Master Iconographer and Course Instructor, Hanna-Leena Ward, announced today that, on 11 September 2015, St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute graduate, Subdeacon Spyridon Morrow, completed, (with Honors), the Byzantine Icon-Painting Course at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, (PSTA), in London (UK).
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for that course, the student mastered and implemented a 27-step Icon-Painting process, which culminated in the painting of a close-up image of St. Michael the Archangel using egg tempera and natural and semi-precious pigments. The student used geometry in the design of the halo, which was gilded with 23.5 carat gold leaf, (click on image of St. Michael the Archangel for slide-show).
Subdeacon Spyridon Morrow has been certified by His Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Eminence ATHENAGORAS, Metropolitan-Archbishop of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Islands of the Caribbean, (Ecumenical Patriarchate), as an Archdiocesan Iconographer.
The Icon-Painting Courses at PSTA are based on the traditional model of master and apprentice teaching. Instruction covers all the processes required to create traditional Icons in egg tempera, including panel preparation, gessoing, gilding, pigment making, design principles, and painting techniques. The practical work of the students is placed into context through studies of the masterpieces of Icon painting and talks on theology, and the relationship of Iconography to Church architecture and worship. Students are also guided in ways of developing their skills in the contemporary business environment.
The PSTA Course Instructor, Iconographer Hanna-Leena Ward, has an MA in Traditional Arts from PSTA and has completed a four year Diploma Icon and Wall Painting course with Aidan Hart. She has also studied for many years with various masters from Russia, Greece, France, Romania, the United Kingdom, and Finland. She regularly paints commission pieces for Churches and private collectors. She lectures and teaches in the United Kingdom and in Finland, and is a visiting tutor at the Icon School of Bethlehem in Palestine.
Through my school for the traditional arts, I have tried to do what I can to continue the living traditions of the world’s sacred and traditional art forms. It is all too easily forgotten how crucial traditions are in handing on the immense richness of human knowledge, wisdom and skill, and giving them new life and new application. I hope that The School’s practical teaching and outreach programmes will enable the next generation to bring their inheritance to life.