to prepare their own drawing of the prototype provided by Peter in advance of the workshop. On the first morning of the workshop, Peter will review and suggest any necessary changes before the image is transferred to the board. . 

Materials such as the gold leaf, pigments and a handmade and gessoed Serbian lime wood panel are included in the cost of the workshop.

On Wednesday evening, Peter will give an illustrated lecture, 'Late and Post Byzantine Painting of the Creto/Venetian School, with special reference to the icon collection in the Museum of Icons of the Institute of Byzantine and Post Byzantine Studies Venice' which he has been researching in recent years.

N.B. This workshop can be counted towards studio credit for the MA of Sacred Arts through Pontifex University.

Peter Murphy is the founder of the St. Peter’s School for Sacred Art, Canterbury, U.K.  He regularly teaches iconography and egg tempera workshops throughout the United Kingdom as well as leading art history study tours to Italy.  He has been commissioned by a number of churches, notably Canterbury Cathedral,  Twekesbury Abbey, and Hereford Cathedral.

Fee:  $650 for SAGA Members; $695 for non-SAGA members.  The fee includes the gessoed board, gold leaf, and pigments.  Registrants will be provided with a supply list for the remaining items that they will need to bring.

Registration opens March 1st.  Space is limited, so please register early to ensure a spot.

A deposit of $300 is required in order to reserve your place in the workshop.  The balance will be due on July 1st. Payment may be made either by cheque or e-transfer.  Payment information can be found on the workshop registration form.